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These NFL Teams Are Requiring Proof Of Vaccination From Fans This Season

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at August 20, 2021

The NFL is set to embark on its second season during the pandemic, this time with full crowds. In accordance with local regulations, some teams will require fans to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination to attend home games.

All 32 NFL teams have been cleared for full capacity this season. In terms of how each team will be able to operate during games this season will be dictated by local city and state laws on large social gatherings.

These are the rules as they stand right now, but they can change depending on the Covid-19 situation around the country and the regulations that different states implement as a result. Only two NFL teams thus far have announced rules pertaining to fans providing proof of vaccination.

Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders announced on August 16 that fans will be required to show digital proof of vaccination via CLEAR’s free mobile app and Health Pass feature. Vaccinated fans will not need to wear masks at home games this season, making them the first NFL team to announce a vaccine/no mask policy.

Unvaccinated fans will have the opportunity to get vaccinated before games on-site at the Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium. Those newly-vaccinated fans will be required to wear masks while inside.

New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints announced on August 12 that all fans attending Caesars Superdome this season will need to show either proof of vaccination (digital or vaccination card) or a negative Covid-19 test from within 72 hours of game time, in-line with rules set by the City of New Orleans. Fans must wear masks at all times inside the dome, except when eating or drinking.

The Saints followed up on that announcement by confirming that they will not refund season ticket holders who refuse to provide proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test.

“We’ve received all necessary local and state approvals to host a full stadium of fans and with that in mind, we are not offering a refund or opt out option this season. We remain optimistic that, with our community’s help and as vaccination rates increase, these restrictions will no longer be necessary as the season progresses,” Saints vice president of communications Greg Bensel said in a statement to WDSU News New Orleans. “However, if you don’t plan on attending games this season, we’d recommend that you resell your individual game tickets on SeatGeek, which has a strong secondary market for Saints tickets.”

This story will be updated as more teams announce regulations.

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