Bills plan to only have vaccinated fans at home games


Buffalo Bill’s wide receiver Cole Beasley may want to ignore this news.

Back in April, the NFL’s Bills and the NHL’s Buffalo Sabers announced their intention to fill the venues for home games later this year, but only for guests who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

According to Sandra Tan of the Buffalo News, Erie County is not on board New York State’s revised plan to allow football stadiums to fill 100% with no coronavirus-related restrictions. A spokesman for district chairman Mark Poloncarz says there is currently no change to the bill’s guidelines for fan participation, regardless of what the state has announced or will declare.

“With well over two months until the opening game, it seems reasonable that there should be enough vaccinated people by then to have 100% vaccination participation,” said spokesman Peter Anderson.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, previously said Erie County cannot enforce vaccination requirements for attending events at Highmark Stadium even though the county owns the venue. Poloncarz has questioned this in the past and apparently wants to do so through the summer months.

Beasley recently consulted with the NFL and the NFL Players Association over COVID-19 health and safety protocols that unvaccinated players and other staff must follow for the remainder of the league year ending next March.


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