As the delta variant of the coronavirus continues to surge across the United States, the question of how universities will handle crowds at sporting events this fall has arisen.
On Friday evening, both the University of Oregon and Oregon State University of the Pac-12 Conference announced that all attendees at events (beside sporting events, that includes concerts and conferences) ages 12 and older must provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
Earlier in the day, the University of Hawaii of the Mountain West Conference said no fans will be allowed at “season-opening events” but that the decision “will be re-evaluated in the coming weeks.”
The UO will require people aged 12 and older to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test in order to attend university events and activities, including sporting events, as of Monday, Aug. 23. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/y8FgCc4FR4— University of Oregon (@uoregon) August 20, 2021
We are upping our efforts to reduce COVID-19 risks by requiring proof of vaccinations beginning Aug. 23 at designated OSU events and activities, including home football games.— Oregon State University (@OregonState) August 21, 2021
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The Hawaii football team’s home opener is Sept. 4 against Portland State (it begins the season Aug. 28 at UCLA). Oregon’s season opener is Sept. 4 at home against Fresno State. Oregon State’s season begins Sept. 4 on the road against Purdue, and its home opener is, coincidentally, Sept. 11 versus Hawaii.