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SOU to require proof of vaccination for attendees

ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon University athletic department has instituted a new policy for all Raider home events, effective immediately, requiring fans 12 and older to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test upon entry.

The policy was prompted by a recent surge in local COVID-19 cases that has resulted in a distressed healthcare system. It applies to both indoor and outdoor events. Per state mandate, masks are also required regardless of vaccination status.

Photo IDs must be presented along with proof of vaccination or negative tests results, which will be valid only if the test is taken within 48 hours prior to entry of any athletic event.

Those with questions can contact SOUtickets@sou.edu.

Proof of vaccine requirement

Proof of vaccination is required for anyone 12 and older to attend all sporting events. Fans must have their vaccine card (or a clear photo of their vaccine card on their phone) and photo ID at the entrance to all SOU home events. Those who do not meet the vaccination requirement and have purchased tickets online will get a full refund.

Vaccination is defined as:

— 2 weeks after a second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or

— 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

— Negative Test: If an attendee is unable to show proof of vaccination they may provide proof of negative test result taken within 48 hours prior to entry and photo ID. We will not accept at-home self-administered test results - only those from a doctor’s office, urgent care provider, or pharmacy. This allowance may change in the future.

Masks

In accordance with state of Oregon and SOU policy, masks will still be mandatory at all indoor and outdoor events for all non-participants.

Football game info

Those who have previously purchased football game tickets will get an email with the updated Vaccine Requirement, including directions on how to get refunded for tickets purchased if they are not going to use them.

Tailgate

The SOU-sponsored tailgate area at games will be closed through the month of September. Those who purchased tailgate season passes will get an email and get fully refunded. We will re-evaluate opening the tailgate area again for games in October and beyond.

The concession stand and beer garden inside Raider Stadium will be open and available.

Volleyball and soccer info

Those who have previously purchased volleyball and soccer tickets online will receive an email with the updated Vaccine Requirement, including directions on how to get refunded for tickets purchased if they are not going to use them.

Frequently asked questions

— How do I show proof of being fully vaccinated?

The department will accept your paper vaccination card or phone image copy. An ID must be shown with it for verification.

— What if I forget my proof of vaccination or negative test result?

If you forget your proof of vaccination or negative test result, you will not be permitted into Raider Stadium or Lithia Motors Pavilion.

— How do I show proof of a negative COVID test result?

The department will not accept at-home self-administered test results, only those from a doctor’s office, urgent care provider, or pharmacy. This may be displayed on your phone or hard copy, along with a photo ID.

— What if I already had COVID?

You must still show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result prior to being admitted into Raider Stadium or Lithia Motors Pavilion.

— Will I still have to wear a mask if I am fully vaccinated and/or if I have shown proof of a negative test result?

Per state mandate, all attendees must be masked except when consuming food or drink at both indoor and outdoor events.

Danny Penza/Mail Tribune Southern Oregon University announced Wednesday it will require spectators 12 and older to show proof of vaccination or negative test at all home events, including Lithia Motors Pavilion.