Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Forge FC to require spectators to provide vaccination status, negative COVID-19 test

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Published August 23, 2021 at 10:31 am

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Tiger-Cats and Forge FC fans will now be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to gain access to Tim Hortons Field.

In a press release issued Monday (Aug. 23), the organizations, in partnership with the City of Hamilton made the announcement that starting on Labour Day (Sept. 6), all employees, event staff and guests will need to disclose their vaccination status or a recent negative COVID-19 test result.

The new measures take effect prior to Tiger-Cats’ home opener and Hamilton’s traditional Labour Day Classic against the Toronto Argonauts.

“Recognizing that Tim Hortons Field is a central gathering point for many Hamiltonians and others in the surrounding area, the Tiger-Cats and Forge FC will continue to put the health and safety of its employees, partners and fans at the forefront in an effort to provide a safe and secure environment at the stadium at all times,” the release said.

“Further details on the implementation of these new health and safety protocols at Tim Hortons Field will be provided in the coming days/weeks.”

Forge FC’s first home match under these new health and safety protocols will be Saturday, September 11 against York United FC.

The announcement comes on the same day that the Toronto Blue Jays announced similar protocols to access Rogers Centre.

Hamilton Public Health Services is also holding a mobile vaccination clinic at Tim Hortons Field this week on August 23 and 24 (10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.), as well as August 25 (10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.).

Residents can walk in to get their shot, watch a Ti-Cats practice, and be entered into a draw to win prizes.

To date, 769,836 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Hamilton, with 71 per cent of residents 12 years of age and older fully vaccinated and 78.6 per cent having received at least one dose.

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