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United Center Will Require Proof Of Vaccination Or Negative Test For Bulls, Blackhawks Games And More

Such rules are becoming more common as organizations look to keep customers — and their businesses — safe and help end the pandemic.

The United Center on Feb. 26.
Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

CHICAGO — People going to events at the United Center will now need to provide proof they’re fully vaccinated against coronavirus or have tested negative.

The arena announced the policy Thursday. It will accept printed and digital proof of vaccination cards and negative test results once people arrive. People younger than 12 — who are currently not eligible to get vaccinated — can provide proof of a negative test to get in.

The same rules will apply to the arena’s employees. More information about the policy is available on the United Center’s website.

Such rules are becoming more common as organizations look to keep customers — and their businesses — safe and help end the pandemic.

The United Center is also requiring attendees older than 2 to wear a mask that covers their nose at mouth, in accordance with city rules. Masks must be worn at all times, except when a person is actively eating or drinking.

The United Center was closed to large events during most of 2020, as the large gatherings common there were unsafe due to the pandemic. It served as a mass voting site in November.

As vaccines became available, the arena’s parking lots served as a mass vaccination site. The site closed in June.

In late April, the United Center reopened and again started hosting Bulls and Blackhawks games, as well as other events, with safety restrictions.

COVID-19 vaccinations are free and do not require insurance. Anyone can call the city’s coronavirus hotline at 312-746-4835 to get more information on how and where to get vaccinated in their community.

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