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Atlanta Public Schools enforce new safety measure for sporting events

Gené Hunter
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(ATLANTA, Ga.) As crime continues to rise throughout the city of Atlanta and surrounding towns, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) is taking new safety precautions for athletic events.

APS is enforcing a new rule for all attendees of athletic events in stadiums and gyms to bring items in clear bags only. The district has adopted a policy similar to those used by universities and professional sports teams in order to increase safety.

In addition to keeping students, parents, faculty and other spectators safe, allowing only clear bags in sporting events will decrease the time people spend in line waiting to enter into stadiums and gyms. The decrease in waiting times is also a way APS plans to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, as people won’t spend much time in line next to one another.

”These proactive measures are meant to enhance safety inside the stadium and speed the security screening process for all fans to ensure an enjoyable experience as we strive for a safe and secure environment,” said APS police Chief Ronald Applin, in a written statement.

With the new rules, attendees are allowed to bring in one-gallon, clear plastic freezer bags or a clear tote bag that does not exceed 12 inches by six inches by 12 inches. A full list of permissible and banned items can be found on the district’s website.

In addition to the bag rule, APS also recently announced a new online ticketing system for entry into games.

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