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Steelers will require fans to wear masks at home games in 2020

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That is, if fans are even allowed at games this year.

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If football is played in 2020, we’re starting to get an idea of what it will look like from a fan’s perspective.

On Wednesday, the Baltimore Ravens announced they would drastically cut down fan attendance to around 14,000 people per game at M&T Bank Stadium this year. That’s not even a quarter of the stadium’s max capacity of 71,000 fans, but the COVID-19 outbreak has made it virtually impossible to have full stadiums in 2020.

And if fans are allowed into games, they’ll likely be required to wear some type of face covering.

Case in point are the Pittsburgh Steelers, who just announced that fans will be required to wear face coverings at Heinz Field this year, if fans are even allowed at games.

“Our goal is to still have fans at Heinz Field this year with the understanding that social distancing, as well as all fans being required to wear masks, will play a role in the capacity to ensure a safe atmosphere,” Burt Lauten, the Steelers’ director of communications, said in a statement to ESPN. “We will continue to work with the NFL and public health officials to finalize plans for fans to attend our home games.”

Bengals fans should expect a similar announcement to eventually come for games at Paul Brown Stadium this year. I’d imagine most, if not every NFL team will require fans to wear face coverings at games in 2020.

The good news is you can get Bengals-themed face coverings at Fanatics, NFLShop.com, Etsy, and Fans Edge. Be sure to get one soon so you’re covered for this season.