MLSE venues to require proof of vaccination or negative test in September

Golden State Warriors shoot hoops on the court after a closed practice session at the Scotiabank Arena. (Chris Young/CP)

Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment has announced that starting in mid-September, any employees, event staff or guests entering a venue owned by the organization will need to show proof they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they had tested negative for the novel coronavirus.

These buildings include Scotiabank Arena -- home of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Raptors -- as well as BMO Field -- home of Toronto FC and the Toronto Argonauts -- and the Real Sports restaurant and store in downtown Toronto, among others.

"As an organization that hosts more than four million fans per year, at hundreds of events in multiple venues, MLSE is proud to serve as a central gathering place in Toronto and recognizes its responsibility to provide attendees with a safe and secure environment," a statement from MLSE reads. "We believe these health and safety protocols are the key to allowing our communities and businesses to reopen safely, to permit full capacity events, and to protect against further lockdowns."

MLSE's statement says further details on when and how these protocols will be implemented will be announced "in the coming weeks."

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