Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced Friday that both the Washington Football Team and the Baltimore Ravens are allowed to bring fans back in their home stadiums.
Washington has hosted two home games thus far this season, with little or no fans in the stands. Week 1 against the Eagles the stadium was empty, but in Week 4 against the Rams the organization decided to allow some family members of players, coaches and employees to attend.
Obviously moving to 10 percent capacity would be a major step. FedExField holds more than 80,000 fans at capacity, so this could be as large of a group as 8,000 people.
In August, the Washington Football Team announced that fans would not be allowed into the stadium in efforts to keep everyone safe from the Covid pandemic. Below is an excerpt from that press release:
With the health and safety of its fans and employees top of mind, the Washington Football Team announced today that NFL games at FedExField will be played without fans during the 2020 season. While the organization had developed a comprehensive health and safety plan in close coordination with the State of Maryland and Prince George's County (MD), this decision, endorsed by local officials and partners, comes out of an abundance of caution due to the rapidly changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision will be re-evaluated by all parties should the situation surrounding the pandemic improve over the course of the season.
Well, for Governor Hogan, now is the time to re-evaluate the situation. It's Washington's move.