The Buffalo Bills announced on Tuesday that their fans will need to have proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to attend games. According to TheHill, The team posted on Twitter that people entering the stadium for games on Sept. 26 and Oct. 3 will need to have at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
Starting Oct. 31, fans will need to be fully vaccinated to enter Highmark Stadium. There is no option to present a negative coronavirus test. The stadium’s masking requirement will be dropped once the policy takes effect, except for those under 12, who are not required or eligible to be vaccinated.
An update on the vaccination policy at Highmark Stadium.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) September 14, 2021
The NY Post reported that the change comes after reports from fans about lax mask enforcement during the Bills’ opening game at Highmark Stadium on Sept. 12. Unvaccinated fans were allowed to attend but were supposed to wear masks at all times under guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Many at the game said they saw very few face coverings at the packed stadium, including in restrooms and other indoor areas where even vaccinated fans were expected to wear a mask.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said the policy shift was a joint decision between the county and Pegula Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Bills and Sabres. “We believe that the only way to ensure a real safe atmosphere is to actually have people vaccinated,” Poloncarz said.