The Grizzlies are dropping the need for proof of vaccination and proof of negative COVID-19 testing for fans beginning with their next home game, the team announced in a press release.
While fans will no longer need to provide evidence of vaccination or negative tests, the Grizzlies are still encouraging mask-wearing while inside FedExForum. Masks, however, will no longer be a requirement.
“This change in policy will be re-evaluated on or before January 7, 2022, with updates provided accordingly,” the team release read. “Fans seated within 15 feet of the court at Grizzlies games remain subject to additional NBA guidelines previously in place. Any changes to those guidelines will be communicated directly to them.”
The Grizzlies also announced that staff members working inside the arena will still be required to wear masks.
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“Consistent with CDC guidelines, masks remain highly encouraged for all fans in attendance but are no longer required for children or adults,” the release read. “Working staff for all events at FedExForum, including Grizzlies games, will continue wearing masks for the foreseeable future.”
The same restrictions have been dropped for fans attending University of Memphis basketball games held at FedExForum.
The Grizzlies (8-7) return home to face the Raptors on Wednesday. The changes go into effect immediately.