Highmark Stadium Security and Vendors Do Not Have to Be Vaccinated?
The Buffalo Bills host The Washington Football Team at Highmark Stadium this Sunday at 1 pm. The game marks the first time the new vaccine mandate will be in place for fans attending.
A week and a half ago, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz along with Pegula Sports and Entertainment announced that all fans 12 years of age or over must have at least one dose of the vaccine for Sunday's game and all events at both Highmark Stadium and the KeyBank Center until October 31st.
By October 31st, all fans 12 years of age or older must be fully vaccinated. All fans under 12 must still wear masks and there is no test-out option.
But what about the workers at Highmark Stadium?
WKBW is reporting that stadium security and vendors do not have to be vaccinated to work the games.
The reason is that they are private contract employees and according to Poloncarz, this is true but these workers will still need to wear masks for game days.
“They all have to follow certain protocols due to their employment,” Poloncarz said.
Players also do not have to be vaccinated for games but run the risk of missing games because of a positive test or being deemed a close contact to someone who tested positive.
A reminder that if you're going to the game on Sunday, the acceptable forms for proof of vaccination are a physical vaccine card, Excelsior Pass, clear digital vaccine card, or a government-issued vaccine proof (non-New York State residents).