MLSE removing proof of vaccination requirement at all events starting March 1

Toronto Maple Leafs fans celebrate their team's first goal of the game against the Montreal Canadiens during first period NHL action in Toronto on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. (CP/file)

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment says it will discontinue its mandatory vaccination policy for fans attending its events, whether indoors or outdoors starting March 1.

MLSE announced the new policy on Friday after the Ontario government outlined plans to ease certain COVID-19 restrictions, and consulting public health officials. Fans will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination starting March 1 except in cases of league rules that require proof of vaccination for fans and personnel in close proximity to playing surfaces.

This policy will impact teams owned by MLSE including the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto Argonauts, Toronto FC and the Toronto Marlies.

Full and part-time employees will still be required to show proof of vaccination and their mask mandate will remain in place at venues.

The province of Ontario eased capacity restrictions for indoor venues, including sporting arenas, starting on Feb. 17 allowing 50 per cent capacity — and could lift the limits altogether on March 1, as long as public health and health system indicators continue to improve.

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