With COVID-19 cases increasing in Wisconsin, Packers say no fans indefinitely

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COVID-19 cases are increasing in Wisconsin, and as a result the Packers have no plans to allow fans at Lambeau Field.

Although the team had previously been optimistic about the possibility of having fans, Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said it’s just not realistic with the worsening situation in Wisconsin.

“We are very concerned with the rate of infection in our area,” said Murphy. “We are trending in the wrong direction in terms of hospitalization and positive cases, and based on recommendations from community healthcare and public health officials, hosting fans at the stadium for games is not advisable at this time.

“We’d all like to resume safely attending games at Lambeau Field. We know enjoying gameday is an integral part of our community and recognize how important it is to our area. However, the health and safety of our players, staff and community is our priority. We all need to take the pandemic seriously and do our part to reduce the spread of the virus, which should lead to significant improvement in the rates of infection and hospitalizations. At that point we’ll be able to experience games in person.

“We urge everyone to wear masks, socially distance and practice proper hand hygiene. When watching our games, please limit the people with whom you cheer to your small circle of family or close friends.”

It now appears unlikely that any fans will attend any games at Lambeau Field this year.

47 responses to “With COVID-19 cases increasing in Wisconsin, Packers say no fans indefinitely

  1. Hawks fan in peace.

    I don’t like the packers, but they are undoubtedly a foremost establishment in this league.

    The message, the culture, on this subject, that is what real leadership looks like and should be applauded.

  2. Fine, I’ll say it…If this thing was THAT serious, half the country, if not more wouldn’t be saying it’s overblown, the average person wouldn’t need to extend beyond the normal 6 degrees of separation to find a case of covid that MIGHT have been the catalyst for a serious health outcome or fatality. Imagine if it wasn’t reported on ad nauseum. Would anyone even know? I mean sure, play along, wear a mask so people feel warm and fuzzy and you aren’t berated. But the discrepancy between reality and reaction is ridiculous. You’d think every one knows someone who has been tragically touched by this thing and people are dropping like flies. Sorry, I know the pc thing to do is full buy-in and “dON’t bE sELfIsH” but this is dumb. “CaSEs, sO mANy CasES”. Whatever. Open things up already.

  3. Very smart , unlike Missouri who has the 4th highest rate of infection in the US , yet is allowing fans to attend games, not a good idea!
    Plus Can someone please tell the KC coach the face shield he is wearing is TOTALLY ineffective!!!!!

  4. remember this past summer when packer fans where making for of other teams and other cities with COVID. Glad to see nobody else is making jokes back and packer fans are all alone in the gutter.

  5. factsonlybub says:
    October 6, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    Fine, I’ll say it…If this thing was THAT serious, half the country, if not more wouldn’t be saying it’s overblown, the average person wouldn’t need to extend beyond the normal 6 degrees of separation to find a case of covid that MIGHT have been the catalyst for a serious health outcome or fatality. Imagine if it wasn’t reported on ad nauseum. Would anyone even know? I mean sure, play along, wear a mask so people feel warm and fuzzy and you aren’t berated. But the discrepancy between reality and reaction is ridiculous. You’d think every one knows someone who has been tragically touched by this thing and people are dropping like flies. Sorry, I know the pc thing to do is full buy-in and “dON’t bE sELfIsH” but this is dumb. “CaSEs, sO mANy CasES”. Whatever. Open things up already.

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    Exactly what planet are you living on? It’s your very sentiment that is the EXACT reason Covid has become such a problem – far beyond what it needed to be. As far as your “then why would half the population…” reasoning, I’ll quote the late George Carlin: “Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize that half of them are stupider than that.”

  6. If only people could figure out why the bump in July, after almost two months of decline, and why the bump in Wisconsin. Could there have been marching and yelling in large numbers of people that is contributing to the rise in cases?

  7. @patsbrat

    Go ahead and visit the CDC’s website. Take a gander at the criteria for what constitutes a “case”. While you’re at it, you can also look at how they categorize covid deaths.
    Yes. Wildly.
    Again, do you really think it would even be close to 50/50 if this were something that was THAT pervasive in every day life? No way anywhere near that is questioning a thing if the magnitude of the health crisis matched that of the reaction. This debate doesn’t even exist.

