Call of Duty League organizers have announced that attendees will need to be fully vaccinated and wear masks.
The COVID-19 vaccines have generated some controversies, with allegations of people still getting sick or spreading the virus, and local and world governments insisting on the same lockdown measures as if a person was not vaccinated. While that debate rages on, Activision and the organizers of the Call of Duty league are not taking any chances.
Due to the rising COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County and elsewhere in the US, all attendees must show proof of vaccination (“full doses of approved vaccines at least 14 days prior to the event”), or a negative PCR or antigen test (from within 72 hours of the day of attendance). Refunds may be requested by those who cannot provide proof of either.
In addition, attendees must “wear a mask at all times during the event, regardless of vaccination status.” This is in accordance with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health order. That order demands masks on all individuals two or older in any indoor setting (bar when eating or drinking, or medical exception).
Call of Duty League organizers also asked certain attendees not come to the event; such as those who have tested positive or exposed to someone 14 days before arriving, been to any territory that is “subject to travel or quarantine advisories” 14 days before arriving, or shown symptoms 48 hours before arriving.
“Finally, please take note that there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present,” organizers warn. “This risk exists despite the health and safety measures that Call of Duty League is instituting to help protect fans, players, staff, and others who attend the event.”
The Call of Duty League Championship Weekend 2021 runs August 19th to 22nd at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California, and via YouTube. Eight teams will compete for $1.2 million USD.