The Las Vegas Raiders issued a new COVID-19 policy for the 2021 NFL season. On Monday, the team issued a press release outlining the requirement that fans be vaccinated to attend home games.
The policy will take effect on September 13th, at the regular-season opener against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Raiders’ Policy
The Raiders are updating their policy to require vaccinations at home games. Proof of vaccination will be required and facilitated through the CLEAR mobile app and Health Pass feature. Fans who are vaccinated will be permitted to enter Allegiant Stadium without a mask.
The new policy is a first for the NFL regarding fan attendance. There have been various mask mandates or special requirements for employees of the team. Once again, the organization is leading the way, this time in the middle of a pandemic.
The vaccination requirement is a new initiative that may pique interest around the league.
Nevada leadership issued new directives regarding health and safety. The team partnered closely with Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak in creating this mandate. The Raiders issued a statement regarding this new policy, these are quotes from Raiders.com:
“Health and safety has always been our number one priority,” said Raiders owner Mark Davis. “After consultation with Governor Sisolak and other community leaders, this policy ensures that we will be able to operate at full capacity without masks for fully vaccinated fans for the entire season,” Davis explained.
The Silver and Black will offer on-site vaccinations allowing fans to receive the shot and be permitted entry to the game with a mask.
The Raiders are expected to hold a press conference at 12:00pm on Tuesday with more information regarding the policy.
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