Forge FC To Introduce Vaccination Or Negative Test Requirement
Canadian Premier League side Forge FC has announced that it will require fans, event staff, and employees to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result to gain access to Tim Hortons Field.
The Hamilton-based side made the announcement this morning shortly after the Toronto Blue Jays made a formal announcement of its own. MLSE had announced plans to adopt this approach last week, with other Ontario-based sides likely to follow suit – though this process is not yet formalized elsewhere.
The new policy won’t go into effect until September 6, which means the first home match for Forge FC under the new rules will be a 905 Derby against York United on September 11.
Recognizing that Tim Hortons Field is a central gathering point for many Hamiltonians and others in the surrounding area, the Tiger-Cats and Forge FC will continue to put the health and safety of its employees, partners and fans at the forefront in an effort to provide a safe and secure environment at the stadium at all times. Further details on the implementation of these new health and safety protocols at Tim Hortons Field will be provided in the coming days/weeks.Forge FC
Tim Hortons field is working with the Hamilton Public Health Services to hold mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics at the stadium over the next three days, starting today from 10:30AM to 2:00PM. Fans can click here to find out more.
With rumours indicating that British Columbia will be limited what non-essential businesses unvaccinated people can access, along with many venue organizers releasing vaccination and negative COVID-19 test policies, it is expect that more Canadian Premier League-related announcements will come soon.
With the fourth wave now here and COVID-19 case counts rising, it’s important for fans to remain vigilant. While a return to sports brings a great sense of normalcy, it’s also imperative that precautions are put in place to ensure that fans can safely support their teams.
Fans in Ontario can access their digital COVID-19 vaccination receipts here.