The Utah Jazz announced today that anyone 12 and older who attend an event or a Jazz game are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of event start time.
Jim Olson, president of Vivint Arena and the Utah Jazz said, “As a community gathering place, we have a responsibility to protect our guests by putting health and safety standards in place.” He went on to say, “The delta variant is a threat to the sports and entertainment industry and our community at large. We ask Jazz fans to get vaccinated to help stop the surge. We stand united with health care professionals on the importance of vaccinations. We believe this is the path forward to shut down this pandemic.”
These updated guidelines will go into effect on September 30th with Utah Jazz preseason games beginning in October.
Children under 12 will be allowed to enter the arena but must wear a mask at all times. Other guests are strongly encouraged to wear a mask but it is not required.
The Utah Jazz have recommended that guests arrive early to Jazz games to provide a smooth experience.
While entering the arena, here are the ways that people can show proof of vaccination:
· A CDC-issued vaccination card including the name of the person vaccinated, the type of vaccination provided and the date that the last dose was administered
· A digital photo of a CDC-issued vaccination card stored on a phone or electronic device
· A printed photo of a CDC-issued vaccination card
Here are the ways to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test:
· A digital photo of negative COVID-19 PCR test results that matches the personal identification of the individual
· A printed photo of negative COVID-19 PCR test results that matches the personal identification of the individual
This is a welcome move from the Utah Jazz who are looking to protect all of their fans from this latest wave of COVID-19. This will hopefully also incentivize fans, who have not yet been vaccinated, to get the vaccine so that we can curb the spread COVID-19.
It also makes sure that Vivint Arena continues to be the most raucous arena in the NBA.
For information on where to get your vaccine in Utah, go here.