  8. Live in Wisconsin. I know one family that’s actually gotten it in the past seven months. All were fine.

  9. It’s overblown!. Deny science, don’t wear a mask, breathe on your relative. Where do you get that half the country is saying it this deadly virus is overblown? 68 % are very concerned about Covid-19.

  10. I remember when things were looking (better:I used better) in my state of NJ. Feeling the pressure of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday our gov. Decided we suddenly could have larger outdoor gatherings. I’ve asked this many times. But what if we just would have towed the line we were on. My kids might be in school right now and I might not be stuck in my house. Thanks Murph.

  11. Smart move by the Pack. While the public health issue is obviously key, for the NFL operations-wise, it makes sense to limit all football and facility personnel to unnecessary covid exposure, whether that’s from fans in the stands or something else. Sure, covid may not be fatal to 95% of those exposed, but exposure can at minimum shut down teams for a week or two and disrupt the season (see the Titans). Why take the chance when the games can be played and folks can watch from home? Does that really violate your all-important freedoms or just make common sense?

  12. Ok – there is really something dumb comments going on here. People are calling it the flu – people are asking for things to be open. People are saying that it is not serious – only that is not the fact. Yes the seasonal flu is not nice but – Most years, the US death toll from the flu is estimated but varies between 34,000 to 43,000. The US has already had 210,000 deaths ( facts that may be an underestimate because some of the early deaths in long term care were not tested). And now you have 3 months left to count and that number could easily double. Finally the costs of treating COVID is definitely quadruple the cost of treating the seasonal flu. So you Wisconsonites can fight the government and health officials but you will remember down the road that you were wrong when this thing is finally over and the fact that the Pack did not allow a bunch of naysayers get sick was a good thing.

  13. All these chunky hill billies give you this arrogant/condescending smirk when you walk into the gas station wearing a mask. It’s like they’re proud to be in Casey’s pounding down heat lamp pizza without wearing a mask. There’s no wonder it’s spreading here.

  14. Luckily they did this otherwise all of wisconson would have gotten covid….and then they all would have died….well at least .001% of the people infected would have died and at least .3% of wisconson would have caught it….to second the opinion above if everyone had believed covid was a bad case of the flu and nobody told u different no one would have wanted any lockdowns…

  15. @shyts7

    Your comment shows just how little you know about Wisconsin and its geography. The protests you were referring to happened in Kenosha, which is in the southeast corner of the state, where I the hottest zone of covid cases in the state are in northeast Wisconsin, which is hours away.

  16. The NFL is NOT losing money …. they are just not making as much money so they say they are losing money. If they have to shorten or shut down the season, now your talking real financial pain. If I was the NFL I would shut down all fan attendance in all stadium period. Usually a fan running out on a field is a look at this idiot moment … now it could be a HOLY CRAP what if this guy is infected moment? The risk reward isn’t worth putting fans in the stands over. I would LOVE to go to more Browns games but they couldn’t give me free tickets to go to a game right now. Nobody should be there except the people are directly in the game or providing security. I want to see a Cleveland Browns game more then ever seeing how we don’t completely SUCK and have a chance to win. But for what is best for the NFL they just need to stop worrying about picking up domes but putting BILLIONS of dollars at risk. You just read a true business model.

  17. Good for the Packers. Maybe now the covidiots will wear their masks, social distance, and follow the other CDC guidelines.

  18. Fine, I’ll say it…If this thing was THAT serious, half the country, if not more wouldn’t be saying it’s overblown
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    Half the country is stupid.

  19. You’d think every one knows someone who has been tragically touched by this thing and people are dropping like flies.
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    Don’t they? I certainly do.

  20. “pkrlvr says:
    October 6, 2020 at 6:50 pm
    Fine, I’ll say it…If this thing was THAT serious, half the country, if not more wouldn’t be saying it’s overblown
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    Half the country is stupid.”

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    I just have to shake my head when I see so many Americans happily allowing themselves to be led around by the nose by our irresponsible media and gov’t.

