As Ravens welcome family in stands in preparation for fans, public health experts urge caution

Post Date: 
2020-09-29
Source: 
Baltimore Sun

In a statement released Friday, the Ravens said that admitting the family members was “to prepare for the possibility of hosting fans at M&T Bank Stadium later this season.” Family members admitted into Monday’s night game were required to live in the same household as a player, coach or staff member.

“I suspect those 250 people are probably pretty low-risk because they are probably people highly motivated to avoid COVID-19,” Dr. Larry Chang, associate professor at Johns Hopkins Medicine, said in a phone interview. “So I think any slightly increased risk for bringing in 250 people is probably pretty modest.”

The team continues to hold ongoing discussions around increasing the number of fans attending games, but Baltimore City and state officials did not give a timeline or any indication that the number of spectators allowed at M&T Bank Stadium will increase soon.

In response to questions about when the 250-person cap may be increased, James E. Bentley II, spokesman for Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, said in a statement, "The Mayor is continuing to consult with the public health experts and making decisions guided by data, which the City continues to publish and update daily on its coronavirus dashboard at www.coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov.”