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WSU, state sports arenas now require proof of vaccination during matches


Washington State University joined sports teams across the state when it announced that fans ages 12 and older will need to get vaccinated to attend games, a decision made by arenas and athletic departments to compensate for peak COVID-19 hospitalizations.

For all ages 5 and up, masks will be mandatory from Tuesday at WSU track and field events, the WSU said in a statement. Participants 12 and older will be required to show proof of vaccination at home games starting in October, with the first contest scheduled for October 9 against Oregon State University at Gesa Field.

For unvaccinated guests aged 12 and older, the stadium will require a negative COVID test within three days before the game, according to the WSU statement.

The WSU Cougars were one of many teams to update vaccine and mask policies, mirroring mandates announced Tuesday by the University of Washington and the Seattle Kraken.

In a statement, Husky Athletics announced that participants will have their immunizations checked on site starting September 25 during the home football game against UC Berkeley.

All participants in Husky Athletics ages 5 and up events will also be required to wear a mask starting Tuesday, the statement said.

At UW’s game against Arkansas State on September 18, guests can take advantage of an optional pop-up vaccination site or have their vaccination status approved at one of the verification sites, the statement said. from UW.

Guests who go through this verification will only have to do it once. UW said it will release more details on how vaccines will be verified in the coming days.

King County Director Dow Constantine said Public Health – Seattle and King County will work with businesses, sports teams and venues to develop clear vaccine verification policies, according to a county statement Tuesday.

The Seattle Kraken and Climate Pledge Arena announced Tuesday that all guests ages 5 and older will be required to wear masks and those 13 and older will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result within 72 hours before the game.

Those with valid religious or medical exemptions will be required to provide a negative COVID test result within 48 hours of the game, said Don Graham, senior vice president of events at Oak View Group and COVID task force leader for Climate Pledge Arena.

More details on the accepted exemptions will be released after advice from health experts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Graham said.

“We will, of course, have everyone masked, including those vaccinated, those exempted who arrive with a negative test, and children under 12 who cannot get the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Graham. “There will be an additional layer of protection. “

Graham said the arena will consider refunds for Kraken games on a case-by-case basis. Other Climate Pledge Arena events like concerts will need to be worked out with the show promoters, who may have a different policy, Graham said.

The team’s first home game is against the Vancouver Canucks on October 23 at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle. They will play an exhibition match at Spokane Arena on September 26, where the vaccination requirement will also be in effect.

The Kraken will also require vaccinations for all full-time and part-time employees and contractors, the statement said. About 94% of those staff are fully vaccinated and the arena has set a vaccination deadline of Oct. 1, said De’Aira Anderson, head of corporate communications at the Seattle Kraken.

The NHL does not disclose the vaccination status of its players, Anderson said.

The Seattle Seahawks, Mariners and Sounders have announced similar vaccination and testing requirements for participants ages 12 and older. Masks are mandatory for all fans aged 5 and over. This is effective for the September 19 home game against the Tennessee Titans.

Those who do not get vaccinated will have to show a negative COVID result within 72 hours of kickoff, the Seahawks said in a statement, and anyone seeking medical exemption from mask warrants will need to complete a form three days before. the game.

The Spokane Chiefs hockey club did not have a vaccination mandate on Tuesday afternoon, but set a mask requirement for all ages 5 and up, said Brian Cobb, vice president of marketing and communications for the hockey club. Masks are recommended for children 2-4 years old.

“Given all the news that has occurred today, we will continue to monitor and evaluate best practices,” Cobb said, adding that they would defer to local and state health authorities for guidance. policies.


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