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New spectator policies come into effect for Big Red sporting events

By December 29, 2021Sports events

All track and field events at Cornell University will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test starting Wednesday, and masking at all times, according to new policies announced this week by Cornell Athletics. Spectators should schedule extra time for the COVID checkpoint, which was already in use for hockey games this fall.

“Cornell Athletics is delighted to return to competition and welcome family, friends and fans to campus for the 2021-22 seasons,” Cornell said in a statement. “Our student-athletes, coaches and staff are thrilled to have the opportunity to play the sports they love with your support. “

Students or current Cornell employees must use the school’s Daily Check-in website prior to attending an event on campus and will be required to show their Cornell ID for admission.

Other spectators should be prepared to present photo ID along with proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, via NYS Excelsior Pass or a photo, screenshot or copy of the card vaccination; or COVID-19 test results by PCR, rapid PCR or FDA cleared nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) or negative DOH collected within 72 hours of the onset of the event; or an FDA-cleared antigen test performed on a sample collected within six hours of the onset of the event.

Children 12 years of age or older must also show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, but do not need photo ID if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children under 12 do not need to prove vaccination or a negative COVID test, but must remain masked at all times.

All spectators will be required to wear masks at all times during indoor sporting events, regardless of their vaccination status, Cornell said. Concessions will not be available for sale at indoor events, and spectators may not bring food or drink with them. Bags are not recommended and are subject to search.

Cornell says season ticket sales are not available at this time for winter sports and event tickets will be offered for each game starting the week of the event. (Women’s basketball games, including this Wednesday’s, do not require tickets.)

Cornell Athletics emphasizes that “government, state, local and university mandates, venue protocols and event requirements are subject to change.” Watch for updates in early 2022.

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