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Posted on: September 28, 2021

Updated Health and Safety Requirements for City-Owned Event Facilities

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The City of Portland announced today an update to its safety protocols for events at its indoor facilities due to the rise of the highly contagious Delta variant across the state and nation. These changes will go in effect on October 4, 2021 and will continue to be reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis.  

The updated protocols, developed by the City’s Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department, continues to keep the safety of all guests, staff, performers, athletes, vendors, and volunteers as the top priority, and applies to events at City-owned and operated indoor facilities including Merrill Auditorium, the James A. Banks Sr. Portland Exposition Building, and Ocean Gateway. 

For all publicly attended events (open to the general public or ticketed) all attendees age 12 and over will be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or provide printed proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours prior to the event start time or a negative rapid test within 12 hours prior to the event start time. A photo-ID will also be required. 

Additionally, face masks are required for all attendees over two years of age, and are to be worn at all times while in the facilities, unless actively eating or drinking.

Accepted proof of vaccination includes the original vaccination card, a printed copy of the vaccination card, or a digital photograph of the vaccination card. The final dose of the vaccine must have been administered 14-days prior to event start time.

Accepted proof of negative test includes a printed or digital copy of negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours prior to the event start time, or a printed or digital copy of negative COVID-19 rapid test within 12 hours prior to the event start time. Tests must be from an authorized provider, at home test results will not be accepted.

Photo ID must be the physical card, no photocopies will be accepted. State, Government, or School issued ID cards will be accepted. Children under 12 years of age do not have to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or proof of negative COVID-19 test, but they are required to wear a face mask.  

Some events may require additional health and safety protocols, depending on requests from the artist, event organizer, promoter, or league. Please inquire with specific ticket providers, event organizers, promoters, and teams to review any additional requirements.  The City is currently not accepting proof of vaccination through mobile or third party apps.


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