Blue Jays to require proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test for staff, spectators

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Published August 23, 2021 at 10:17 am

The Toronto Blue Jays have announced they will be implementing additional health and safety protocols for games being played at the Rogers Centre.

As of September 13, all spectators, as well as event staff, vendors, contractors, and members of the media, will be required to provide a valid piece of government-issued identification, as well as proof they have received two doses of a government-approved COVID-19 vaccine, or a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours of the game’s start time.

These policies apply to everyone ages 12 and older–those under the age of 12 will not be required to provide a negative test when accompanied by a parent who provides either a negative test or proof of vaccination.

These policies are similar to what Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment announced they would be implementing last week for all of their venues.

“The Blue Jays’ homecoming marked a significant step in our country’s return to normal, as one of the first in-person, live events in Canada in a year-and-a-half,” reads a statement from the Blue Jays.

“We are committed to doing our part to keep our community’s recovery efforts moving forward and to see the Rogers Centre and other live event venues return to full capacity. The wellbeing of Blue Jays fans, staff, and players has always been our priority and we are proud to join fellow venues in making large-scale events as safe as possible,” reads the statement.

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