Tennessee AD Fulmer appears in Knoxville video urging masks, social distancing


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The city of Knoxville and University of Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer have teamed up in a video calling for teamwork to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The video is part of the #KnoxvilleSmiles campaign. While “Down the Field” and images of the UT campus are playing Fulmer lays out the strategy to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

In the video the former Vols head coach and offensive lineman straps on a mask and asks the public to “follow the game plan,” including to remember to practice social distancing, avoid crowds and clean hands often.

The video is part of a public-education series the city is doing on the importance of adhering to the five core actions, especially wearing a mask. The first video debuted July 20 and featured business owners and shoppers.

The five core actions include:

  • Practice physical distancing
  • Wear a cloth face covering when in public and physical distancing can’t be maintained
  • Wash hands properly and often
  • Clean surfaces regularly
  • Stay home when sick or told to quarantine/isolate

“The rally’s so important,” Fulmer says. “Let’s keep a good attitude and we will win.”

Fulmer previously appeared in a statewide “Do Your Part, Stay Apart” campaign, which encouraged Tennesseans to adopt preventative health measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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