Some Green Bay Packers employees to return to Lambeau Field, but public access still prohibited
GREEN BAY – Some Green Bay Packers employees will return to work inside Lambeau Field on Tuesday, but the stadium and its businesses remain closed to the public.
The Packers are following National Football League protocols as well as guidance in the state's original safer-at-home orders, which were scheduled to expire on May 26. Those orders were overturned by the state Supreme Court on May 13.
The NFL told clubs they could return up to 50% of their employees, not to exceed 75 people, to team facilities, excluding coaching staffs. No players, other than those currently undergoing medical treatment or rehabilitation, can use team facilities. Also, physical retail and other customer-oriented activities remain shut down.
"The organization continues to plan for the opening of public-facing business units and will announce updates as they are available," said Aaron Popkey, Packers public affairs director.
The team closed Lambeau Field and its operations in the Titletown District on March 13 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Employees who can work from home will continue to do so, Popkey said. Those returning to the stadium have jobs that benefit from on-site presence, such as in the ticket office. Packers season-ticket payments are due on June 1.
Business units that remain closed include the Packers Pro Shop, Packers Hall of Fame and 1919 Kitchen & Tap, as well as all team-run public activities in Titletown, including the playground, the 46 Below cafe and The Turn restaurant. The Packers Pro Shop continues to operate online.
The team has not released information on coming events, such as the annual shareholders meeting, which is held at the end of July, just before the opening of training camp.
"Details and scheduling for other major Packers events such as the annual meeting of shareholders, training camp and Family Night are still being determined and will be announced as they become available," Popkey said.
The NFL is preparing for a regular season with fans in the stands, but acknowledged it remains flexible to respond to changing coronavirus circumstances.
"We also will be prepared to make adjustments as necessary in order to conduct games and other events in as safe and efficient a manner as possible, as has been demonstrated this offseason in connection with free agency, the virtual offseason program, and the draft," Popkey said.
"Decisions will continue to be based on the latest advice of medical and public health officials, as well as in full compliance with current and future government regulations."
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