Browns will still host up to 12,000 fans, despite local stay-at-home advisory

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The pandemic, if you haven’t noticed or actively have tried not to, currently is worse than it’s ever been. The stark contrast between the critical nature of the public-health crisis and the shrugging that so many are still doing in the face of it will be illustrated on Sunday in Cleveland.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Browns can still host up to 12,000 fans for Sunday’s game against the Eagles, despite a stay-at-home advisory issued Wednesday for Cleveland and greater Cuyahoga County.

A Browns spokesperson told Cabot that the team “will continue to monitor the circumstances and remain flexible,” but that the Browns “plan to continue to safely host a limited number of fans.”

The fact that the local measure is an advisory and not a stay-at-home mandate allows the Browns to welcome those who choose to ignore the advisory. Still, no matter how safe the protocols inside the stadium may be, the broader act of going to a game necessarily puts those 12,000 fans in other circumstances (stopping at the store, congregating in the parking lot) that will cause them to interact with others, possibly in a setting that will be conducive to a transfer of the virus.

The move isn’t about short-term greed for the Browns organization. It’s about placating those who would be ignoring the advisory anyway. And so it’s easy to rationalize opening the stadium up to 12,000 of them by concluding that they’ll be safer there than they would be elsewhere.

Regardless, the situation encapsulates the broader national dilemma that has raged for more than eight months. Those who has always downplayed the situation and who continue to do so clearly are winning, as evidenced by the number of lives we continue to be losing.

Congratulations?

44 responses to “Browns will still host up to 12,000 fans, despite local stay-at-home advisory

  1. Why do we placate to the dumbest people in the nation during a global pandemic? If I was a front line health worker in Cleveland I would quit. These people don’t deserve your efforts when they spit in your face and host thousands at a stadium.

  2. AS FOR THE FRONT LINE MEDICAL PERSONNEL:

    More often… those honorable/self-less medical personnel
    ARE NOT caring for the selfish people who choose not to mask up
    and/or attend crowded events.

    They are caring for innocent victims who were infected by the selfish,
    mask-less idiots and/or selfish sub-moronic attendees of crowded events.

    The nfl knows better… but… they chose money over facts/human lives.

  3. Maybe if the politicians that are making these mandates practiced what they preached more citizens would comply

  4. Call me crazy, but if the NFL wants to perpetuate the optics that they are taking the pandemic seriously, shouldn’t they insist that clubs adhere to local policies even if they’re only “advisories?” Whether you think it’s too rigid or not, if the powers that be in Cleveland are asking residents to stay home except for necessary trips out, shouldn’t the league encourage its fans to do the same?

  5. Everyone is aware of the risk. It’s always nice to have the option to exercise choice. Otherwise all these stores, restaurants, grocers etc would be closed to the public, delivery only. We choose if we want to go or not.

  6. We haven’t beaten this pandemic because, the country as a whole, doesn’t have what it takes. Too many people who won’t make a sacrifice. Thank God we had a different attitude during WWII.

  7. shoepik says:
    November 21, 2020 at 10:39 am
    Everyone is aware of the risk. It’s always nice to have the option to exercise choice. Otherwise all these stores, restaurants, grocers etc would be closed to the public, delivery only. We choose if we want to go or not.
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    You may think it’s nice to have the option to choose but your but the essential workers and medical professionals don’t and right now they are facing record numbers of infections . People like you fail to grasp the obvious , your choice to do as you please endangers those that have no choice . Selfish , myopic thinking like yours is the reason we are worse off now then when the pandemic first hit . Anybody who thinks the priority is keeping the status quo and forcing those that have to deal with an out of control infection rate to suffer the consequences is disgusting on so many levels .

  8. I’m all for shutdowns to control the pandemic. But let’s use common sense: All across the country we had thousands of people marching shoulder to shoulder and chanting at the top of their lungs. It was repeatedly said that the protests didn’t contribute to the spread of the virus. If that is the case, then 12,000 people spread out at a 70,000 seat stadium would logically be considered safe, correct??

  9. “The move isn’t about short-term greed for the Browns organization. It’s about placating those who would be ignoring the advisory anyway.”

