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Plans for fans in the stands are under review

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Bills Stadium in Orchard Park could see fans in-person for the Buffalo Bills' first home playoff game since 1996. That according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who says the NFL is working with the state on a plan to allow 6,700 fans to attend the game.

" Could we allow fans to the game with testing and then contact trace after the game? That’s what the Department of Health has been working on,” Cuomo said Thursday.

The state continues to review the plan, which State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker says would be the first-of-its-kind in the country.

“We can control how fans come into the stadium. We can control other factors in dealing with the stadium. But the ancillary events, the parties, is where this virus can spread," Zucker said.

"The event at the airport (where fans jammed a parking lot to welcome the team's flight Saturday night )is a classic example, which we saw the other day. Thousands gathered without masks. And that’s how disease spreads."

According to the plan, the Bills would be responsible for monitoring fans entering and leaving the stadium, as well as maintaining social distancing and mask rules.

 

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Thomas moved to Western New York at the age of 14. A graduate of Buffalo State College, he majored in Communications Studies and was part of the sports staff for WBNY. When not following his beloved University of Kentucky Wildcats and Boston Red Sox, Thomas enjoys coaching youth basketball, reading Tolkien novels and seeing live music.