On Wednesday afternoon, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced that visitors will need to show proof of COVID vaccination or test negative to gain access to restaurants, bars and other locked-down areas.
This goes into effect at Sainte-Paul on January 19 for ticketless events and January 26 for ticket-free events. It will go into effect worldwide in Minneapolis on January 19.
What does this mean for local sporting events? Differently.
The mandate extends to both the Wild and the Timberwolves, the only professional teams on the market now in season.
For Wild, since the Temporary Order at Saint Paul is not going to take effect for tickets to events until January 26th, this announcement will not affect any home games at Xcel Energy Center this month.
In fact, the first game in which Xcel Energy Center fans will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test will take place on March 1 against the Calgary Flames. However, the Wild are expected to add several home games next month during the NHL’s Olympic break.
“As a result of the COVID restrictions announced today by Mayor Melvin Carter and the City of St. Paul, all fans aged 5 and over attending events at the Xcel Energy Center starting Wednesday, January 26 will be required to either provide proof of vaccination. a COVID-19 streak or proof of a negative COVID-19 test conducted under medical supervision within 72 hours of entry, ”Wild said in a statement. “COVID booster shots are not required. All fans will continue to be required to wear face covers at all times while in the arena, unless they are eating or drinking. We will continue to comply with state and local regulations in the interest of health and safety. ”
For the Timberwolves, as the Minneapolis interim order goes into effect across the board on January 19, the first game for Target Center fans to show proof of vaccination or test negative will be on January 23 against the Brooklyn Nets. … Each home game thereafter will apply until further notice.
The mandate does not extend to gophers, which is interesting because the University of Minnesota is not required to comply with city ordinances. U President Joan Gable wrote in a recent email to students and faculty that the school will announce an updated indoor plan on Friday.
“We are aware of today’s announcements from Minneapolis and St. Paul and, as always, we are evaluating our own approaches with the latest evidence and feedback from public health experts,” the Gophers Athletics Division said in a prepared statement. “We haven’t made any changes at this time.”
It’s unclear what the University of St.Thomas has to do with it, as the school did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
This vaccine announcement from St. Paul and Minneapolis came exactly one week after both cities re-established indoor masking requirements.