There have been nine confirmed cases of COVID linked to the Roughriders home opener on August 6, according to 980 CJME reporter Brady Lang.
Over 33,000 fans were on hand at a sold out Mosaic Stadium to watch the green and white beat the B.C. Lions 33-29.
Lang obtained a statement from the Saskatchewan Health Authority:
“Attendance during the infectious period did occur, and there is evidence of disease acquisition of others who may have come in contact with infectious individuals at the game. In addition, the cases were involved in activities, including shuttle rides, i.e. long duration commutes without mask use and the standing-only Pil Country area.”
“If you were associated with any recent exposure alerts … the SHA asks you to keep track of where you were during and after these events, as well as your vaccine status and whether you were wearing a mask while in close contact with others.”
COVID-19 and its variants are still present in Saskatchewan. Persons infected with or exposed to the virus should take all precautions as advised by Public Health and take all reasonable measures to significantly reduce the risk of infecting others. Following public health guidance is particularly important for those who are unvaccinated or have received only one dose of vaccine.
The Riders do not currently have a vaccine requirement for entrance to the stadium. The team plays at home again on Saturday against the Ottawa Redblacks and have announced that the Labour Day Classic has sold out.