The Green Bay Packers announced on Tuesday that they will continue playing without fans at the historic Lambo Stadium indefinitely this season, as Wisconsin sees a jump in coronavirus cases.
Since September 5, when the NFL season began, the state has recorded 48,847 new cases of the coronavirus, according to the state health department. The seven-day state average for the percentage of positive tests per person increased from 10% on September 5 to 17% on October 5, according to the Health Department.
“We are heading in the wrong direction with regards to hospitalizations and positive cases, and based on recommendations from community healthcare and public health officials, it is not advisable for fans to host the stadium for games at this time,” said Mark Murphy, Packers President and CEO.
Murphy said the team will continue to assess the situation and alert the public to any future updates. Meanwhile, he urged them to wear masks, social distancing, and take other health precautions.
He said, “When watching our matches, please identify the people you support in a small circle of your family or close friends.”
The Packers got off to a great start this year, beating the Atlanta Falcons Monday night to start the season 4-0.
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