Wake Forest and Duke announce new fan engagement protocols – The North State Journal

Duke fans reach out as Georgia Tech goalie Kyle Sturdivant prepares to return the ball during Tuesday’s basketball game at Cameron Indoor Stadium (AP Photo / Gerry Broome)

As COVID cases rise again due to the Omicron variant and postponed or canceled sporting events at sites across the country including North Carolina, several state colleges have instituted new protocols for fans attending upcoming home basketball games.

Campbell took the most drastic step by announcing that all sporting events on campus will be closed to spectators until at least January 19.

Wake Forest and Davidson will continue to allow fans in the stands, but anyone over the age of 12 who attends games at these two schools must provide proof of a COVID vaccination or a negative test result in order to enter their arenas.

Proof of vaccination can be either a vaccination card or a digital image / photo with name and dose history. Negative PCR or rapid tests should be performed within 48 hours of the event.

“We are all working together to persevere in this recent surge in COVID cases, especially given the pressure from our healthcare system and our workers,” Wake Forest athletic director John Currie said in a statement on Friday. announcing the new directive. “This extra step for Wake Forest indoor sporting events is in line with the updated protocols for the spring semester described by Provost Rogan Kersh and Executive Vice President Hof Milam’s recent message to the college community on December 29th. “

Starting at the Deacons home basketball game against Duke on Wednesday, Jan.12, spectators are required to show their immunization records.

Those who cannot provide proof of vaccination or a valid negative COVID test will be refused entry. Face coverings are mandatory and must be worn at all indoor sporting events in Wake.

They are allowed to be lowered from the face and nose only when fans consume food and drink in their seats and other designated areas.

Duke, on the other hand, has announced that concession stands will be closed and dining options will be suspended in all reception areas, in line with the university’s policy on indoor dining on campus. to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID.

Club Blue Devil won’t open for Saturday’s basketball game against Miami, but outside options are being evaluated for future home dates, depending on the weather. The mask warrants remain in effect at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

North Carolina, the state of North Carolina and other state athletic departments have also implemented mask warrants, but have not announced any additional protocols in response to the pandemic.

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