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Proof of vaccination will be required for BCHL games in Penticton

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September 02, 2021 - 11:27 AM

Proof of full vaccination will be required to watch the Penticton Vees at home during the upcoming season.

The hockey team announced the new health measure today, Sept. 2. As soon as the 2021/22 season starts on Sept. 24, any players, team staff, and fans older than 12 and up will be have to provide proof of vaccination to cheer on the Vees at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

“We are in complete support of the Provincial Health Mandate regarding vaccine passports,” president, general manager and head coach Fred Harbinson said in a press release. “I stated months ago that we needed everyone on the same team and getting vaccinated would give us the best opportunity to have a full (South Okanagan Event Centre) in the fall.”

The club made the decision in support of B.C.’s upcoming proof-of-vaccination program which was announced, Aug. 23.

“The vast majority of Vees fans that I interacted with over the past few months shared with me that having a proof of COVID-19 vaccination for the events centre would be reassuring to them, making Vees game nights a safe and enjoyable experience once again,” Harbinson said.

The organization will release information about its rollout the vaccine passport program soon, the press release said.

READ MORE: BCHL's Penticton Vees stop COVID-19 spread by following public health protocols

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