Broncos to allow 5,700 fans at Week 3 game against Bucs

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DENVER — The Denver Broncos will allow up to 5,700 fans in the stands for their September 27 game against Tampa Bay at Empower Field at Mile High.

Gov. Jared Polis and Broncos executive Brittany Bowlen made the announcement in a press conference Tuesday.

Polis said the stadium will be set up so no more than 175 people are gathered in any specific area, such as an entrance or concession stand. He said this setup will provide a framework for other large outdoor venues, such as Bandimere Speedway and Coors Field, that would like to hold events safely.

Masks will be required, Bowlen said. Fans will be seated in pods of one to six people, with at least six feet between groups.

Most of the fans in attendance will be season ticket holders. Bowlen said season ticket holders will be receiving information about how to enter a lottery to purchase tickets.

The stadium will hold about 7.5% of its total capacity for the first game. Polis and Bowlen said it’s possible that more fans will be allowed in future games.

Read on for more news from Tuesday’s press conference.

Exposure notification app coming to Colorado

Sarah Tuneberg with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said later this month, Coloradans will be able to opt in to a smartphone tool that notifies them when they have been exposed to someone who tested positive for coronavirus.

The technology does not track location, and does not share anyone’s identity with Google, Apple, other users, or the state.

In the press conference, Tuneberg explained how the app works.

Tuneberg said iPhone users will be able to simply turn on the “Exposure Notifications” feature on their device. Android users will be able to download a free app called EN Express from the Google Play store.

Tuneberg said this technology will be available in Colorado by the end of September. She said Colorado is one of the first states in the nation to deploy this technology. Other countries, including South Korea, have successfully used similar technologies, according to Tuneberg.

High school football this fall?

Polis said he is willing to consider proposals from high schools that would like to play football games this fall.

Polis’ comments come after the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) said Monday that they are “reconsidering” the 2020-2021 sports calendar.

CHSAA announced in early August that they would postpone some fall sports, including football, to spring.

Three counties reach final phase of reopening

Polis said three Colorado counties have reached the “Protect Our Neighbors” phase of reopening. Those counties are Mesa (including Grand Junction), Gilpin (including Black Hawk), and Rio Blanco (in northwestern Colorado).

On its website, the state health department describes this phase as: “Local public health agencies have the ability to contain surges in cases and outbreaks through testing, case investigation, contact tracing, isolation, quarantine, site-specific closures, and the enforcement of public health orders.”

Polis said each county would be provided with specific details about what this phase means for them.

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