Pacific FC, last Canadian Premier League team to demand vaccines for fans – Victoria News
Vancouver Island football fans will need to have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the next Pacific FC home game if they are to be in the stands at Starlight Stadium.
The move, announced Monday, September 27, brings West Shore Football Club closer to the rest of the Canadian Premier League (CPL) when it comes to requiring some sort of vaccination to attend games.
Beginning with the next PFC home game, anyone aged 19 and over will need to prove that they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and photo ID before being allowed to go. enter the stadium. Pacific’s next game at Starlight is scheduled for October 16, when they host Winnipeg’s Valor FC.
As of October 31, anyone aged 12 and over will need to show that they are fully vaccinated before entering the stadium.
British Columbia currently only requires participants to present their BC vaccination card at indoor sporting events, but a press release said Pacific FC and the City of Langford acknowledge that “although (Starlight Stadium) is an outdoor venue, maintaining social distancing is not possible.”
“As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase, we owe a duty of care to our community,” the statement said.
Pacific FC were the last CPL team to announce some sort of compulsory vaccine to attend games. Apart from children under 12, Valor FC have only had fully vaccinated supporters during their matches in Winnipeg for most of the 2021 season.
All three Ontario teams are subject to Ontario’s two-dose requirement for fans, which went into effect on September 22. The Calgary Cavalry’s full vaccination mandate for fans went into effect on September 22, and fans attending FC Edmonton games are due to have a dose starting September 29. Both Alberta teams are also allowing fans to be in the stadium if they can prove a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours (Edmonton) or two days (Calgary) after kick-off.
The PFC reminded fans that masks should always be worn in all indoor areas of the stadium, including washrooms and suites.
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