NFL tickets for the 2021 season include the same “health promise” language as last year, requiring fans to pledge they will not attend games if they don’t meet certain medical criteria. But in a twist, some previous criteria, such as exposure to COVID-19-infected people and having symptoms that previously would have barred fans from attending, are now waived if the attendees are fully vaccinated. That would reflect the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance that the vaccinated do not appear to transmit the virus.
The league, which expects full stadiums in the fall as the pandemic appears to be receding, said it is keeping the “health promise” language to ensure fans remain confident games are safe to attend. The tickets, like last year, include a waiver that claims fans cede their right to sue if they get sick with COVID-19 from attending.
“The language says that if you have tested positive for COVID-19 we are asking you to stay home,” Bobby Gallo, senior vice president of NFL club business development, wrote in an email. “The other restrictions (if you’ve had an exposure to someone; if you’ve experienced symptoms within 48 hours; or you’ve traveled to a place with a travel or quarantine restriction), do not apply to fully vaccinated fans. However, and we shared in recommended language we sent to the clubs, we still strongly encourage anyone who has experienced any symptoms within 48 hours to see a health care professional and get tested before attending any event.”
The ticket language is certainly not dissuading buying, with demand for single-game tickets at “unprecedented” levels, Gallo said, since teams began selling after the May 12 schedule release.