Edmonton Elks, Saskatchewan Roughriders moving toward vaccination requirement for fans: report

The Edmonton Elks and Saskatchewan Roughriders are moving towards creating a policy that would allow only fully-vaccinated fans to attend games for the rest of the season, according to TSN’s Farhan Lalji.

Hearing that the #Elks preference is to move towards a policy for fans to be fully vaccinated for all fans attending home games going forward. However all of the necessary discussions with various stakeholders have yet to take place to make that happen.

Same situation with #Riders. Things appear headed in this direction. A lot of stakeholder discussions now taking place. As numbers evolve, all teams are having to adjust. Doesn’t sound like it will be long before all 9 @cfl teams will have full vax policies for fans.

Similar policies have been announced in B.C., Calgary, Hamilton, and Ottawa over the past few days, leaving Edmonton and Saskatchewan as the only remaining CFL teams that permit unvaccinated fans to attending games.

There have been calls for the Elks and Riders to introduce new policies as COVID-19 cases have significantly increased in the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan since the CFL season got underway.

The province of Manitoba did not seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases two weeks after the Blue Bombers hosted their home-opener on Aug. 5, which hosted a crowd of almost 30,000 fully-vaccinated fans.

This was not the case in Saskatchewan, where the seven-day case count more than doubled two weeks after their home opener of Aug. 6. Saskatchewan warned of possible exposure on a shuttle bus and in Pil Country with nine confirmed cases stemming from the home opener.

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