Princeton University lifts limit on fans for indoor athletics competitions


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Princeton University Athletics is no longer limiting spectators who can attend indoor athletic contests.

Before Princeton Athletics lifted the limit on spectators as of Feb. 1, students, faculty and staff who fully complied with the university’s COVID-19 protocols were only able to attend indoor athletic competition contests from Jan. 6-31.

The policy in January arrived as Princeton and other municipalities across the state dealt with a significant surge of COVID-19 cases and the Omicron variant following New Year’s Eve.

Now those seeking to attended Princeton indoor athletic competitions age 5 and up, who are COVID-19 vaccine eligible, will have to be vaccinated to watch in person and show proof that they have been vaccinated.

The adults will have to show a valid government photo ID or school issued photo ID.

Athletics is also no longer requiring that spectators complete a COVID-19 Attestation Form on the Princeton Athletics App and they view acceptable vaccination proof as a physical vaccination card, a photo of your vaccination card or a digital vaccine record, according to Princeton Athletics.

Only showing negative COVID-19 tests or also having a vaccination waiver will not be enough to gain entry to view an indoor athletic event. If someone were to show these they would not be able to watch the contest in person.

When attending indoor athletic events masks will be mandatory for fans, staff and media.

At this time, even though children below age 5 do not have to be vaccinated, they too must comply the university’s masking requirements for indoor athletics competitions.

Additionally, the selling of refreshments currently is not available at indoor athletics events at this time and fans are not allowed to bring outside food into university venues, according to Princeton Athletics.

Other Ivy League universities have also returned spectators for all indoor sports or changed COVID-19 spectator policies.

The University of Pennsylvania also announced the return of spectators, which also began on Feb. 1. The university is also requiring individuals age 12 and up to show proof of vaccination to enter their facilities.

Harvard University on Jan. 25 welcomed back fans for indoor athletic events. Harvard has stated that negative COVID-19 tests will not be sufficient to enter and watch in-person Crimson athletics indoor competition.

Yale University will only be allowing fully-vaccinated graduate and professional students, faculty and staff to attend indoor athletic games from Jan. 17 until Feb. 21. Yale students will be allowed come Feb. 7. Outside guests and visitors are not being permitted to attend indoor athletic events at this time, according to the university.

Columbia University Athletics limited indoor home athletic, which began on Jan. 22. Spectators must comply with the university’s masking policy. A limited number of guests of the student-athletes and coaches will be allowed on a pass list, according to Columbia Athletics.

Brown University has welcomed back spectators to its home indoor athletic events. People seeking to attend must follow the university’s COVID-19 Safety Policy.

The Dartmouth Athletic Department had Dartmouth students, faculty and staff permitted to attend indoor athletic events. Those who were guests and visitors were only allowed to attend through a team pass for parents and personal guest of players and coaches. The policy had gone into effect on Jan. 18 will extend through Feb. 1.