Green Bay Packers announce indefinite hold on fan attendance
The Green Bay Packers are placing an indefinite hold on fan attendance for the 2020 season. The team released a statement on Tuesday afternoon.
News of the indefinite hold comes as the Green Bay area has experienced a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. There have also been issues across the state of Wisconsin with containing the virus.
Green Bay said that in order to host fans, there will need to be significant improvements made in the area and across the state. So far, teams in the NFL have played four games this season, completing a quarter of the schedule.
“We are very concerned with the rate of infection in our area,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “We are trending in the wrong direction in terms of hospitalization and positive cases, and based on recommendations from community healthcare and public health officials, hosting fans at the stadium for games is not advisable at this time.
“We’d all like to resume safely attending games at Lambeau Field. We know enjoying gameday is an integral part of our community and recognize how important it is to our area. However, the health and safety of our players, staff and community is our priority. We all need to take the pandemic seriously and do our part to reduce the spread of the virus, which should lead to significant improvement in the rates of infection and hospitalizations. At that point we’ll be able to experience games in person.
“We urge everyone to wear masks, socially distance and practice proper hand hygiene. When watching our games, please limit the people with whom you cheer to your small circle of family or close friends.”
Green Bay is off to a 4-0 start this season. The Packers have an off weekend this Sunday and will have back-to-back road games against Tampa Bay and Houston. They’ll return to Lambeau Field on Sunday, Nov. 1.