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Lexington County Council overrules COVID, Lexington County Blowfish fans can come

Fans had been forbidden from attending Lexington County Blowfish games at Lexington County Baseball Stadium since the July 1 season-opener because of coronavirus fears.

PHOTO – Blowfish player and former River Bluff star Josh Senter – Blowfish photo.

On Tuesday, Lexington County Council unanimously approved a resolution that will allow the Blowfish to play in front of fans.

Tuesday’s council meeting -Blowfish photo

Bill and Vicki Shanahan had appealed the executive order from the Governor’s office that had kept fans away from the Lexington County Baseball Stadium. The owners wanted to get the stadium back open to the public for Wednesday’s game against the Lake Murray Purple Martins.

The Shanahans said the team may not survive much longer if fans are locked out

So on Tuesday Lexington County Council designated the Blowfish as an amateur youth baseball team so the fans can come watch the game in person.

Under the governor’s guideline of May 20, the baseball team was deemed a “nonessential business.” Fans are allowed at travel baseball leagues and the S.C. American Baseball Summer League games.

At Tuesday’s Council meeting the Shanahans presented a video that detailed the measures taken by the Blowfish to provide a safe environment for the fans. Those measures include:

  • Temperature checks for the fans and COVID-19 test for the players.
  • Limiting capacity to 30 percent and the spacing of seats for social distancing
  • Thoroughly disinfecting the ballpark
  • Installing plexiglass sneeze guards at the concession stand booths
  • All employees must wear masks