Raiders first to initiate a no-mask policy for fully vaccinated fans

Las Vegas Raiders is the first National Football League (NFL) team to request that all visitors at its Allegiant Stadium show proof of vaccination against Covid-19.

The NFL team has asked that fans attending home games, which are staged at the Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada, provide proof of vaccination status so that they can watch the Raiders without having to wear a face mask. 

The protocols will be in place from 13 September for the team’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, which is the first regular season home game. 

On 16 August, a new Emergency Directive was introduced by Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak around large events. It was announced that attendees at large events in cities such as Las Vegas could forgo wearing a mask if they could prove they had been inoculated against Covid-19. While the Governor said this was not mandatory and was optional for venues, the Raiders is the first team to bring this policy onboard. 

Mark Davis, owner of the Las Vegas Raiders, said: “Health and safety has always been our number one priority. 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.” 

In order to support the vaccination drive in the US, fans will be able to receive a vaccination at the 65,000 capacity stadium and will permitted to enter, but with a mask on. 

The Raiders also announced back in May that it would require its full-time staff and footballing coaches within the club to be vaccinated. The company that manages the stadium, ASM, as well as stadium concessionaire Levy, also implemented vaccination rules that required full-time staff have the vaccine. 

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