Created: May 12, 2021 12:53 PM
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WHEC)— We now know who the Bills will be playing in Week One of the National Football League's regular season, and we're getting a better idea of just how fans will be allowed to enjoy it at Highmark Stadium,
During a COVID briefing in Buffalo Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo said as it stands, the stadium would follow a 50/50 split between unvaccinated and vaccinated seating sections. It's the same "formula" being used at Major League Baseball games in the state.
Cuomo said while 50/50 is the current plan, he cautioned September is "still a ways away" with a hope that vaccination numbers will improve by the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sep. 12.
State data announced Wednesday showed roughly 50% of New Yorkers have been fully vaccinated, with close to the same having had at least one dose.
What's still to be determined is if you'll need to be fully vaccinated before heading to a game this fall. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz previously said he did not see the stadium reaching 100% capacity unless everyone, including staff, were vaccinated. It's a move Cuomo cautioned that may be "too early" to make a decision on,
After being questioned by reporters, Cuomo said the decision to keep sections split by vaccination status is not developing a "class system' as he replied the vaccine is free for everyone.
The rest of the Bills' 2021 schedule has yet to be released, but we will keep you updated once it does.
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