VOL Navy and COVID-19 Restrictions
VOL NAVY & COVID-19: What You Need To Know!
It's almost football time in Tennessee! Woohoo! That means it's time for tailgating and the VOL Navy. Woohoo!!!
BUT just like everything else it's all a little different this year.
KnoxNews.com reported the following story and guidelines:
There will be very tight restrictions on "sail-gating" for Tennessee football fans.
As a COVID-19 safety measure, boats in the Vol Navy can only be stacked two deep at city-owned Volunteer Landing and Vol Navy docks downtown. This is a huge change, because boats near Neyland Stadium typically tie together in large chains that extend into the river.
"A lot of these biggerhouse boats can't maneuver their boats that quickly, so they move them down there to keep for the entire football season. A 24-hour limit is going to deter a lot of them from coming at all," said Vol Navy member Aaron Jones.
Docking space for transient boaters is still based on a first-come first-served basis, but the city asks boaters not to moor at the limited dock space for more than 24 hours. In addition, the city is asking only football game ticket-holders to moor at the docks on game days.
People crossing each others' boats should wear face coverings and keep social distance, the city said.
The new public health protocols are all aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19. The Knox County Health Department has reported that social gatherings are the No. 1 way the virus is spread in the county.
Vol Navy rules, which the city said will be enforced by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, aren't the only changes.