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SAP Center in San Jose, Chase Center in SF update COVID-19 vaccination and testing rules for children


SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) – Before the puck falls Thursday night, parents who bring their kids to big events at the SAP Center will need to familiarize themselves with updated COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Almost anyone who attends an event of 1,000 or more guests at the SAP Center will either have to prove they are vaccinated or present a negative COVID-19 test.

Announced on Monday, the updated rules will impact younger fans, especially those between the ages of three and 11.

“It gives that extra layer of protection, so we’re comfortable in the event of an event,” Christina Jimenez, a San Jose resident, told ABC7 News. “And we can take advantage of it.”

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An “extra layer of protection” that previously only applied to people 12 years of age and over.

Of course, since children five and under cannot yet be vaccinated, a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event is required.

ABC7 News visited parents in downtown San Jose on Monday.

Deni Navarro said she cared for her energetic five-year-old daughter, but explained that for family, safety means staying away from large crowds.

“It’s definitely going to take time and patience and a lot of people will all come on board,” Navarro said.

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Gilroy resident Karen Ponce said her 7-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter will also keep their distance and not attend any big events in the near future.

“I work in a hospital. So it’s kinda scary,” Ponce said.

With Ponce on the front lines, she admitted that news of the omicron variant did little to allay concerns. However, she hopes the updated rules are a step in the right direction.

“Plus everyone could take precautions… I mean, maybe that will help things in the near future and this tension won’t be that bad, you know,” she added.

The Chase Center in San Francisco is also making similar changes. On Monday, the Chase Center announced that children two to four years old will need a negative test. While these five to 11 years will have to provide either a negative test or proof of vaccination.

The updated rules at the Chase Center went into effect for Monday night’s Warriors game.

A statement on ABC7 News read:

  • Fans aged 18 and over who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after their final dose) are encouraged to download the free CLEAR app and use the Health Pass feature, where they can safely add their proof of multiple vaccination. ways, including scanning their SMART QR Code from the California Immunization Registry, linking directly to a vaccine supplier in the CLEAR National Network, or downloading their CDC-issued vaccine card. Upon arrival at the Chase Center, fans will be invited to show their CLEAR health card at arena entry points. For more information on using the CLEAR Health Pass, fans are encouraged to visit chasecenter.com/fan-safety-clear-health-pass.
  • Fully vaccinated fans who have not downloaded the free CLEAR app (including fans aged 5-17) will need to present their vaccination card (physical or digital copy) and photo ID for the entry to the site, which must be government issued photo ID for fans 18 and over.
  • Fans who have received their full vaccine overseas will need to present their vaccination card (physical or digital copy) and government-issued photo ID to enter the site.
  • Fans aged 2 to 4 as well as those aged 5 to 11 will be able to enter the building with proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours of the start time of the event.

“According to the San Francisco Department of Public Health order, fans aged 12 and over who are not fully immunized are not eligible to enter the site for events with more than 1,000 attendees, regardless of whether or the reason why they are not vaccinated, “he continued.

Back in San José, the SAP Center pointed out the changes recently announced by the state. The California Department of Public Health recommends vaccination or testing for children ages 3 to 11 in indoor locations across California with 1,000 or more guests.

A statement from the SAP Center said Sharks Sports & Entertainment (SSE) has partnered with CLEAR and the company’s Health Pass technology to provide customers with a “transparent and convenient process for showing full proof of vaccination.”

The press release said:

“For the purposes of CLEAR, based on current sanitary guidelines, SAP Center guests are organized into four groups:”

  • All guests aged 14 and over: Each guest will need to create a CLEAR Health Pass account and add proof of vaccination. If a minor does not have a mobile device capable of accessing CLEAR, the adult or guardian of this minor must provide physical proof of the minor’s vaccination status in the establishment. Acceptable forms of proof of vaccination include a physical vaccination card from the CDC or a digital vaccination record, which you can find at myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov.
  • All Guests 12 and 13 Years Old: Current City of San Jose health protocols require all guests 12 and older to be vaccinated to attend an event with more than 50 people at a city-owned facility . Due to current best practices, CLEAR does not provide Health Passes for 12 and 13 year olds. Thus, adults or guardians with minors aged 12 or 13 will be required to provide physical proof of the minor’s vaccination status in the establishment. Acceptable forms of proof of vaccination include a physical vaccination card from the CDC or a digital vaccination record, which you can find at myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov.
  • All guests ages 3-11: As of December 9, proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will be required for entry to the SAP Center in San Jose. Acceptable forms of proof of vaccination include a physical vaccination card from the CDC or a digital vaccination record which can be found at myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov. Acceptable forms or proof of a negative Covid-19 test result include a physical or digital negative COVID-19 test result that shows the name of the person taking the test and the date of administration.
  • All Customers 2 Years of Age and Under: Currently, there is no requirement related to vaccine status and / or proof of a negative COVID-19 test for customers 2 years of age and under.

The first event affected by this updated policy is Thursday night’s Sharks home game.

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