Proof of COVID vaccine or negative test now required at some UMD events

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Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 1:18 PM CST
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DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) - Starting Wednesday people attending University of Minnesota-Duluth events, including some upcoming Bulldog hockey series, will soon need to show proof they’re vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they received a negative test.

University of Minnesota system leaders announced the new proof of vaccination policy earlier this month to address the Omicron surge and staffing shortages at local hospitals.

It includes all University events with an attendance of 200 or more.

For example, all sporting events, as well as theater and musical performances, will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours for guests who are not UMN students, faculty, or staff.

It will be in effect from Wednesday, January 26 through at least Wednesday, February 9.

Both a Bulldog men’s and women’s home series at Amsoil Arena fall within that window.

For the men, fans will need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test for their series against Western Michigan University on January 28 and 29.

For the women, it will impact their series against Mankato on January 28 and 29.

A negative test will need to come from a third-party sample along with a photo ID with a matching name. At-home, self-read tests do not meet this requirement.

While U of M system leaders say the policy generally does not apply at University events held at facilities not owned by the university, it does apply to select long-term University-leased spaces, including Amsoil Arena.

It also does not apply to dining halls or normal academic instruction.

The policy mirrors a similar one Minneapolis and St. Paul mayors announced Wednesday, requiring proof of vaccination to eat or drink at restaurants and bars within their cities.

With the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus falling in those jurisdictions, university leaders “carefully considered how similar steps could enhance the University’s COVID-19 response and contribute responsibly to our communities.”

So, they drafted a policy of their own, requiring temporary proof of vaccination at indoor events on any University campus—both in the Twin Cities and across the state.

Any policy extension will be announced before February 9.

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