Masks required at all NFL games this season

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It’s official: If you’re going to an NFL game this season, you have to wear a mask.

Several teams had already announced that they would be requiring fans to wear masks in stadiums, but today NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed that it’s a league-wide policy that all fans are to wear face coverings.

Masks are a simple, easy way to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, and public health officials have said that one of the best ways for the United States to get the virus in check is for everyone to wear masks when going out.

If fans want the NFL to have a season at all, they should be wearing masks whenever they’re out of the house. If the spread of the virus can’t be brought under control, another round of large-scale lockdowns that would cause NFL games to be canceled may be the only option.

62 responses to “Masks required at all NFL games this season

  1. How much do you wanna bet that teams will give out masks to all fans which will have a huge advertisement on it

  2. Well if masks work so well – then why cant we fill the stadiums to full capacity? Or if we arent filling stadiums to capacity and are social distacing seats, then why do we need a mask? Makes zero sense.

  3. “Well if masks work so well – then why cant we fill the stadiums to full capacity?”

    It doesn’t work “so well” that nothing else is needed. Hence the importance of “social distancing.” Each helps, but neither (even together) guarantees non-spreading. It just mitigates.

    But then again I hope and pray you knew that already and were just trolling for giggles.

  4. How much do you wanna bet that teams will give out masks to all fans which will have a huge advertisement on it

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    Would be a great revenue stream and will help make up for some of the loss elswhere

  5. Well if masks work so well – then why cant we fill the stadiums to full capacity? Or if we arent filling stadiums to capacity and are social distacing seats, then why do we need a mask? Makes zero sense.

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    They haven’t said if stadiums can or can’t be at full capacity yet. With this I’m guessing they are going to try to make them be full or closer

  6. 50Stars says:
    July 22, 2020 at 2:04 pm
    Well if masks work so well – then why cant we fill the stadiums to full capacity? Or if we arent filling stadiums to capacity and are social distacing seats, then why do we need a mask? Makes zero sense.
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    Because it’s not either/or, it’s both. Masks don’t work “so well”. They only reduce risk, not eliminate. As does distancing. As does disinfecting. As does hand washing. All they do is mitigate. If anything “worked “ COVID-19 would be gone. We’ve gone to the extremes and it’s still here. Relaxing the measures may help business and entertainment but it won’t help fight the spread.

  7. Well if masks work so well – then why cant we fill the stadiums to full capacity? Or if we arent filling stadiums to capacity and are social distacing seats, then why do we need a mask? Makes zero sense.

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    Just wear a mask! Please stop arguing just to argue. SMH.

  8. 50Stars says:
    July 22, 2020 at 2:04 pm
    Well if masks work so well – then why cant we fill the stadiums to full capacity? Or if we arent filling stadiums to capacity and are social distacing seats, then why do we need a mask? Makes zero sense.

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    Masks partially reduce the spread….not 100% avoid the spread. Distancing is just another factor to help in the reduction. Masks and distancing combined are better than either on their own.

  9. some big errors in the comments.

    It takes both social distancing and masks to reduce the risk to virtually 0.
    Also, Fauci didn’t say masks wouldn’t help, he said don’t take the doctor’s supply.

  10. Masks are optional, (as well as social distancing) if you show up to “protest” against the other team.

  11. Paying big money for tickets/parking and being forced to wear a mask for several hours doesn’t sound like an enjoyable game day experience to me.

  12. Corporate America agrees, masks are good! Wear a mask ya goons let’s get all this over with.

  13. “Masks are a simple, easy way to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.”

    That is a false statement.

    There is no simple, easy way to stop the spread of the virus.

    In fact, there’s no way at all that will stop the spread of the virus.

  14. Wearing a mask in hot weather walking from my car into the store 20 yards is bad enough already. I can’t imagine fans wearing masks for over 3 hours for southern and west coast games.

  15. ernstzundel0620 says:
    July 22, 2020 at 2:13 pm
    But wait, didn’t Fauci tell us when this started masks won’t help?
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    Yes, and he explained why, and then we also learned how many more asymptomatic cases there are than originally thought, and how those are probably what fanned and continue to fan the flames. Have you not been paying attention for the last 4 months?

  16. Look at other countries that made masks mandatory and then compare their spike to ours. Just put the damn thing on. Please.

  17. As a season ticket holder, I have a difficult time imagining sitting in a 90 degree stadium for 3-4 hours with a mask on. Much less eating, drinking, and going to the bathroom.

  18. 50Stars says:
    July 22, 2020 at 2:04 pm
    Well if masks work so well – then why cant we fill the stadiums to full capacity? Or if we arent filling stadiums to capacity and are social distacing seats, then why do we need a mask? Makes zero sense.
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    It’s too logical for the NFL and others.

  19. Cloth masks help. They help keep you from spraying the virus into the air when you talk. There is also growing evidence that wearing a mask may reduce the amount of the virus you are exposed to, and that this may reduce the severity of the disease in the event you are exposed.

  20. Ha, thats funny. Based on the attitudes expressed here and in the community – amplified by the bias inherent in the population choosing to go to an NFL game in person – a mask mandate is a complete sham. Anyone who understands that masks have value and goes to a game with the belief that their fellow fans will adhere to this requirement is deluding themselves.

  21. Remember to stay at least 6 feet away from everyone else as well, because if you’re five feet eleven inches, or closer, you can catch the virus, but at six feet you’re safe

  22. Great, when do I get my refund for the tickets that were cancelled this week?
    Electronic transfers are immediate.

