WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Mayors in Big Ten college communities have sent a letter to the conference urging caution before the football season.
West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis was one of eleven city leaders to sign on to the letter.
The letter requests the Big Ten Conference potentially cancel games if positivity rates are too high. It also discourages evening games, which it says are associated with increased community activity.
Dennis says he believes West Lafayette can safely host evening games, but agrees with other points in the letter.
"In spirit, I agree with it," he says. "I think that there are things that we need to do to continue to keep the lights on and keep our communities moving forward."
The letter was sent after a meeting last week between the mayors of Big Ten cities.
Dennis says West Lafayette faces fewer challenges with the spread of COVID-19 than those larger university cities. He also credited the Protect Purdue Pledge for keeping the city's positivity rates low.
"For what we've done here in cooperation with Purdue and the City of West Lafayette, I think is working, and I think a lot of that has to do with people understanding the do's and dont's of COVID," he says.