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Cuomo: State health department will decide on fans at Bills home playoff game

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Posted at 2:19 PM, Dec 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 00:30:24-05

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WKBW) — In a media conference call on Sunday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state's health department will decide on whether fans will be allowed at the stadium for a Buffalo Bills home playoff game.

"I want to attend a Bills game," Gov. Cuomo told reporters on Sunday. "I mean that game [Saturday] was just unbelievable, Josh Allen was unbelievable."

On Friday, Gov. Cuomo said he, "would be all in favor" of allowing Bills fans into Bills Stadium for a home playoff game this season if COVID-19 positivity and hospitalization rates for the Western New York region are low enough.

"I would like to be at that playoff game as much as anyone," Gov. Cuomo said. "No fans like Buffalo Bills fans."

New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker says the health department has received reopening plans from the Buffalo Bills and Bills Stadium, but has not yet made a decision on whether fans will be allowed at Bills Stadium.

"Our biggest concern with allowing fans at Bills Stadium is what happens with people tailgating outside the stadium before the game," Dr. Zucker said.

In regards to large crowds at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Gov. Cuomo said, "large gatherings should concern everyone."

The Buffalo Bills will host their first home playoff game since 1995 this January.

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