Starting in December, attendees to Oklahoma City Thunder games will no longer be expected to present evidence of COVID-19 vaccinations or testing.
Thunder officials announced that the mandatory vaccination requirement would cease to apply from Dec. 1, — a date Thunder faces Houston in a game.
Earlier procedures to begin the season saw Thunder require fans to provide proof of their vaccination status or a negative COVID-19 test.
However, after discussions with local health officials, the team officials decided to drop that requirement.
The Thunder stated in a news release that the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported that the proportion of county residents over 12 years of age or older who had received a full or partial vaccination had increased to 85% since the team unveiled its vaccination protocols in September.
COVID-19 cases have also declined about 60% statewide, and hospitalizations have decreased at similar rates, according to the release.
[The] “Thunder fans who have come to the first 10 home games at Paycom Center have been tremendous in their support of our health and safety protocols,” Thunder officials stated in a news release.
“We are grateful for their adherence to our policies designed to help keep our community safe.”
By the end of November 2, the Thunder’s two remaining home games will require proof of vaccination or testing for COVID-19. On Nov. 24, Oklahoma City will face the Utah Jazz at home, while on Nov. 26 the Team will face the Washington Wizards.
Team officials said, as of now, there will not be any change to required vaccinations or testing for those sitting in courtside seats, — these requirements are determined by the NBA.