Anyone over the age of 12, who is looking to attend an event at TD Place stadium or arena will have to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or that they have received a negative test result as of September 12.
The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) says, Monday, August 23, that it is looking forward to having full arena and stadium crowds again, but work still needs to be done to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the city.
"With vaccination rates lower than anticipated and with new variants emerging, there is a growing need for OSEG and TD Place to introduce additional measures to help protect the health and safety of our guests, employees, and the broader community," says the group.
Children not eligible to be vaccinated are welcome to attend events, but will have to complete the health screening questionnaire.
OSEG is not quite sure, however, just how it will be expecting patrons to show proof of vaccination yet.
"As you can appreciate, with a lack of a digital tool/electronic vaccine passport provided by government agencies, this is a difficult process," the group explains on its website. "We are working hard and will do our very best to implement a process that is as user-friendly as possible. We’re still working out the details and more information will follow in early September. Given the unpredictability of COVID-19, we also anticipate that our process will evolve and refine over time."
Masks will still be required at all sporting events, except while eating or drinking, as per provincial public health directives.
OSEG says vaccinations received outside of Canada are accepted, as long as they are Health Canada approved (Pfizer, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson).
For more details on OSEG's new policy, click here.