If fans are allowed in Soldier Field and want to watch the Bears in-person, they’ll have to wear a mask.
Brian McCarthy, the NFL Vice President of Communications made the announcement on Twitter on Wednesday.
For those wondering, yes, it is league-wide: fans at NFL games this season will be required to wear face coverings pic.twitter.com/D139KGKQ4r— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) July 22, 2020
It’s still unclear whether Bears fans will be allowed in Soldier Field at all this season.
Currently, Illinois is in Phase 4 of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Reopen Illinois plan. That phase limits outdoor gatherings to 50 people, however outdoor facilities can accommodate multiple groups of 50 people “given facilities have space to appropriately social distance and can limit interaction between groups.”
No official determination has been made whether this will apply to large outdoor arenas, like Soldier Field.
Even if Gov. Pritzker clears the path for football in Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has to sign off on the plan as well.
Other states and cities have already said “no” to fans in the stands for NFL teams, including Philadelphia, Michigan and New Jersey, where the Giants and Jets play.