The Toronto Blue Jays say those who wish to enter Rogers Center will need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test starting September 13.
The Blue Jays announced the change in their health and safety protocols on Monday before releasing tickets for their final batch of home games later in the week.
Fans aged 12 and over and all staff will be required to follow the new protocols. Fans aged 11 and under are not required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result when accompanied by a parent or guardian who qualifies for entry.
After being based in the United States for the entire 2020 season and the first three months of 2021 after the global pandemic resulted in restrictions on the Canada-U.S. Border, the Blue Jays returned to Rogers Center on July 30.
Toronto has 10 home games remaining until the new protocols take effect, starting Monday with the opening game of a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox.
The new requirements will begin when the Jays begin a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 13.
Additional protocols will be enforced with existing measures, including mandatory face coverings for fans aged two and over, except when actively eating or drinking in designated seats or in physically remote areas.
The Blue Jays announcement comes nearly a week after Toronto-based Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, owner of the NHL Maple Leafs, NBA Raptors, CFL Argonauts and Major League Toronto FC Soccer, among other teams, has said it will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for entry to its facilities. These protocols will also come into effect in mid-September.