United Center lifts proof of vaccination, negative-test requirement

Once inside, masks are recommended but optional for eventgoers, according to a statement from the United Center.

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The United Center will no longer require proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test to enter.

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The United Center announced Tuesday that people attending events at the arena will no longer have to present proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

The updated policy will take effect beginning with the men’s basketball NCAA Midwest Regional on Friday and Sunday and will remain in place for all future events, according to a statement from the United Center.

Once inside, masks are recommended but optional for eventgoers, the statement said. The arena made masks optional for event attendees last month, coinciding with the city and Illinois lifting mask mandates.

In some cases, the NBA, the NHL and certain special events may require additional health and safety protocols, the statement said.

Fans are encouraged to check the United Center website for the latest details before attending an event.

The city’s chief health officer, Dr. Allison Arwady, said she’s OK with the change at the United Center and pointed to Louisiana.

“I was talking to my counterpart in New Orleans and she said, ‘We just had the nation’s biggest superspreader event, in theory, Mardi Gras, where a million people from around the country show up to party’ and they’ve not seen much of a trouble,” Arwady said.

Of the change at the United Center, Arwady said, “It is appropriate for settings that [are] feeling more comfortable or believe their patrons are more comfortable to lift those requirements.”

Contributing: Mitch Dudek

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