    That has to be the most ignorant excuse ever. Using that logic, all laws and rules should be abolished since some people will ignore them anyway.

    Shame on the Browns for putting their bottom line in front of the health of their community.

  10. Good for the Browns! We have a vaccine and they take the temperature of everybody that comes in!

    I for one can’t wait to be there tomorrow! Let’s Go Browns!!!

  11. chickenrondelet says:
    November 21, 2020 at 11:49 am
    I’m all for shutdowns to control the pandemic. But let’s use common sense: All across the country we had thousands of people marching shoulder to shoulder and chanting at the top of their lungs. It was repeatedly said that the protests didn’t contribute to the spread of the virus. If that is the case, then 12,000 people spread out at a 70,000 seat stadium would logically be considered safe, correct??
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    The infection rate was a fraction of what it is know . That’s why things were a lot more relaxed so restaurants and bars and many others were allowed to reopen along with larger gatherings being approved . Nice try but your point isn’t valid . Interesting anytime this rationale of using large crowds for an example it’s always the protests that get mentioned but never the big political rallies . Sounds like whistling to me .

  12. 12000 people a game is on par with what the Browns drew when we were 1 – 31. For the Browns this is a sell out !

  13. I don’t see any issue at all with this approach, people have been wearing masks faithfully for 6 months yet the virus is still spreading. I believe that social distancing (8ft instead of 6ft) is the best thing we can do to combat the spread.

  14. waldoampere says:
    November 21, 2020 at 11:32 am
    We haven’t beaten this pandemic because, the country as a whole, doesn’t have what it takes. Too many people who won’t make a sacrifice. Thank God we had a different attitude during WWII.
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    Right on. Perfectly put.

  15. Not knowing how the logistics work … just wondering how the Browns — or *whether* the Browns — will limit the crowd to 12,000? Do they issue only 12,000 tickets beforehand, or do they also accommodate walk-up traffic? Just wondering how that works.

  16. maximusintoxicus says:
    November 21, 2020 at 1:26 pm
    12000 people a game is on par with what the Browns drew when we were 1 – 31. For the Browns this is a sell out !

    You my friend are an idiot and have no clue of what you are talking about! Say what you will about the Browns organization but the fans always supported the Browns even when they when 1-31. Browns fans fill that stadium year in and year out! Quit talking about something you really know nothing about!

  17. You’re not in Pennsylvania and we’re not scared. Not exactly 85 and sunny. I would wear mine in the concourse.

  18. I have a feeling a lot of these people are just pissed because their states won’t let them do anything…

  19. elwayneedstoretire says:
    November 21, 2020 at 1:33 pm
    I don’t see any issue at all with this approach, people have been wearing masks faithfully for 6 months yet the virus is still spreading. I believe that social distancing (8ft instead of 6ft) is the best thing we can do to combat the spread.
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    Wow , apparently you somehow missed the FACT that many are still refusing to wear masks even in the 35 states with a mask mandate . Add in the fact that out of the 35 some only issued the mandate AFTER the numbers hit record levels in their states recently . You believe wrong .

  20. kpunmusic says:
    November 21, 2020 at 1:13 pm
    Natural selection

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    Is what strengthens the immune system and allows humans to conquer diseases like this. You don’t get that with vaccines in quarantines

  21. Do as I say not as I do say the liberals and the politicians. This virus has spread regardless of the shutdowns and masks. Don’t fool yourself. The flu comes back every year almost impossible to stop. Protect the vulnerable and the rest have a 99.9% of living. Trump rally football game bad. Riots and Biden celebrations good. Nothing to see here hypocrites.

  22. maximusintoxicus says:
    November 21, 2020 at 1:26 pm
    12000 people a game is on par with what the Browns drew when we were 1 – 31. For the Browns this is a sell out !

    39 13

    Congratulations maximusintoxicus, you are not the only idiot. There are 39 others just as smart as you!

  23. The guy saying the people of this country don’t have what it takes to beat this thing is spot on. Makes me sick so see where we are and where we were in the 40s. People gotta start caring for each other and solve problems together.

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