ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Buffalo Bills are going to be great at football this year. It’s something we’ve heard all offseason, but with COVID-19, will fans be allowed to about to party outside the game?
The state has already said no tailgating outside of stadiums. What about privates lots? Can they allow a tailgate?
The Town of Orchard Park has been kicking this decision down the road.
Wednesday, all signs pointed towards a decision. A decision was made, but it wasn’t by the board. The town board didn't have enough board members eligible to vote at the meeting to make a decision. At the meeting, the board said a decision was made for them.
According to the board, the Erie County Department of Health said there is to be no public or private tailgating around the stadium, as long as fans are not allowed to attend games. In New York, fans are not allowed to attend games.
Before the department of health stepped in, the town was prepared to strike a compromise with lot owners allowing them to tailgate according to guidelines, while police kept a close eye and reported any violations.
Private lot owners who attended the board meeting did not wanted to be interviewed for this story.
7 Eyewitness News reached out to the ECDOH for to confirm. A spokesperson said they would respond on Thursday.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz tweeted this:
...If NYS allows fans to attend Bills games tailgating will be allowed but with restrictions to protect the public. Currently NYS does not allow attendance at any pro sports event. Thus tailgaiting in public and private lots will depend on whether fans can attend the games. 2/2— Mark Poloncarz (@markpoloncarz) August 20, 2020