ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Officials from the Blue Cross Arena announced Wednesday that proof of vaccination will be required for Amerks games, Knighthawks games, concerts, and events, for all fans ages 12 and up, beginning September 29.

Officials say for all events between September 29 and November 2, guests will be permitted to enter the venue with a minimum of one vaccine dose. They say beginning November 3, guests must be fully vaccinated, with two weeks past since the completion of a two-dose series, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.

Officials say all guests younger than 12 years will not be required to have provide proof of vaccination, but will be required to wear masks at all times while inside the arena.

Additionally, fans 12 and older who provide proof of vaccination will not be required to wear masks, but arena officials say the “continued practice of mask-wearing is strongly encouraged while inside the arena.

Upon arrival, guests will be required to present either their vaccination card or the New York State Excelsior Pass on their mobile device along with a government-issued photo ID. Photos of vaccine cards will not be accepted. Part of the new policy says that negative COVID-19 test results will also not be accepted for entry.

This new policy will begin with the All-Elite Wrestling (AEW) event in Rochester on Wednesday, September 29.

The policy follows as similar one recently instituted for fans attending Buffalo Bills and Sabres games. Those teams are owned by Pegula Sports and Entertainment, which also manages the Blue Cross Arena.

Arena officials say the decision for the new policy comes with recommendations from the Monroe County Department of Public Health.

“We all want to see the return of sporting events, concerts and activities at The Blue Cross Arena, but in a safe manner,” said Monroe County Executive Adam Bello. “This agreement allows for a full arena that is still safe and prudent for children and adults. Vaccination greatly reduces the risk of infection so fans can focus on cheering for the Amerks and Knighthawks.”