Buffalo’s response to COVID-19 is changing and is now in line with current trends. The sports world has benefited from this change.
Mark Poloncarz is the Erie County Executive. Poloncarz stated that everyone will no longer need to use a mask starting Monday. If Gov. Kathy Hochul is a mandate fanatic and has dropped the state mandate.
Poloncarz’s actions seem to have started a domino effect that carried over into the sports world. On Monday, the Buffalo Bills, one of the most strict franchises in the NFL when it came to following CDC “science”with mask mandates, will no longer require fans to provide their vaccination status to enter Highmark Stadium in the fall.
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Following their example, the Buffalo Sabres announced in a press release that fans who go into KeyBank Center to see the Sabres, the Buffalo Bandits (the city’s National Lacrosse League team), or attend a concert will no longer have to provide a vaccine card to enter and that the arena’s mask policies will be loosened as well:
“The new policy will go into effect immediately. It is recommended that individuals follow current CDC guidelines as it pertains to mask wearing and that of their own comfort level.”
Fans who wish to attend NCAA March Madness on March 17, 19 and 20 will no longer have to comply with any vaccine mandate.
It is a relief to see normalcy returning to the world.