CANTON, Ohio — A fourth wave of COVID-19 is impacting the planned induction ceremony for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.
Pittsburgh Steelers legend and 2020 enshrinee Troy Polamalu tweeted Friday he has tested positive for COVID-19. The Hall later shared the news itself, with President and CEO David Baker releasing the following statement:
"We are disappointed for Troy right now and pray for his quick recovery with no complication. We'll work with him to make sure he's honored as an enshrinee the way he should be – and that's mindful of others in the Centennial Class, fans and everyone else in attendance. He had an incredible football career and will have an equally incredible career as a Hall of Famer."
The 2020 and 2021 classes will be honored next weekend, including Cleveland Browns legend Mac Speedie. Packed crowds are anticipated in the coming days for a variety of events.
"We are at 100% capacity for the Hall of Fame game, and that's roughly 20,000 spectators,” Vice President of Communications & Public Relations Rich Desrosiers told 3News. "[There will be] about 75,000 for ... four events."
Events around the country are changing their health protocols, with Broadway shows and Lollapalooza Chicago requiring proof of vaccines or a negative coronavirus test upon entry. However, as fans from around the country set to take off for Northeast Ohio, protocols remain the same in Canton.
"If you're vaccinated, no mask required," Desrisiers said. "If you're not vaccinated, even outdoors, we recommend a mask. We're not asking for proof of vaccination yet. We're on the honor system."
Doctors at Cleveland Clinic are warning everyone to remain cautious for both you and your family.
"You need to understand what your health and what individual risk is," Dr. Kristin Englund cautioned. "We've only had about two months of experience with this delta variant here in the United States."
With the new delta variant being much more vicious than previous ones, doctors recommend that you mask if you're going to be around a crowd of people, despite what your vaccination status is.