“This decision was not an easy one, but after several discussions with federal, state and local officials — along with input from some of the nation’s foremost medical experts, based right here in the nation’s capital — we are confident that it is the right one,” owner Daniel Snyder said in a statement at the time. “We are working to find ways to make our fans’ presence felt in new and innovative ways for 2020 and can’t wait to welcome the community through the gates as soon as it’s safe.”
Hogan said recently on NBC Sports Washington’s podcast that he was “in favor of safely trying to get some fans back in the stands” and that the Maryland Department of Health was “working very closely on that to try to work with the teams.”
Washington took a first step toward allowing fans back into the stadium Sunday when it let roughly 200 to 300 friends and family members of players, coaches and staff members attend its game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Washington is on the road this week to play the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium, where spectators are prohibited for the entirety of the season. But it returns home for Week 7 against the Dallas Cowboys and, after its bye, will host the Giants in Week 9.
The Maryland Department of Health reported Friday that the state has a 3.09 percent positivity rate of confirmed cases. Prince George’s County, home of FedEx Field, has the highest rate (5.19 percent) among the state’s 24 jurisdictions.