I would like to take this opportunity to clarify the rule about spectators at tables as it came under fire today and bad information was shared.
Help Topic 2115 addresses this and should be read by anyone who has questions.
In part it states:
"Spectators should never speak at a tournament table after the match has begun, unless specifically addressed by a competitor. Although, it is common courtesy to ask if you may watch; it is not mandatory as this might be distracting. Players shouldn't be upset if the spectator does not ask for "permission" to watch, nor boot the spectator for not asking."
It further goes on to say:
If any player in the match objects to the presence of any spectator, s/he must leave the table on request; no explanation necessary. Spectators that refuse to leave upon request may be booted, but the boot must always be preceded by a polite request.
If you have any questions regarding this rule please address them to me in email at firstname.lastname@example.org.