University at Buffalo to require COVID-19 vaccination proof to attend events

The new policy takes effect on Oct. 1
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Amherst, N.Y. (WBEN) - The University at Buffalo announced on Monday a new policy for attending sporting and cultural events on campus.

The UB policy takes effect on Friday, Oct. 1, when attendees must provide proof that they have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to be allowed into events at UB Stadium, Alumni Arena, the Center for the Arts and Slee Hall.

A vaccination card, a photo of a vaccination card, an Excelsior Pass or a digital vaccine card are all acceptable. Attendees should be prepared to show photo ID as well.

The new rule applies to those planning on attending public cultural events at Slee Hall, the Center for the Arts and Alumni Arena, including the Distinguished Speakers Series and the commencement celebration honoring the Class of 2020 on Oct. 1.

The next home UB football game is Saturday, Oct. 2 against Western Michigan at UB Stadium.

“We feel this is in the community’s best interest,” said Michael E. Cain, Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

With the vaccination policy in effect, masks will no longer be required when spectators are outdoors at UB Stadium. Within indoor locations at UB Stadium, masks will still be required, including on the concourse and within club-level suites.

Masks also will be required at all times while attending events inside Alumni Arena, the Center for the Arts and Slee Hall.

For children under 12 who are not vaccinated, they still will be admitted to UB events, but must be masked at all times at all UB venues.

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