The Toronto Blue Jays will require fans to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in order to attend their home games and possibly playoff games as of Sept. 13, the team announced Monday.
The policy will apply to all fans, staff and guests aged 12 and up at the Rogers Centre.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 23, 2021
Fans aged 12 and over and all staff will be required to follow the new protocols. Fans aged 11 and younger are not required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result when accompanied by a parent or guardian that meets the entry requirements.
After being based in the U.S. for the entire 2020 season and the first three months of 2021 due to restrictions at the Canada/U.S. border around the global pandemic, the Blue Jays returned to Rogers Centre on July 30.
Toronto has 10 home games remaining until the new protocols kick in, starting Monday with the opening game of a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox.
The new requirements will begin when Blue Jays start a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sept. 13. Toronto is 10-4 since returning home to play at Rogers Centre.
The additional protocols will be enforced along with existing measures, including mandatory face coverings for fans aged two and older except when actively eating or drinking in designated seats or physically distanced areas.
It comes just days after Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) also announced a vaccine requirement for their stadiums and arenas. Those protocols also come into effect in mid-September.