The new rules are expected to be in place when the Roughriders welcome the Toronto Argonauts to Mosaic Stadium on Sept. 17.
Roughriders’ management says the decision comes following concerns over the Delta variant from both the team and Saskatchewan’s public health experts.
“In consultations with local medical health officers this past week, they voiced their support to begin requiring proof of vaccination at Roughrider games,” said Craig Reynolds, Roughriders’ president and CEO.
“After speaking with our stakeholders, including the City of Regina, our stadium owner REAL, our stadium operator and the CFL, we decided that this is the right decision for our Club and for our fans.”
Fans under the age of 12 are exempt from these new requirements due to them not being eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
As for the unvaccinated or partially vaccinated needing to provide a negative test, it must be taken within 48 hours before the start of the game.
“We continue to strongly encourage all of our fans to get fully vaccinated for the safety of themselves and others and to wear masks to our games as an extra layer of protection,” Reynolds said.
The Roughriders are working on the logistics of how to accept proof of vaccination, working closely with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Regina Exhibition Associated Limited (REAL) and the province to make that happen.
Once a decision is made, the public will be notified.
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