2 ACC teams will have to wear masks on field during game as part of state mandate
Changes are coming in one ACC game this weekend, as a pair of teams will have new guidelines to follow due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Friday, Pittsburgh issued a statement announcing that both it and Virginia Tech’s players and staff will all be wearing masks on the sidelines and on the field during Saturday’s game. The announcement comes after Pennsylvania put new coronavirus safety guidelines in place.
“In alignment with the recent guidance from state officials regarding the current health climate, Pitt’s football team will be appropriately outfitted for Saturday’s game with face coverings to use on the field and sideline. This is being communicated to Virginia Tech’s sports medicine staff as well,” the statement read.
According to ESPN’s Andrea Adelson, a Virginia Tech official “confirmed the school’s medical team has been made aware of the appropriate guidelines.”
Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech will be the first two teams to have all of its players wearing masks on the field during a game. There have frequently been players and coaches wearing masks on the sidelines, but there have also been some who haven’t done so.
Now, every player and staff member will be wearing masks, which could end up becoming more common, particularly in Pennsylvania due to its guidelines.
Last week, Pittsburgh’s game against Georgia Tech was postponed with both schools having positive COVID-19 tests within their programs. This will be the Panthers’ first game since Nov. 7.
Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech are set to kick off at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday on ACC Network.