NFL-style clear bag policy goes into effect today at all Atlanta Public Schools sporting events

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By Itoro Umontuen | on August 20, 2021

Staff Report | The Atlanta Voice

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To supply a safer situation for the nationalist and importantly expedite instrumentality introduction into Atlanta Public Schools Athletic venues, the APS Office of Safety and Security volition instrumentality an Operational Clear Bag Procedure beginning August 20, 2021, that limits the size and benignant of bags that whitethorn beryllium brought into stadiums, gymnasiums, and different diversion fields.

Prohibited items include but are not constricted to purses larger than a 4.5″ x 6.5” clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, market bags, cinch bags, non-approved seat backs and spot cushions, luggage of immoderate kind, machine bags and camera bags oregon immoderate container larger than the permissible size.

The caller process is akin to those adopted by galore assemblage stadiums, the NFL and different venues that big different amusement events.

“Public information and stadium information procedures are reviewed each twelvemonth arsenic we look for ways to amended them,” said APS Police Chief Ronald Applin. “These proactive measures are meant to heighten information wrong the stadium and velocity the information screening process for each fans to guarantee an enjoyable acquisition arsenic we strive for a harmless and unafraid environment.”

The caller process is besides successful enactment with the district’s COVID-19 mitigation protocols arsenic spectators volition walk little clip waiting successful lines.

“The wide container is easy and rapidly searched and greatly reduces faulty container searches,” Applin said. “This volition alteration america to determination fans done our information cheque points overmuch faster.”

Fans volition beryllium capable to transportation the pursuing benignant and size container astatine stadium plaza areas, stadium gates, oregon erstwhile approaching lines of fans awaiting introduction into the stadium:

  • Tote bags that are wide plastic, vinyl, oregon PVC and bash not transcend 12” x 6” x 12”
  • One-gallon wide integrative freezer container (Ziploc container oregon similar), AND/OR
  • Small clutch bags with oregon without a grip oregon strap, nary larger than 4.5” x 6.5” (approximately the size of a hand), tin beryllium taken into the stadium with 1 of the wide integrative container options
  • Diapers and wipes whitethorn beryllium carried successful a permissible 12”x6”x12” wide container (diaper bags are not permitted).

Metal detector screening and a hunt of each items being carried successful whitethorn instrumentality spot astatine each APS Athletic Venues. However, determination are nary provisions disposable to store oregon safeguard immoderate prohibited bags.

An objection volition beryllium made for medically indispensable items aft due inspection astatine a gross by respective gross supervisor.

Non-approved seat backs/seat cushions see ample accepted spot cushions that person pockets, zippers, compartments, oregon covers.

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