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Shelby County Health Department director Alisa Haushalter explains new health directive for the Memphis area.

Memphis Commercial Appeal

Memphis will have a larger crowd for its next home football game against UCF on Oct. 17.

Shelby County Health Department director Alisa Haushalter said Tuesday in her latest directive that the county would decrease social distancing requirements at sporting events from 12 feet to six feet.

The Memphis athletic department followed the news by stating that capacity at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium would increase to nearly 12,000 for the Tigers’ game against UCF.

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The Tigers had an announced attendance of 4,537 for its season opener against Arkansas State on Sept. 5 when fans were required to be 12 feet apart.

In a statement Tuesday, Memphis athletic department Laird Veatch praised the health department for its pragmatic and thoughtful approach in keeping fans