CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns have been granted a variance to the state sports order that will allow up to 6,000 spectators to attend two home games.
Fans must wear a mask and use a designated entrance for their ticket. No more than 1,500 spectators will be allowed on each side of the stadium.
Spectators will be able to attend the October 4 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and the October 25 game against the Browns. Cincinnati will also face the Browns in an away game on September 17.
DeWine said he spoke with leadership from both team organizations to help inform the new plan for fans.
"This year will certainly be different, but both the Browns and the Bengals have worked exceedingly hard and have made extensive preparations to welcome a limited number of fans to their stadiums safely," DeWine said. "These very thorough plans and safety precautions warrant a two-game trial to try and accommodate fans, at reduced capacities with social distancing and masks."