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Mask guidance issued for fans at Billy Joel concert, Bills games

'Masks or facial coverings will be required for all fans, staff and vendors regardless of vaccination status when visiting the indoor settings at Highmark Stadium.'

ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. — As Erie County continues to experience "substantial" COVID-19 transmission, the county's health department is updating its guidance for upcoming events.

First, with Saturday's Billy Joel concert fast approaching, the Erie County Department of Health said Wednesday afternoon that any fans, staff and/or vendors attending the event at Highmark Stadium will be required to wear a mask, regardless of their vaccination status.

Then Wednesday evening, the Buffalo Bills issued a statement, citing health department guidance, saying that "masks or facial coverings will be required for all fans, staff, and vendors regardless of vaccination status when visiting the indoor settings at Highmark Stadium.

"This includes all indoor areas, indoor club levels, concourses, suites, restrooms, and other enclosed spaces. If you are fully vaccinated, masks will not be required in the outdoor areas of the stadium."

According to a department of health spokesperson in releasing guidance for the Billy Joel concert, "This requirement extends to concourses, indoor areas and other enclosed spaces at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park."

This guidance comes after the county mandated on July 31, that anyone entering an Erie County facility or building must wear a mask.  

2 On Your Side did ask a county spokesperson how these updated requirements will be enforced and have yet to hear back regarding that specific question. 

Billy Joel was originally scheduled to perform in Orchard Park in 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic.

The Buffalo Bisons recently announced that masks will be require at games when visiting the indoor portions of the stadium, regardless of vaccination status. It was highly recommended that masks be worn outdoors, regardless of vaccination status. 

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