Cuomo: Bills fans can attend second home playoff game next weekend

Denis Slattery, New York Daily News

ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo wants to know if you’re ready for some football.

The governor announced Monday that Buffalo Bills fans will be allowed to attend the team’s second home playoff game this coming Saturday.

The move comes after 6,700 members of the Bills Mafia were able to watch the team defeat the Indianapolis Colts in-person over the weekend after first obtaining a negative COVID test and adhering to all public health precautions.

Buffalo’s 27-24 win over the Colts was the first home playoff game played in Bills Stadium in 25 years.

No fans were in the stadium throughout the regular season due to New York’s coronavirus safety measures barring large gatherings.

Cuomo touted the testing-heavy rules and said the same protocols will be in place for fans going to see the Bills face off against the Baltimore Ravens. Contact tracing will also be conducted after the game and tailgating will be prohibited.

“It was a great joy to see the Buffalo Bills win their first home playoff game in more than two decades in front of thousands of New York fans on Saturday, and we’re looking forward to extending that winning streak this week,” Cuomo said.

The Bills announced Monday on Twitter that tickets, which went on sale pending state approval, have already sold out for Saturday’s divisional game against Baltimore.

It’s unclear if the governor, who backed out of last week’s game to work on his State of the State address, plans on attending.

Meanwhile, the state continues to see the number of people hospitalized with COVID climb. On Sunday, 8,645 patients were being treated for the virus statewide, with 1,426 in intensive care units.

While the state’s positivity rate dropped in recent days due to an increased number of test results reported, the number of cases keeps climbing as another 13,714 people tested positive.

There were 170 more COVID deaths in the state on Sunday, according to the state Health Department.