Fans allowed to attend more than half of Week 6 games
By Amy Tennery
(Reuters) - For the first time this season, more than half of NFL games this weekend will greet fans, the league said on Saturday as it monitors its 2020 campaign amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nine of the 14 National Football League week 6 games will allow fans, while 18 of the 32 teams across the league have received ticket holder approval, a spokesman said.
The NFL was forced to shuffle its schedule earlier this week due to positive COVID-19 tests on players and staff.
Earlier this month, security logs were increased as the pandemic forced the cancellation of the preseason and annual Pro Bowl game.
The United States has been hit by the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a total of 8,028,332 infections and 217,918 deaths on Saturday.
In an effort to keep the season on track, the NFL recently escalated possible penalties for teams that violated its coronavirus prevention measures, including the possible loss of games.
A handful of coaches have been fined after performing on the sidelines of week two games without adequate face covering. Their affiliated teams also received fines.
The league has largely left it to the discretion of individual teams - and their local and state legislatures - whether to allow fans on match days.
The teams have slowly reopened their doors.
The Philadelphia Eagles announced Tuesday that they would be admitting 7,500 people to their 70,000-capacity stadium for Sunday's showdown against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, who face rival Cleveland Browns on Sunday, reopened to fans earlier this month after Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf eased restrictions on public gatherings in the state earlier this month.
The Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Dallas Cowboys are the remaining teams that will greet the crowd in Week 6, the league said.
The Jaguars said Saturday that the team was conducting football activities remotely after a member of the training team tested positive for COVID-19.
The team later placed a total of 12 on its exercise group / COVID-19 list, which applies to both players who tested positive and players who may have been exposed.
Jaguar officials said they plan to host the Detroit Lions on Sunday as planned.
ESPN reported https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/1317571350014418945 that a total of six different NFL teams were forced to put players on their reserve / COVID-19 lists.
(Reporting by Amy Tennery, Editing by Pritha Sarkar and Ken Ferris)
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