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Friday Cheese Curds: Packers announce plans for reduced seating capacity at Lambeau Field

Thanks to COVID-19, crowd sizes will be greatly reduced at Lambeau Field this year and season ticket holders have an opt-out option.

NFL 2005: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers Photo by Jay Drowns/Sporting News via Getty Images via Getty Images

One more shoe has dropped in terms of a potential NFL season during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Green Bay Packers today sent a letter to season ticket holders outlining changes to attendance policies as well as giving ticket holders a choice to opt-in or opt-out for 2020 without forfeiting future tickets.

The Packers also announced face coverings will be mandatory at all games and that seating will be greatly reduced to allow proper social distancing. This also eliminates the green and gold packages as well as the Brown County Ticket drawing. Anyone who bought tickets this way will be automatically refunded.

This news isn’t what anyone wanted to hear but if we want football in 2020, any and all safety precautions must be taken no matter how extreme. Smaller crowds will obviously be a bummer, but anyone with a sound mind won’t want anyone getting sick at a football game and then taking it home as Packers fans come from all over the world.

The NFL continues to move forward with a season but with current events so fluid, things could change in a heartbeat. For now, let’s all keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.

Now for today’s curds.

Packers update season ticket holders on 2020 season—

With the coronavirus likely not to be under control by the time the season starts, the Packers are beginning to make adjustments to prepare fans for reduced seating capacity at Lambeau Field if fans are even allowed in the first place.

Packers move to another plan to protect private practices on Clarke Hinkle Field—WLUK

The new Resch Expo in Green Bay is causing some privacy concerns over non-public practices for the Packers at Clark Hinkle Field but thankfully the Packers do not face the New England Patriots this year.

Jaguars’ bruising Leonard Fournette looms as load for Packers’ shaky run defense— (subscription required)

Green Bay’s run defense left a lot to be desired last season and Leonard Fournette will provide a solid challenge in Week 10.

Fans attempting to save cherished Packers bar in New York City—Packers Wire

If you’re a Packers fan and you have lived or been to New York City, you know about Kettle of Fish. The pandemic has taken a toll on its business and the bar is calling on fans and patrons to help save this slice of cheesehead heaven in The Big Apple.

Escaped pigs cause traffic chaos on Virginia highway—UPI

I’d go hog wild sitting dealing with this mess. I’ve seen traffic jams before but this brings home the bacon. Next time commuters make take a Pork and Ride.