Norman City Council To Consider New Game Day Restrictions

Tuesday, September 8th 2020, 5:43 am
By: Ashley Holden

Norman -

On Tuesday, Norman's City Council will consider putting extra restrictions in place for bars and restaurants on home game days for the University of Oklahoma.

People are not allowed to tailgate on campus this year, so the concern is that fans will crowd restaurants and bars around Norman.

The potential new restrictions would mean bars and restaurants in the city would have to reduce their capacity to 50 percent. This would be specifically on days were there is a home OU football game. The change would also include bar areas and outdoor patios.

Last week, Norman's city council started talking about this potential change. Council members and Mayor Breaa Clark said they had talked to restaurant owners and said businesses understood the importance of precautions.

"They do recognize if OU goes all virtual then there's not game day and no game day business at all," said Ward 1 council member Kate Bierman. "So trying to find that right and appropriate balance."

News 9 also reached out to some business owners in the city as well. They echoed what city council members discussed. 

The council will now consider these restrictions at their meeting at 6:30 p.m.