Events require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test – NBC Chicago

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Anyone attending events at the United Center, including the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks games, will be required to present either proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter the venue, the facility said earlier this week.

The decision, United Center officials said Thursday, reflects the venue’s “continued commitment to create the best environment for a safe return for all fans and staff,” and will also involve arena and team staff.

A new admission procedure with proof of vaccination will come into force at all future events and will remain in place until further notice, the facility said.

“With final NBA and NHL health and safety guidelines yet to be released, these protocols are subject to possible league requirements and the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks may provide additional details to their fans as the season progresses.”

The arena also announced investments to increase airflow within the United Center to circulate 100 percent outside air and perform 8.6 full air changes per hour.

According to representatives, this exceeds recommended industry standards, including requirements for grocery stores, planes, bars and restaurants.

“All systems and protocols have been approved by the Chicago Medical Society’s Infectious Disease Specialists team, which defines the United Center as the gold standard for arenas and the safest indoor venue in Chicago.”

According to the facility’s website, the next event – a Tame Impala concert with Sudan Archives – is on Tuesday at 8 p.m. A few weeks later, on September 24th and 25th, pop star Harry Styles brings his “Love on Tour 2021” to the United Center.

The last event of the month, a game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings, is scheduled for September 29th.