    Here’s the numbers from today via ourworldindata.org about Covid.

    Total deaths: 210,000
    Positive tests: 7.5 million
    Total tests: 115 million
    Total US population: 330 million.

    Survival rates for –
    Positive test: 97%
    Total tests: 99.8%
    Total population: 99.94%

    If you think you are being made to isolate and wear masks because
    of a horrible and highly contagious disease you are an idiot and brainwashed.

    Friggin sheep.

  21. Ironically the stadium is safer than most being open air…
    But, the reality is nowhere should fans be in any stadium.

    It doesn’t matter that much now, but will be sad come playoffs and the super bowl.
    Imagine the Bills making the super bowl and not having any fans there…

  22. If you hate life and your life and your kid’s lives are expendable, ignore the virus. If you love life and you love your kids, be smart.

  23. Heart disease kills on average 655,000 Americans every year. Are the Packers going to ban brats, beer and French fries once they allow fans in again?

  24. patsbrat says:
    October 6, 2020 at 5:57 pm
    @factsonlybub – 210,000 dead, 7.5 million cases. Overblown?
    ___________________
    @patsbrat – Merely lemming thinking.

    Question to ask yourself.

    1. How many recovered? – Funny this never get’s mentioned
    2. How many people would have died from something else anyway? Are we a failure if we don’t live to 100?
    3. 38,800 people unfortunately died in the US last year in vehicle accidents with 4.4 million getting injured. Do we ban all driving?

    Fearmonger all you want. Wash your hands, practice good hygiene (regardless…we shouldn’t be told to do this), if you are vunerable — stay home! Let the rest of society go on! This is not that complicated…unless you have an agenda…hmmmmmmmm

  25. charliecharger says:
    October 6, 2020 at 7:29 pm
    If you hate life and your life and your kid’s lives are expendable, ignore the virus. If you love life and you love your kids, be smart.
    ______________
    Please barricade yourself in your home and wring your hands all day. The rest of society wants to move on.

  26. Don’t throw statistics around this board or media period, Mitch. Not thinking kids will experience real life experiences cowering in a room the rest of their life afraid of oxygen.

  27. Andy Reid, your face shield is ineffective. A guy on a message board said so.
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    Actually it was a scientific study that stated the face shield was “ completely ineffective “!!!!

  28. patsbrat says:
    October 6, 2020 at 5:57 pm
    @factsonlybub – 210,000 dead, 7.5 million cases. Overblown?

    Yes. OVERBLOWN. Ebola death rate is 50%…..50%!

  29. @joshherbst

    Hahaha thanks for trying. I know quite a bit about Wisconsin. Was just there 2 months ago. You honestly don’t think there was protesting all over the state, even in small numbers? Those people absolutely stay confined to their communities. The facts show us that every time there is “protesting” there will be a spike afterwards. The virus doesn’t care about your cause but the cause will exacerbate the spread.

  30. Is the state of Wisconsin full of weenies? Don’t let COVID dominate your life.
    Go out and get the COVID. You’ll feel better than you did 20 years ago.

  31. Survival rates for –
    Positive test: 97%
    Total tests: 99.8%
    Total population: 99.94%

    If you think you are being made to isolate and wear masks because
    of a horrible and highly contagious disease you are an idiot and brainwashed.

    Friggin sheep.
    —–
    This type of narrow minded thinking is the exact problem. You’re more concerned about some political conspiracy than you are about your neighbor’s well being. Throughout history the brightest among us has always had to drag people like you kicking and screaming in the right direction. Thanks for making things worse for everyone else.

  32. October 6, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    All these chunky hill billies give you this arrogant/condescending smirk when you walk into the gas station wearing a mask. It’s like they’re proud to be in Casey’s pounding down heat lamp pizza without wearing a mask. There’s no wonder it’s spreading here.
    ___________________
    I’m in Texas, perfect description, just change Casey’s to 7Eleven

  33. Does the commander in chief understand that he now has at least two pre-existing conditions for the remainder of his life?

  34. Sad, but probably the right thing to do with things getting worse in WI. No such thing as home field advantage this year, so you might as well rest your starters once you’ve clinched a playoff spot.

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