United Center to adjust COVID rules with city changes originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The United Center is relaxing its COVID-19 guidelines in the arena following the City of Chicago’s lifting of its mask and vaccination proof mandates for restaurants, bars and other covered establishments, the arena announced Monday. morning.
Going forward, the United Center will require all attendees — including Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks fans — to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter the site. Masks are also now optional for attendees.
Previously, the United Center had required proof of vaccination (and did not accept a negative test) to enter, and required all spectators at the event to wear masks.
“The decision to continue to require proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is representative of the continued commitment to providing the best environment for all fans and employees,” the United Center said in a statement, adding that if masks are optional, they remain “recommended”.
The updated guidelines will first come into effect for Blackhawks fans on Thursday, March 3 for their home game against the Edmonton Oilers, and for Bulls fans on Friday, March 4 for their home game against the Milwaukees. Bucks.
The Bulls play eight of their 21 remaining regular season games at home and hope to host playoff basketball at the United Center in the spring.
The Blackhawks, meanwhile, are playing 14 of their remaining 28 regular-season games at home, but have no playoff hopes.
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