PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Flyers and Sixers fans will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend games at the Wells Fargo Center beginning in 2022. The Wells Fargo Center and other indoor sports venues fall under the list of establishments in Philadelphia that will be required to check vaccination cards starting Jan. 3.
The Wells Fargo Center issued a statement explaining they are prepared to comply with the city’s new mandate.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: More Than A Foot Of Snow Expected For Jersey Shore As Nor'easter Approaches
““Throughout the pandemic, Wells Fargo Center has taken a leadership role in keeping our fans safe, and we’ve already hosted several events where proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test were required for all guests, so we’re well prepared to comply with the city’s new policy,” said Valerie Camillo, President of Business Operations for the Philadelphia Flyers and Wells Fargo Center. “As an organization, we have strongly supported vaccination efforts, but we also know that we’re able to continue providing a safe environment for our guests by ensuring that everyone who enters the arena is either vaccinated or verifiably negative for COVID.”
Philadelphia officials announced the new vaccine mandate Monday morning. It comes in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 during the winter months as the city and state are seeing a rise in cases.
Beginning Jan. 3, any establishment that serves food or drinks where people can sit down to enjoy them will be required to ask for proof of vaccination in order to enter.READ MORE: Court Throws Pennsylvania's Mail-In Voting Law Into Doubt
The mandate will be implemented in phases.
From Jan. 3 to 17, restaurants and bars may choose to accept proof of a negative COVID-19 for entry. The test must be from the last 24 hours before entering the establishment.
After the 17th, negative tests will no longer be accepted and all customers must be fully vaccinated in order to enter. This means they must have either a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
The establishment’s staff must have one dose by Jan. 3 and must complete their vaccination process by Feb. 4. Staff members must provide a negative COVID test within 24 hours until they are fully vaccinated.MORE NEWS: 7th Annual Philadelphia Polar Plunge Event Begins At Citizens Bank Park
Schools and day cares, hospitals, grocery stores and soup kitchens are exempt from the mandate. Children under 5 and people with medical and religious exemptions will be allowed to dine indoors, but must still show proof of a negative test if they’re going into a location that holds more than 1,000 people.