Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy for fans effective September 22.
Following the provincial government announcing it will implement a mandatory vaccine policy for certain indoor public events, MLSE fully supports the move and also confirmed that all event attendees will be required to provide proof of vaccination, not only for the indoor events mandated, but for events at its outdoor venues while all attendees must continue to wear face coverings.
“As an organization, MLSE fully supports the mandatory vaccination policy being implemented by the province as we all work together to create a path forward that protects our communities and allows a return to full operations for all businesses,” MLSE president and CEO Michael Friisdahl said in a statement.
“Providing the safest environment within our venues and protecting our community from the transmission of COVID-19 are our highest priorities and ensuring all attendees and staff at our events are fully vaccinated is the ultimate safeguard in that goal.”
“We strongly believe that this mandatory vaccine policy, along with the other enhanced measures we are adding, should allow us to safely resume hosting both indoor and outdoor events at full capacity in time for the start of the Maple Leafs and Raptors seasons this Fall.”
Proof of a negative COVID-19 test will not be accepted for admittance to MLSE venues or events, except for guests with a verified medical exemption. Children who are 11 years of age and younger will be exempted from these requirements.
In addition, although not currently outlined in the regulations, MLSE will require all staff and event personnel to provide documentation of full vaccination as the organization works with government and public health officials to provide the safest operation possible for its employees, fans and for the community at large.
The Argonauts play the QEW rival Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday, September 10 prior to the policy coming into effect for the Friday, September 24 game against the Montreal Alouettes.