Langford’s Pacific Football Club will implement a proof-of-vaccination mandate for fans attending its home games, becoming the last of the Canadian Premier League teams to do so.
In a statement, Pacific FC said it and the City of Langford recognized that Starlight Stadium is an outdoor stadium, which doesn’t qualify as a venue requiring proof-of-vaccination under the province’s new vaccine card program.
Despite that, the team said “maintaning social distancing is not feasible and as the number of cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, we have a duty of care to our community.”
Please see attached Pacific Football Club’s Covid-19 Protocol, effective next home game. pic.twitter.com/Ce6W0jQJfo
— Pacific FC (@Pacificfccpl) September 27, 2021
Effective at the club’s next home game, Oct. 16 versus Valour FC, anyone entering the stadium who is 19 or over will be required to show proof of receiving at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine along with picture ID.
As of Oct. 31, fans will have to prove they’ve had two doses of vaccine through their provincial vaccine card before they’re allowed to enter the stadium.
Masks remain mandatory for all indoor areas of the stadium, including washroom facilities and suites.
Pacific FC follows other teams in the league that have ushered in mandatory vaccination requirements for fans, like Valour FC in Winnipeg, while FC Edmonton requires proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
The team is currently first in the Canadian Premier League with 36 points.