  23. If masks worked so well wouldn’t Covid cases be dropping? Seems masks are as effective as the quarantining…

    High risk, stay home. Everyone else, live your life as you please. No one has any true answers.

  24. gotitan says:
    July 22, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    As a season ticket holder, I have a difficult time imagining sitting in a 90 degree stadium for 3-4 hours with a mask on. Much less eating, drinking, and going to the bathroom.

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    What exactly are you doing in the bathroom that would make it difficult to wear a mask?

  25. SWFLPC.INC says:
    July 22, 2020 at 2:47 pm
    I like the people I see wearing a mask when driving by themselves in their car
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    Perfect comment. It shows the complete nonsense of the mask proponents.
    But I’m sure that lone person in the car is trying to protect themselves from passing on the virus to themselves. LOL.

    By the way, I am fine with wearing a mask at the virus infected stores.

  26. -Much less eating, drinking, and going to the bathroom.-

    How does a mask prohibit going to the bathroom?

  27. gotitan says:
    July 22, 2020 at 2:56 pm
    As a season ticket holder, I have a difficult time imagining sitting in a 90 degree stadium for 3-4 hours with a mask on. Much less eating, drinking, and going to the bathroom.
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    I agree about eating and drinking, but why does it make a difference wearing a mask when going to the bathroom?

  28. Masks, social distancing, hand washing work. Look at the northeast. A COVID hot bed in the first couple of months. With taking the steps above, the rate of infection and deaths have decreased. In CT, infection rate is under 1%. Have had 3 days with no COVID deaths. Compare that to many states in the south. Particularly Florida.

  29. If cloth masks are such great shields to viruses, why did we shut down back in April to begin with? Why didn’t we just wear masks?

  30. Not going to the damn game is a better way not to spread the virus. People are acting like this is going to be over by the fall so the virus will let us get our football season in or we can just “work and play” around it. They just don’t get it. This will all be an exercise in stupidity.

  31. In Toronto, Canada, we are down to just a couple of dozen new cases per day, in a city of five million, and we aren’t allowing baseball to be played. It blows my mind that America continues to move forward with sports in the midst of setting daily record after daily record of infections.

  32. Masks partially reduce the spread….not 100% avoid the spread. Distancing is just another factor to help in the reduction. Masks and distancing combined are better than either on their own.

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    regarding this comment and many others like it…..it’s amazing at this point it even needs to be said anymore.

  33. I work in a warehouse 50 hours a week lifting heavy boxes and walking 10-15 miles a day. Wear a mask the whole time. Im happy to do it because it shows respect to the health of my colleagues.

    There are a lot of Americans, that otherwise go out of their way to sound like tough guys, that sound like whiners and weaklings to me when they talk about how they can’t handle wearing one, sitting down, or shopping.

  34. Requiring the NFL fan base to wear masks for 4 hours at a game…what could possibly go wrong?

  35. johngaltwho says:
    July 22, 2020 at 3:17 pm
    Ha, thats funny. Based on the attitudes expressed here and in the community – amplified by the bias inherent in the population choosing to go to an NFL game in person – a mask mandate is a complete sham. Anyone who understands that masks have value and goes to a game with the belief that their fellow fans will adhere to this requirement is deluding themselves.
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    A million times this. Can’t even get people to wear one for 30 min in the grocery store, imagine the attitude on a $500 game day

  36. Hmm, watch the game at home for free or sit in a hot expensive stadium with my mask on so I can’t breath…all for the illusion of safety. Think I’ll sit this one out, literally

  37. And this policy will continue until 11/4/20 when it is no longer needed

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    It wouldn’t have been needed at all had we had real leadership at the federal level.

  38. Man. I stay at home except for essentials. But going voluntarily to public events with the pandemic still spiking? I just dont get it. What will the potential spread rate be? Not me. Please, everyone stay safe.

  39. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    July 22, 2020 at 3:38 pm
    SWFLPC.INC says:
    July 22, 2020 at 2:47 pm
    I like the people I see wearing a mask when driving by themselves in their car
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    Perfect comment. It shows the complete nonsense of the mask proponents.
    But I’m sure that lone person in the car is trying to protect themselves from passing on the virus to themselves. LOL.

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    If you know that you’re going to be making multiple stops on your trip, then it makes the most sense to just leave it on rather than constantly touching it, taking it off, putting it back on, etc.

  40. Lotta people afraid of a piece of fabric on their face. No wonder the virus is out of control in America.

  41. tombreck2 says:
    July 22, 2020 at 2:02 pm
    How much do you wanna bet that teams will give out masks to all fans which will have a huge advertisement on it
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    How much do you want to bet that the NFL will be selling all fans masks @ $10 for a mask that costs them $0.25?

  42. Mask wearing is a health risk and effects your immune system according to Drs.
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    Yet, your Dr. wears one for a 12 hour shift. I think your fragile health can handle wearing one for 20 minutes.

  43. ktoast says:
    July 22, 2020 at 4:50 pm
    In Toronto, Canada, we are down to just a couple of dozen new cases per day, in a city of five million, and we aren’t allowing baseball to be played. It blows my mind that America continues to move forward with sports in the midst of setting daily record after daily record of infections.
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    Hmmm…Isn’t the NHL having a Stanley Cup Tournament in Canada? Mostly based in Toronto? It blows my mind how Canada continues to move forward with sports…

  44. As bad as New England is going to be, the Pats fans are going to be grateful for having to wear masks.

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