New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has banned spectators from entering MetLife Stadium.
The Governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy, decided not to grant an exception to an executive order of public safety for New York teams, the Giants and the Jets, forcing both to play home games without the assistance of fans.
The pre-existing order limits large open-air public gatherings in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Teams that call MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, issued a joint statement confirming the news on Monday.
“We support Governor Murphy’s decision in the interest of public health and safety. Although we would prefer to have fans at MetLife Stadium for our games, we will continue to work with Governor Murphy’s office and provide updates as necessary,” the statement said.
The teams also announced that their training camps will be closed to the public as a precautionary measure. “We urge our fans to continue to take the necessary precautions recommended by health officials to stay safe and we hope to see them at MetLife Stadium as soon as possible,” they add.
Joint Statement from the Giants and Jets pic.twitter.com/e8MGmXpimv
– New York Giants (@Giants) July 20, 2020
The Giants and Jets situation contrasts with teams like the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars that announced plans to fill their stadiums at 20 to 25 percent of capacity with other safety protocols.
MetLife Stadium opened in 2010 and has a capacity of 82,500 seats. The New Jersey area was one of the most affected by COVID-19 in the United States, with the Centers for Disease Control reporting almost 220,000 confirmed cases.
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