NFL will require all fans attending games in 2020 to wear face coverings

No matter how many fans NFL teams allow at games this year, one thing became clear Wednesday: Everyone entering the stadium will be required to wear face coverings, according to league spokesman Brian McCarthy.

As the league and players continue to hammer out protocols for the season and the COVID-19 pandemic has a resurgence in most of the United States, NFL ticket holders should also expect drastic changes to their normal game day experience.

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In a memo distributed Tuesday, the Green Bay Packers announced mobile tickets will be used as the primary method of entry to Lambeau Field, hand sanitizer would be available throughout the concourses, all concessions and merchandise would be sold on a cashless basis and that tailgating – a staple of Packers games – could be prohibited at stadium lots.

The Packers, who will likely cap attendance at 12,000 per game, said face coverings could only be removed when fans are eating or drinking.

The Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens have also announced reduced capacities for home games, while the New York Jets and Giants will not be hosting fans at MetLife Stadium until further notice, per an executive order from New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.

With the preseason being canceled at the urging of the NFL Players Association, the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs are currently scheduled to tee up the first game of the league's 101st campaign seven weeks from Thursday.

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