Fans attending UConn home sporting events, including games at the XL Center in Hartford and the on-campus Gampel Pavilion, no longer need to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results for entry, according to a policy change announced Thursday by the university.

Additionally, fans at home sporting events at all facilities are no longer required to wear masks.

The changes come into effect on Friday.

UConn began requiring fans attending home sporting events to show proof of vaccination or a negative test, carried out within 72 hours, on January 15.

As part of the reasoning for the changes announced Thursday, the university cited low positive rates and high vaccination rates on campus, low positivity rates in the state and seven of Connecticut’s eight counties being classified as “at low risk” by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, the state no longer requires masks to enter state buildings.

UConn’s mask-wearing policy has changed from mandatory to recommended in most campus settings. Masking will remain mandatory in all teaching environments (classrooms, labs, studios, rehearsal rooms, clinics) until at least April 1, when the policy will be reassessed.

“While this change means that masks will not be required in most settings, the university still recommends wearing them on our campuses,” UConn’s announcement reads. “We also strongly encourage everyone in the UConn community to continue to be flexible and courteous when it comes to masking. Please always carry a mask with you in case you are asked to wear it in certain close settings, such as one-on-one or small group meetings. Community members will be at different stages of comfort with mask-wearing and we want to be respectful of others. »

The UConn men’s basketball team plays its last regular Saturday at the Gampel Pavilion against DePaul.

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