Under a new health mandate announced by Premier John Horgan on Monday afternoon, individuals looking to attend upcoming indoor sporting events are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Describing indoor sporting events as some of the public interests that form “non-discretionary activities,” Horgan said that fans are going to be required to present their proof of vaccination, also known as the BC vaccination card, to be allowed entry inside an arena or stadium.
During Monday’s announcement, it was emphasized that individuals over the age of 12 would be needed to show proof of immunization. Residents must have a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by September 13 to access indoor ticketed sporting events.
Moreover, fans should have had the full two doses of the vaccine by October 24 to be allowed entry.
In line with this new health mandate, several Canadian professional sports teams have already disclosed that they will also be requiring fans to be fully vaccinated to watch their games.
Besides the Toronto Blue Jays and the Toronto Raptors, teams that support the vaccination requirement also include the Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, and the Winnipeg Jets.