MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The University of Minnesota announced on Friday a temporary vaccination policy for indoor sporting events on Friday.
The university says it will require all participants, ages 5 or older, to attend internal events with 200 or more people to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours.
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The policy applies to tennis, swimming and diving, track and field, women’s basketball and men’s and hockey games.
Provisional policy will begin on January 26 and end on February 9.
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The first scheduled event with the policy in place will be the Minnesota home basketball game against Ohio State on January 27th.
The average positivity rate rose 21.6% in the last update from the Minnesota Department of Health.
In the last two weeks, cases in the state have tripled due to the highly contagious variant of Omicron.
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Due to the increase in COVID, the mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis have instituted a vaccination mandate for any company that serves food and beverages, including restaurants, bars and sports facilities. The order takes effect on Wednesday.