Raiders become first NFL team to require fans to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination

The team said that the policy will take effect for the first regular season home game on Sept. 13 against Baltimore. The Bears will play in Las Vegas on Oct. 10.

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When the regular season begins, the Las Vegas Raiders will require fans to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend games at Allegiant Stadium.

When the regular season begins, the Las Vegas Raiders will require fans to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend games at Allegiant Stadium.

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LAS VEGAS — The Las Vegas Raiders will require all fans attending home games to show proof of vaccination for COVID-19.

The team said Monday that the policy will take effect for the first regular season home game on Sept. 13 against Baltimore.

The Bears will play in Las Vegas on Oct. 10.

The Raiders implemented the change in accord with new directives from Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak regarding large events. Vaccinated fans will not need to wear masks at the games.

“Health and safety has always been our number one priority,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said. “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.”

The Raiders played their first season in Las Vegas in 2020 without fans but will be at full capacity this season.

The Raiders will offer the opportunity for fans to receive vaccinations on site at Allegiant Stadium prior to home games. Fans who do get vaccines at the stadium will be required to wear masks until two weeks after their second shot.

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