MLSE says proof of vaccination or negative COVID test needed for access

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TORONTO — Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment says those looking to access its sports facilities or restaurants will be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result.

The Toronto-based company said in a release Tuesday that new health and safety protocols will go into effect in mid-September and will apply to employees, event staff and guests.

MLSE owns the NHL’s Maple Leafs, NBA’s Raptors, CFL’s Argonauts and Toronto FC of MLS, among other teams.

It also owns Scotiabank Arena, the home of the Leafs and Raptors, the Raptors’ OVO practice facility and Maple Leaf Square, a development beside Scotiabank Arena that includes retail space and restaurants.

MLSE operates BMO Field, the home of the Argonauts and Toronto FC, and Ricoh Coliseum, the home of the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies. Both facilities, located at Exhibition Place, are owned by the City of Toronto.

The company said details and dates on the implementation of the new protocols will be provided in the coming weeks.

MLSE’s statement comes a week after True North Sports and Entertainment, owner of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets, said proof of full vaccination will be required to access its venues.