After a long road trip and FIFA international break, OL Reign will finally be back at Cheney Stadium this Sunday, September 26. Ahead of that match, OL Reign became the latest professional sports club in the region to enact vaccination and mask requirements. Here’s what OL Reign fans need to know if they are planning to attend any remaining home matches for the regular or postseason.
Masks Required for All
All fans who are 5 years and older will be required to wear a mask at all times unless actively eating or drinking. This is a requirement both indoors and outdoors at the stadium — and the mandate is true for all in attendance, regardless of vaccination status.
Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test Required
Fans age 12 or older will be required to show proof of full vaccination to enter the stadium. To be considered fully vaccinated, fans must be at least two weeks past receiving their single dose of the J&J vaccine or a minimum of two weeks past their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Fans under 12 years of age do not need vaccination proof but must adhere to the mask mandate.
Accepted forms of proof include a CDC vaccination card (which includes the name of the person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided, and date of the last dose administered), a photocopy of the vaccination card, or a photo of the card on a mobile device.
Fans who are 12 or older and not fully vaccinated may still attend OL Reign matches with a negative COVID test. It must be an FDA-approved COVID test administered within 72 hours of the match. At-home, self-administered tests will not be accepted. Accepted results include a printed document from the test provider or laboratory, or an email or text message on a mobile device from the test provider or laboratory. The information provided should include the name of the person tested, the type of test performed, and the date of the negative test result.
“It is clear that the Delta variant remains a significant threat to all, and especially to those that remain unvaccinated,” said OL Reign CEO Bill Predmore. “We encourage all of our unvaccinated fans to get vaccinated as quickly as possible, as the vaccine has been proven to be safe and effective in reducing the impact of a COVID infection.”
A full set of guidelines can be found on OL Reign’s website.
Vaccination Status for OL Reign Players, Staff
In addition to enacting protocols for fans, OL Reign announced that all OL Reign employees, as well as all gameday staff at Cheney Stadium, are required to be fully vaccinated. Reporters covering the matches in person will be required to be fully vaccinated or show a negative COVID-19 test, as well.
While OL Reign players are considered NWSL employees — and therefore are not required to comply with OL Reign’s vaccination requirement — the club shared the 28 of 29 currently rostered players are fully vaccinated. Additionally, all players, regardless of their vaccination status, are tested for COVID-19 at least once per week as part of the league’s safety and medical protocol. No OL Reign players this season have appeared on the injury report due to COVID-19 illness.