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Report: Reds' plan to bring fans back approved by city, county

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The Cincinnati Reds want fans to come back to Great American Ball Park.

Cincinnati submitted an official plan for the return of Reds fans this season to Major League Baseball, the state of Ohio, the city of Cincinnati, and Hamilton County, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic.

Both the city and county have approved the plan, albeit "with lots of conditions," a source told Rosecrans. MLB and Ohio have yet to respond.

The plan, if implemented, allows a portion of fans to return in either September or for the playoffs, the source told Rosecrans. Details of the plan, such as to how many fans are allowed into the stadium, are unknown. Great American Ball Park's capacity is 42,319.

MLB is playing its 2020 season in empty ballparks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many teams have placed cardboard cutouts of fans, animals, and other images in the empty seats; some seats close to the field are also being used as expanded dugouts to help with social distancing.

Hamilton County reported just 60 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Report: Reds' plan to bring fans back approved by city, county
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