The University of Maine will require those attending home hockey and basketball events to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test in order to attend.

The policy takes effect on Friday when the women's hockey team hosts Connecticut at the Harold Alfond Sports Arena. The athletic department in its statement said that additional screenings could be put in place consisting of a symptom check and temperature scan at the discretion of the department.

Vaccination status can be shown via a vaccination card, a photocopy of a valid COVID-19 vaccination card, a photo of a valid COVID-19 vaccination card, or a UMaine PointNClick green confirmation screen.

The school will continue to require face coverings to be in place by students, staff, faculty, and visitors on campus at all UMaine Athletics sporting events regardless of vaccination status over the age of two before entering.

The policy will also be enforced at UMaine events held at the Cross Insurance Center, Cross Insurance Arena, and the Augusta Civic Center.

Mask wearing UNH Wildcat
Mask wearing UNH Wildcat (UNH)

UNH earlier announced a policy requiring masks to be worn at all indoor events at all athletic events. Both campuses also have a policy requiring masks to be worn at all indoor campus spaces including classrooms regardless of vaccination status.

A New Hampshire state law prohibits COVID-19 vaccinations from being required to use state facilities or receive services.

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