While Chicago Bears fans can be excited that Soldier Field will be at full capacity for the 2021 season, it won’t be free of COVID-19 restrictions. The updated requirements go into effect starting with Saturday’s Bears vs. Bills preseason game.
The City of Chicago recently reimplemented a mask mandate for indoor spaces, which went into effect Friday, August 20. The formal announcement by the Bears listed specific indoor areas in which fans will have to wear a mask. Those areas include the United Club, Miller Lite Midway, Pro Shop, North Garage, bathrooms, elevators, and enclosed hallways.
Since the Bears have an optional but recommended outdoor mask policy for vaccinated fans, most will only need to wear a mask in the bathroom or the parking garage considering most seats are located outdoors. There is no word if and when the Bears will lift or implement additional COVID-19 restrictions.
While this Saturday's contest is only the second preseason game, there is still expected to be a large turnout. Saturday will mark Mitch Trubisky's first game back at Soldier Field since leaving the Bears. It will also be another prime opportunity for fans to watch rookie quarterback Justin Fields in action.