Governor Dewine is allowing the Bengals and the Cleveland Browns to have up to 6,000 spectators at two home games this season.
He announced the variance to the state sports order Saturday morning, September 5. The variance allows no more than 15 hundred spectators on each side of the stadium, fans must use designated entrances and wear masks.
For the Bengals, that's for the home game on Oct. 25 with the Browns, and the Bengals game with the Jaguars on October 4th. The Browns will host Washington on Sept. 27th.
Dewine says the teams have worked "exceedingly hard and have made extensive preparations to welcome a limited number of fans to their stadiums safely."
"These very thorough plans and safety precautions warrant a two-game trial to try and accommodate fans," said Dewine.
The Bengals are not allowing fans for their opener against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sept. 13.