Following Gov. John Bel Edwards’ new proclamation, which eased Louisiana back into a modified Phase 2, the LHSAA has unveiled stricter guidelines for the 2020 football playoffs.

LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine sent a memo Wednesday with updated rules and regulations for member host schools to follow this postseason. Among those include enforcing fans to wear a mask at all times.

Along with wearing a mask, fans must also be seated 6-feet apart from each other, and that includes family members.

Evidence of failure to comply will result in a $500 fine for the school, along with the loss of hosting and potentially participating in any further football games and/or winter sports.

“I can’t emphasize enough the importance for adherence,” Bonine stated in the memo. “This COVID-19 surge is serious in nature, as across our state in every region is reporting a substantial increase in cases and hospitalizations.”

The recent mandate requires all sporting events be capped at 25% capacity regardless of whether a parish is under the 5% threshold or not.

The memo closed with the following statement from Bonine: “It is our intent to not lose the momentum we have gained to this point with fall sports and the beginning of our winter sports season, all because some prefer to turn a blind eye to those LHSAA COVID-19 recommendations and guidelines suggested for these events. That time has come to an end.”

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