Jazz Will Require Masks At Home Games During Mandate
SALT LAKE CITY – Fans of the Utah Jazz should expect to be required to wear masks after a 30-day mask mandate was issued by health executive director Dr. Angela Dunn.
The mandate will include fans wanting to attend Jazz home games in light of the growing spread of the coronavirus due to the highly contagious omicron variant.
“To support the health and well-being of our community, Vivint Arena will be enforcing the Salt Lake County Health Department requirement of mandatory masks for indoor events at the arena, including Utah Jazz games and upcoming concerts and shows,” Vivint Arena said in a tweet.
Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall had requested Dr. Dunn order the mandate due to the increasing spread of the virus which has reached record numbers of positive cases in recent days.
The health order will require people, regardless of their vaccination status to wear their masks while indoors or when gathering in large groups over the next month.
The Jazz already require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for fans wanting to attend home games this season.
Fans ages 12 and up are required to show proof that they are COVID-19 free before entering the building with either proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the game.
Children under the age of 12 are required to wear masks at all times within the building while attending Jazz games.
“As a community gathering place, we have a responsibility to protect our guests by putting health and safety standards in place,” said Jim Olson, president of Vivint Arena and the Jazz said in a release before the season opened.
The Jazz return to Salt Lake City on January 12 and will have seven home games before the mandate expires.
The mandate begins at midnight on January 8 and will run through February 7.
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