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UConn changes fan policy for athletics events: Masks optional, proof of vaccination removed

UConn changes fan policy for athletics events: Masks optional, proof of vaccination removed

Fans attending UConn home athletic events, including games at the XL Center in Hartford and Gampel Pavilion on campus, no longer must show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results for entry, according to a shift in policy announced Thursday by the university.

Also, fans at home athletic events at all facilities are no longer required to wear masks.

The changes go into effect Friday.

UConn began requiring fans attending home athletic events to show proof of vaccination or a negative test, performed within 72 hours, on Jan. 15.

As part of the reasoning for changes announced Thursday, the university cited low positive rates and high vaccination rates on campus, low state positivity rates, and seven of eight counties in Connecticut being classified as “low risk” by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Also, the state no longer requires masks to enter state buildings.

UConn’s policy on mask wearing has changed from required to recommended in most campus settings. Masking will remain required in all instructional settings (classrooms, labs, studios, rehearsal rooms, clinics) through at least April 1, at which point the policy will be reevaluated.

“While this change means masks will not be required in most settings, the university still recommends wearing them on our campuses,” UConn’s announcement read. “We also strongly encourage each member of the UConn community to continue to be flexible and courteous when it comes to masking. Please always carry a mask with you in the event you are asked to wear it in certain close settings, such as individual or small group meetings. Members of the community will be at varying stages of comfort with mask wearing and we want to be respectful of others.”

The UConn men’s basketball team plays its final regular Saturday at Gampel Pavilion against DePaul.

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LA County Lifts Outdoor Mask Requirement For Mega Events, Schools

LA County Lifts Outdoor Mask Requirement For Mega Events, Schools

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles County Wednesday lifted its outdoor mask mandate for mega-events and K-12 schools and child care centers, this on the same day that thousands of fans will gather in Exposition Park to celebrate the Rams Super Bowl title.

Rams fan looks on at Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Feb. 13, 2022. (Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News/Getty Images)

The decision also comes just days after most fans at Super Bowl LVI were seen ignoring the mask requirement.

Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer told the L.A. County Board of Supervisors Tuesday that the outdoor mask requirement will be formally lifted at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. Fans who attend Wednesday’s rally at Veterans Memorial Coliseum will not be required to wear them. However, they will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

The move coincides with the state of California lifting its indoor mask-wearing requirement for fully vaccinated residents. Los Angeles County, however, will keep its indoor mask mandate for all people, regardless of vaccination status.

Ferrer said again Tuesday that the county’s indoor masking rule will remain in place until the county’s virus-transmission rate falls to the “moderate” level, as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and stays there for two weeks. Ferrer said the indoor mask requirement could be lifted by March 30.

She said she understands residents’ desire to shed face coverings, but the “issue is one of timing.” Ferrer said masks are a critical level of protection when virus transmission remains high.

There were 1,995 COVID-19 patients in L.A. County hospitals Tuesday, down from 2,054 on Monday. Hospitalizations had climbed to over 4,800 in mid-January at the height of the Omicron-variant-fueled winter surge in cases.

The county on Tuesday reported 55 more COVID-19-related deaths, raising the overall virus death toll to 29,980.

Another 2,133 COVID cases were announced, giving the county a cumulative total of 2,766,161 from throughout the pandemic.

The rolling average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus was 3.2% as of Tuesday.

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