Utah Jazz game and Vivint Arena will require COVID-19 vaccination or negative testing from fans


Masks will be mandatory for event participants under the age of 12 who cannot be vaccinated

(Briana Scroggins | Special for The Tribune) Utah Jazz fans line up outside the Vivint Smart Home Arena before the Jazz play the Memphis Grizzlies in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

The Jazz are cracking down on COVID at Vivint Arena for the 2021-22 NBA season.

On Friday, they announced their policy for the season: Jazz Game participants will need to show full proof of vaccination, a negative test taken within 72 hours, or be under 12 to attend.

Face masks will be required for those under 12 at the site, but they will not be required for those over 12 – only strongly encouraged.

“As a community gathering place, we have a responsibility to protect our guests by implementing health and safety standards,” Jim Olson, president of Vivint Arena and Utah Jazz, said in a statement. “The Delta variant is a threat to the sports and entertainment industry and our community as a whole. We ask Jazz fans to get vaccinated to help stop the wave. We stand in solidarity with health professionals on the importance of vaccinations. We believe this is the way forward to stop this pandemic. “

To be considered fully vaccinated, fans will need to prove that 14 days have passed since their last shot – 14 days after the second shot if they received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 14 days after receiving a dose of Johnson. & Johnson vaccine.

What constitutes proof of vaccination? A CDC-issued vaccination card including the name of the person vaccinated, the type of vaccination provided and the date the last dose was given, or a digital photo of the card issued by the CDC stored on a phone or electronic device, or a printed photo of the same.

The team says it will also reveal a digital process to upload proof of vaccination for easier entry.

The policy will be in effect at all Vivint Arena events for the foreseeable future. The next event at the arena is an NHL pre-season game between the LA Kings and the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday, September 30. A Michael Bublé concert will take place on October 1 and the first preparatory match for Jazz will take place on October 11.

“I am happy that Utah Jazz takes the safety of its fans, staff and players seriously,” said Dr. Leisha Nolen, the new state epidemiologist at the Utah Department of Health. , in a press release. “The use of vaccinations, tests and masks are all part of a layered approach that we’ve been promoting statewide. We welcome the efforts by companies to organize their events in a safe manner during this time of high transmission of COVID-19. “


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