Canadiens to require proof of vaccination for fans to attend games

Montreal Canadiens captain Shea Weber is introduced before of an empty Bell Centre for the Canadiens NHL home opener against the Calgary Flames in Montreal on Thursday, January 28, 2021. (Paul Chiasson / CP)

The Montreal Canadiens will require all fans aged 13 years or older to be double-vaccinated in order to attend games at the Bell Centre this season.

Proof of double vaccination will be verified through Quebec's VaxiCode QR code and official identification. Capacity at Bell Centre will be restricted to 7,500 fans with season ticket holders getting access to tickets through monthly packages.

Since Sept. 1, the province of Quebec has required people to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to gain access to specific non-essential services, including bars, restaurants, sports and physical activities, outdoor events and sports venues.

The Canadiens join Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment, who implemented a mandatory vaccination policy for fans attending events starting Sept. 22. The Canadiens host the Toronto Maple Leafs in a pre-season game on Sept. 27 and play their first regular season home game on Oct. 16 against the New York Rangers.

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