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No fans allowed at Buffalo Bills home games...yet

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Fans still will not be allowed to attend Buffalo Bills home games this season, despite hopes that some might be allowed at the next home game Thursday night.

The Bills next play the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs in Orchard Park.

The Bills had lobbied the state to allow 17,000 fans attend home games and later reduced that to 9,000. On Monday, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said he would ask the state to allow up to 7,000 fans.

A top Bills official attended the team's game at Miami earlier this month, since the Dolphins are one of the few NFL teams that are allowing limited attendance this season. Tuesday afternoon, the Bills said there has been no change to attendance protocols and fans will not be able to attend home Bills games for the foreseeable future.

"At the end of August, we announced we would not be having fans for the first two games of our season based on guidance from the State Department of Health for professional sports," the team said in a statement. "As of today, there has been no change to those protocols."

The team said allowing fans to watch the game in person will be reconsidered "should those protocols change" and a "safe environment" can be provided.

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