Bears Family Fest brings fans back to Soldier Field for first time since onset of pandemic

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CHICAGO — Bears fans have returned to Soldier Field for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday, thanks to the ‘Bears Family Fest’ allowing fans to see the team practice.

“It’s a great day and a great family day,” registered nurse Deborah Miller said.

The Bears went the entire 2020 season without allowing fans into Soldier Field due to the pandemic, although several other NFL teams allowed limited capacity last season.

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Fans are hoping for a glimpse of normal football as the spread of the delta variant has proved to be a setback in moving back towards normalcy across the country.

“It’s so great to be back and see everybody having a good time. It just feels very normal,” Ryan Sullivan said.

Normal is what everybody is hoping for, with unsettling news about the Delta variant strain of the coronavirus. So Tuesday, many onlookers took precautions, determined to enjoy the moment.

“This is definitely a coming together for all of the fans getting to see each other again. Getting to cheer for their favorite team and relieving some of the stress of Covid,” Paulette Franklin said.

The event ran through 1:30 p.m.

Unlike years past, due to the pandemic, there was no opportunity for fans to get autogrpahs from players.

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