First Mandatory Fan Testing Program Aims To Get Football Fans In Stands

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A massive coronavirus testing program is in place to let some Buffalo Bills fans attend Saturday’s home playoff game. Up to 6,700 fans will be allowed in, which is about 10 percent of the Bill’s stadium capacity. And all of the fans must test COVID negative within 72 hours of kickoff.

To make that happen, a company called BioReference is taking over the stadium parking lot days before the event, and will handle all the testing. If successful, the program could be used across the nation.

“There will be 30 lanes of traffic so that we can move people in relatively quickly in and out. Broadway, opera, movie houses, restaurants, other types of venues can begin to open other testing schemes,” says BioReference Executive Chairman Dr. Jon Cohen.

Both Cohen and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo are calling it the first mandatory fan testing program in the United States.

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