In a move that many fans have been calling for, and something that many stadiums across the country have already adopted, the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns announced today the proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will be required to enter Providence Park, starting on August 25.
All fans 12 years and older will need to present valid proof of vaccination upon entry for matches starting on the above date. Acceptable forms of proof include a valid CDC vaccination card showing full vaccination status, a photocopy of the card, or a photo of the card on a mobile device.
According to the press release, if someone cannot provide proof of vaccination, valid documentation of a negative PCR test for COVID-19 taken within 48 hours of kickoff will also serve as an acceptable form of entry.
Timbers and Thorns president of business Mike Golub outlined in the club statement the need for the new policy in light of rising case counts due to the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant, a more transmissible form of the virus that has lead to a surge in cases nationwide.
“We felt a responsibility to change the policy with the health and safety of our fans as top priority while doing our part to reduce transmission in our community,” Golub stated. “This is not a place any of us thought we’d be, but the spread of the Delta variant and risk to unvaccinated children made it an easy decision until the situation improves. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is safe, free, effective and the quickest way to end this pandemic.”
As of now, it appears guests aged five and over at Providence Park will still be required to wear face coverings in all areas other than their seats. It is unknown at this time if that policy will remain or change once the vaccination policy goes into effect, as it is in place in compliance with the state of Oregon’s indoor mask requirement.
The new policy will not be in place for the Women’s International Champions Cup matches taking place this week, on August 18 and August 21. The first match the new policy will be in place will be the August 25 Thorns FC home match against NJ/NY Gotham FC.
You can read the club’s full press release here.