Sharks, SAP Center to enforce new COVID requirements for kids this week

SAN JOSE – Starting Thursday, kids ages five to 11 will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have proof of a negative test no more than 72 hours old to attend Sharks or Barracuda games, or any other event at SAP Center. Children ages 3-4 will require proof of a negative test.

The mandate by the State of California and City of San Jose on mega-events had been in effect since Nov. 18, but this is the first week the directive will be enforced.

The Sharks have 30 home dates left after Tuesday’s game with the Calgary Flames, starting with games against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday and Joe Pavelski and the Dallas Stars on Saturday. Both games are at 7:30 p.m.

The Barracuda, with Evander Kane, play the Abbotsford Canucks on Saturday and Sunday at 1:15 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

Arena guests ages 12 and older are still required to show proof of full vaccination upon entry. Vaccines are not yet available to 3- and 4-year-olds in California, so those children will have to show proof of a negative test within the last 72 hours.

The requirements will remain until state and local health and safety guidance is revised.

Mega-events are defined by the state as being crowds of 1,000 or more indoors and crowds greater than 10,000 outdoors.

Sharks Sports & Entertainment will have free on-site COVID-19 testing at SAP Center. Tests will begin approximately one hour before doors are scheduled to open on the day of the event. For 7:30 p.m. games, for example, testing will be available starting at 5:30 p.m.

The Sharks recommend guests ages 3-11 receive a negative COVID test result prior to arrival. The negative test needs to be within 72 hours of the event.

People ages 14 and older must provide physical proof of vaccination status at the facility, either through a physical CDC vaccination card or a digital vaccine record. The Sharks recommend that guests create a health pass on the CLEAR app for shorter wait times to get into the building.

Adults or guardians with minors that are 12 or 13 years old will be required to provide physical proof of the minor’s vaccination status at the facility.

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