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Scenes from tailgate parties around the UGA campus before the start of the Missouri at Georgia football game on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 in Athens.

Tailgating will not be permitted on the University of Georgia campus for the 2020 college football season, the school announced Tuesday.

Officials cited the current COVID-19 pandemic for the decision to ban tailgating. It was reached after discussion with public health guidelines and counsel provided by UGA health officials. It is consistent with the approach taken by other SEC schools, including Alabama, Florida, LSU, Auburn and Ole Miss.

“UGA Athletics realizes that fans will be traveling long distances to cheer on the Bulldogs,” the school said in a statement. “Therefore, fans will be allowed to gather near their vehicle with family members or those with whom they traveled and plan to sit with in the stadium. Please remember to maintain 6-feet social distancing and to wear masks when around others who are not part of your group. Parking lots on campus will open three hours before kick-off for each home game, and attendants will require all occupants in the vehicle to have tickets for the game.

“While we strongly encourage individuals and organizations off campus to follow UGA’s lead in taking appropriate measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, enforcement of social gatherings off-campus remains under the jurisdiction of Athens-Clarke County. UGA Athletics thanks fans in advance for adhering to these necessary, but regrettable, changes. We look forward to resuming our tradition of tailgating when it is safe to do so.”

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