CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns are still working on a plan to have at least a reduced number of fans inside FirstEnergy Stadium this season, and while games will certainly look different amid the COVID-19 guidelines and protocols, another sacred part of Sunday game days won’t be the same either.
For decades Browns fans have prepared for games by tailgating, with the Muni Lot being a popular choice for many. For the first part of this season, as ordered by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, tailgating will be prohibited.
Jackson signed an order on Thursday extending the City's Proclamation of Civil Emergency through Sept. 30.
As part of the order, the prohibition on mass gatherings in Cleveland will remain in effect until that date, at least, and specifically lists tailgating events as prohibited.
Jackson’s order said that the City of Cleveland will not issue permits for tailgating events, even for groups of less than 10, which is the maximum number of people permitted to gather in public under the order.
The order prohibited all tailgating on city property, including city-owned parking lots. Vehicles will not be allowed to park on city-owned lots prior to two hours before the start of a Browns game, the order states.
In addition to prohibiting tailgating events, the order also prohibits block parties and street parties across Cleveland.
While the order expires on Sept. 30, Jackson can extend the Civil Emergency for additional periods of time, which he has continued to do.