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Barclays Center to require all employees and guests to be vaccinated; updates mask policy as well

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In a tweet and a statement on the Barclays Center website, the Nets announced Friday that there will be a change in in its vaccination policy for guests and employees at Barclays Center. Starting September 13, individuals over the age of 12 will be required to show proof they have received at least one vaccine dose.

Here’s the tweet...

And the notice on the Barclays Center website...

The Nets first appearance at Barclays Center is an October 8 preseason game vs. the Bucks. The regular season schedule has yet to be released.

The vaccination requirement is actually the second change in the arena’s COVID policy in the last two weeks.

Norman Oder of the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Report noted as well that Barclays Center’s guidance on masks has also changed. On August 3, he reports, Barclays set their new mask policy: Arena guests will be “required” to wear masks “irrespective of vaccine status.” He included the graphic announcing the new policy in his story on the vaccination issue...

This vaccination policy follows a recent mandate from Mayor de Blasio requiring most indoor events in the city demand proof of vaccination from those hoping to attend. That mandate applies to restaurants, gyms, movie theaters and other indoor events — like basketball and hockey games. de Blasio said the new rules were put in place to try and ensure more people receive one of the the COVID-19 vaccines.

The Barclays Center announcement noted that fans have let the venue know that they would feel more comfortable in a fully vaccinated environment. During the playoffs, the Nets set aside certain sections for non-vaccinated fans but ultimately their number totaled less than five percent.

As The Athletic reported, the Barclays Center announcement follows similar announcements by other venues...

Last week, the Sacramento Kings announced that full-time and part-time employees would need to be vaccinated by Nov. 1. On Thursday, the Golden State Warriors also said any indoor event with more than 1,000 attendees will require fans 12 and older to show proof of vaccination starting on Sept. 15. The Warriors said fans can no longer enter its arena with just proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

Also on Friday, Rolling Stone reported that Live Nation will require all artists, crew and attendees show proof of full vaccination or a negative test at their venues and upcoming festivals starting October 4.

The NBA is expected to issue its own policy on NBA players and staff vaccination before the season.