Duke changes security measures for sporting events


DURHAM – In accordance with Duke University policy and local regulations, Duke Athletics will begin its fall season with a mask mandate in place for fans and spectators.

Guests are encouraged to follow the guidelines below and do their part to ensure a safe and healthy matchday for all guests and matchday staff. Duke will continue to put the health and safety of our larger community first. We strongly encourage all people to be fully immunized before attending events on the Duke University campus and expect all visitors to adhere to university, local and national guidelines.

Guidelines are subject to change throughout the season. Please visit GoDuke.com/staysafe and follow @Duke_GAMEDAY on Twitter for updates leading up to gameday.

  • Duke University now requires masks / face covers for all people in indoor public spaces, regardless of immunization status. Additionally, the City and County of Durham have implemented an indoor mask warrant effective 5:00 p.m. on August 9.
    • Under the mandate, face masks / coverings are mandatory indoors for all guests over 5 years of age, regardless of their immunization status. Face masks / covers are mandatory at all times, except when actively eating or drinking. Please note that indoor areas of outdoor venues (e.g. restrooms, indoor premium / reception areas, first aid locations, etc.) are included in this requirement.
    • Reasonable accommodation for guests with medical or behavioral conditions or disabilities will be available in accordance with the terms of the mandate. Please contact Duke University Disability Management for assistance.
    • Face masks / coverings are required for all customers using Duke Transit services – including courtesy shuttles on match days and vans equipped with accessible elevators for accessibility assistance (if applicable).
  • Stay home if you feel sick. Guests should not attend a game if they have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, a new loss / change in taste or smell, or if they have recently tested positive for COVID-19.
  • An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is a contagious disease that can lead to serious illness, with people over 65 and the underlying medical conditions particularly vulnerable. By attending a sporting event on the Duke University campus, the individual assumes all risk associated with exposure to COVID-19.

Duke is committed to promoting a safe environment for all gameday guests.



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