Gov. Brown loosens COVID-19 restrictions, Timbers & Thorns can host fans

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After Oregon governor Kate Brown announced the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions for half of the state's counties, including Multnomah, to "High Risk" rather than "Extreme," the Portland Timbers and Thorns FC can host fans this weekend at Providence Park.

The risk level changes this Friday just in time for the NWSL Challenge Cup Final on Saturday, May 8th and the Timbers hosting the Seattle Sounders on Sunday, May 9th.

Originally, Brown had rejected the Timbers and Thorns' proposal for an exemption allowing them to host fans this weekend despite the organizations offering to not serve any food or beverage to ensure all fans stay masked 100% of the time.

Following the news of Brown lifting restrictions, both the Timbers and Thorns tweeted they can host fans this weekend.

Providence Park had previously been cleared by the state to hold 25% capacity with masks mandatory. 

The Thorns host Gotham FC at 10:00 a.m. PT on Saturday, May 8th and then the Timbers host the Sounders on Sunday, May 9th at 12:00 p.m. PT.