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‘We fully intend to begin the season without masks being required,’ says New Orleans Saints

Published: Jun. 26, 2021 at 8:22 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 26, 2021 at 11:16 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) -The New Orleans Saints say they fully intend on beginning the 2021 football season without requiring fans to wear masks.

In a statement Friday, the team said:

‘Based on the current City of New Orleans policy, if we were to start the season today, the city of New Orleans would require fans to wear masks to host an event with full capacity. The New Orleans Saints would not, and will not, require proof of vaccination for fans attending our games. As our community vaccination rate continues to improve over the summer, we fully expect and intend to begin the season without masks being required. Additionally, 100 percent of our coaching and football operations staff are fully vaccinated, and we are amongst the top three teams in the NFL in player vaccination rate. As we have stated in the past, we encourage everyone eligible in our community to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families, and their neighbors. This will further ensure our intentions of not requiring a mask to attend our games.’

The Superdome will also play host to Monster Jam on July 31. The event will welcome fans at full capacity inside the Superdome.

Those attending WILL be required to wear masks.

As the pandemic recovery progresses, Monster Jam is monitoring changes to government mandates, public health guidelines and industry standards and is working closely with our venue partners to adjust protocols for the safety and wellness of guests based on state and local requirements.

City officials say whether or not masks are required to enter a Saints game for the upcoming season will depend on the number of people who get vaccinated between now and then.

“So along those lines what that means for Saints games, we’re very optimistic that by this fall we’re going to see the capacity at its full height, but between now and then we’ve got to get everybody vaccinated,” said New Orleans Director of Communications Beau Tidwell.

“So I would say to the ‘Who Dat Nation’: Get your shot.”

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