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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — All fans over the age of 12 attending Iona volleyball and men’s water polo home matches this Fall will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination upon entry to the Hynes Center.

All spectators will be required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. Children under 12 must remain masked at all times within the athletic venue and be accompanied by a vaccinated adult.

Attendees will also be required to fill out an online spectator screening form prior to arrival and will be asked to provide identification along with proof of vaccination.

“We look forward to safely welcoming Gael Nation back to the Hynes Center,” said Director of Athletics Matthew Glovaski. “Throughout the entirety of the COVID-19 pandemic, our highest priority has been protecting the health and safety of our fans, student-athletes, coaches and staff. This vaccination requirement for fan attendance at home games, especially with the recent increase in cases related to the Delta variant, is an important part of these efforts. We remain attentive to the trends on a daily basis, and will make updates to Iona’s policies when appropriate.”

Full vaccination is achieved two weeks following a person’s second dose of a two-dose vaccine series such as Pfizer and Moderna, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen. Processes through which fans will be able to show their vaccination status will be communicated at a later date.

Iona men’s water polo will have its first home match on Friday, September 17, when Connecticut College visits the Hynes Center Pool.

Iona Athletics may operate certain facilities with capacity limits at its discretion throughout the fall. Vaccination requirements for attendance at other upcoming indoor events in the Hynes Center will be announced in the coming weeks.

For Iona’s outdoor home events on campus, including men’s and women’s soccer, social distancing in the venue and masks are encouraged, but not required.

Release courtesy Iona College Athletics Communications

Collegiate Water Polo Association