SB 116 – Let Them Play and Let Us Watch

Primary Senate Sponsors: Sen. Todd Johnson (R-Union); Sen. Vickie Sawyer (R-Iredell, Yadkin); Sen. Kevin Britt (R-Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain)


This bill requires public and nonpublic high schools to limit the number of spectators able to attend an outdoor sporting event to no more than 40% of the outdoor facility’s approved occupancy capacity under the fire code or no more than 7 persons for every 1,000 square feet if the facility does not have an occupancy capacity under the fire code.

The bill also requires schools to comply with the requirements of the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit and the Interim Guidance for Administrators and Participants of Youth and Amateur Sports Programs when allowing access to outdoor sporting facilities in high schools.


Filed – 2/18/2021