Packers' Lambeau Field to Reopen to No More Than 75 Employees on Tuesday

Blake SchusterCorrespondent IIIMay 22, 2020

Lambeau Field is seen an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Washington Redskins Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)
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The Green Bay Packers will slowly begin to reopen Lambeau Field to team employees next week, with no more than 75 staffers across all departments allowed inside. 

According to Jason Wilde of The Athletic and ESPN Wisconsin, no players or coaches will have access to the stadium when it opens on Tuesday. 

Certain features of the venue will remain closed to the public. The pro shop, 1919 Kitchen & Tap, the Hall of Fame and other features of the Lambeau Field Atrium are all still off limits. 

The vast majority of the Packers staff has been working remotely while adhering to the state's "Safer at Home" order. Only essential personnel have been reporting to the stadium.

That will change on Tuesday, when the team will allow some employees back to its offices.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to teams on May 15 allowing team facilities to reopen next week as long as all state and local regulations are followed. The memo noted clubs cannot permit more than 50 percent of their staff inside their facilities at once with a maximum of 75 employees at any time—even if the employees are at different locations. 

Additionally, the league mandated no coaches or players can return to team offices yet in an effort to promote competitive balance among all 32 teams, since not every franchise has been given the same local guidelines by officials. 

An exception is made for players who are currently rehabbing from an injury and require team equipment and resources. 

On May 14, the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned the stay-at-home order from governor Tony Evers, declaring he "overstepped" his authority by extending the policy until May 26. 

That helped open the door for the Packers to resume operations at team facilities while following NFL guidelines.