COVID-19 policy changes for kids at Warriors, Sharks games

An exterior view of the Chase Center before the Golden State Warriors game against the Los Angeles Lakers on October 05, 2019 in San Francisco, California.
An exterior view of the Chase Center before the Golden State Warriors game against the Los Angeles Lakers on October 05, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Photo credit Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Two major Bay Area sports teams' venues have updated their COVID-19 vaccine policies to reflect state and county health orders.

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Chase Center, the home of the Golden State Warriors, now allows entry to attendees between age five to 11 who either show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours of an event. The policy previously required patrons age 12 and under to show a negative COVID test regardless of vaccination status. Kids age two to four still must provide a negative test, along with those five to 11 who are unvaccinated.

The updated policy went into effect for Monday night's game against the Orlando Magic.

Meanwhile, the San Jose Sharks' home arena "The SAP Center" now requires guests from age three to 11 to show either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event. Their previous policy remains intact, which mandates proof of vaccine for all patrons age 12 and older, with no option to show a negative test instead.

The first event impacted will be the Sharks’ December 9 game against the Minnesota Wild.