GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – It’s going to be awhile before fans are allowed back in Lambeau Field.
The Green Bay Packers announced “an indefinite hold on hosting fans for games at Lambeau Field this season” on Tuesday.
The team says this is in response to “the concerning increase of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the Green Bay area and across Wisconsin.” In order to host fans, officials say the area will need to see a “marked improvement” in the rate of hospitalizations, community infection rate, and positivity rate.
Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy says:
“We are very concerned with the rate of infection in our area. 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.”
The Packers say they will continue to evaluate a variety of factors in consultation with local medical and public health officials for the possibility of hosting fans later in the season.
Season ticket holders who have opted in for the opportunity to purchase tickets will receive instructions about the ticket-purchasing process at a later date if the Packers are able to host fans.