As the Buffalo Bills season reaches its midpoint on Sunday, fans aren’t any closer to receiving permission to watch the team’s march to a division title in person.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Saturday repeated his intention to go to Bills Stadium in Orchard Park to see for himself how and whether fans can safely return for the team’s home games but he once again did not provide a set date for that visit.
“I’m going to take a look myself, but we are working on it,” Cuomo told reporters.
And he said his staff is coordinating with the NFL on plans for getting fans into and out of the stadium and seating arrangements within the venue. But he did not commit to allowing fans to return and said one reason for this is the still troublingly high Covid-19 positive rate for the five-county Western New York region.
As the coronavirus continues to surge nationwide, Western New York is also seeing some of its highest Covid-19 metrics in months.
The region had a seven-day average positive rate of 1.7% as of Oct. 28, higher than the statewide average.
“We are working very hard to get the rate in Western New York down,” the governor said.
After Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots the Bills have eight games remaining – four of them at home.
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