Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has announced that the state is revising a decision and will allow professional sports leagues to return to play in June in the wake of attempting to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, Abbott revealed that outdoor stadiums can host fans up to their 25 percent normal capacity.
In coordination with the revised order, leagues will have to apply with Texas health officials to be allowed to have fans. On the contrary, indoor venues still aren't allowed to have fans in attendance.
The state released a system of "Minimum Standard Health Protocols" on May 22 that leagues would have to adhere to:
Each professional sports league that desires to reopen must first submit a plan to the Texas Department of State Health Services ("DSHS"). Spectators are allowed for outdoor events, provided that outdoor venues limit the number of spectators to no more than 25% of the normal operating limits of the venue as determined by the facility owner. Spectators are not permitted for indoor events. Each plan must incorporate these minimum health protocols to the greatest extent possible.
Texas also has set up guidelines that the leagues have to follow, including recommending that fans and employees adhere to social distancing rules and stay at least six feet apart from anyone that doesn't reside in their household. In addition, fans will have to take more drastic measures such as using masks and sanitizing their hands on a frequent basis.
Athletes won't be required to wear face masks, but Texas guidelines will require them to be worn on the sidelines.
Sports return to the state June 11-14 when the PGA Tour's Charles Schwab Challenge comes to Fort Worth. The event won't include fans in attendance.