Professional sports teams in Manitoba are mixed on masks.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will continue to require the use of face coverings in indoor locations at IG Field, after the provincial mandate lifts Saturday.
“Our current approved plan by Manitoba public health for IG Field requires masks (in those areas),” senior director of public and player relations Darren Cameron said in an email. “Should the plan change, we will provide an update at that time to our fans.”
The Bombers play host to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Thursday.
The first home game after the new public health orders come into effect is Aug. 13, against the Toronto Argonauts.
Meanwhile, the Winnipeg Goldeyes are axing the indoor mask requirement.
“Masks will no longer be required for indoor spaces for fans, but will still be encouraged,” said Steve Schuster, Goldeyes broadcast and account executive.
“Masks will still be required for staff at this time, but (that) may be reviewed in the coming weeks.”
A Free Press reporter observed few fans wearing masks in the Shaw Park stands at Tuesday’s home game against the Sioux City Explorers.
The Goldeyes’ first home game after the new public health orders come into effect is Saturday evening, against the Milwaukee Milkmen.
The Winnipeg Jets’ 2021-22 season opens on the road Oct. 14, against the Anaheim Ducks. At this point, the local NHL team hasn’t made a decision on masks in its arena. The Jets’ first regular-season home game is Oct. 21, against the Ducks.
“There will likely be new health orders that provide greater direction leading up to the season,” True North Sports and Entertainment Ltd. communications vice-president Rob Wozny said in an email.
“Until then, we’ll continue to work with health authorities, get input from our stakeholders, and monitor the necessary data and research.”
Erik Pindera is a multimedia producer at the Winnipeg Free Press.