Northeastern announces COVID-19 requirements for family weekend, in-arena athletic events


Samantha Barry

Northeastern announced new guidance on vaccination requirements for Family and Friends Weekend and in-arena sports events Oct. 15.

Sarah Barber, news staff

Northeastern released new COVID-19 requirements for those attending family weekend and athletic events, at both Matthews Arena and the Cabot Center, on Friday, Oct. 15. 

In an email from the Office of Student Orientation and Family Programs regarding the upcoming family weekend, Oct. 22-24, the university announced all registered guests age 12 or older must either show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result from 72 hours prior to their arrival on campus. 

Masks, completely covering the nose and mouth, will also be required for all participants of family weekend, both indoors, in compliance with Northeastern and Boston regulations, as well as outdoors. 

The email included how these new requirements for family weekend will be enforced:

“Verification of documentation will take place at Family & Friends Check-in, in the Curry Student Center Indoor Quad,” the email read. “Once verified, all guests will receive a wristband that must be worn in order to access scheduled indoor sessions, sporting events and dining halls.”

Should anyone no longer wish to attend family weekend because of these requirements, their ticket will be refunded, as long as their request is submitted in writing to [email protected] by 5 p.m. EST Wednesday Oct. 20. 

These updated requirements were released in conjunction with updated requirements for indoor athletic event attendance, in an article by Northeastern University Athletics.

Beginning on Oct. 16, Northeastern Athletics will require any fans attending indoor, in-person events to show proof of full vaccination and a photo ID with the name matching on both documents. If a fan is unable to access their vaccine card or is unvaccinated, they must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test from at most 72 hours prior to the event. Masks will continue to be required for all fans above two years of age, unless the individual is actively eating or drinking. 

“Policies will continue to be reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis in collaboration with University and public health officials,” the Northeastern University Athletics article read. “This policy does not apply to outdoor athletic events (baseball, men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s rowing or men’s and women’s soccer).”

Northeastern fans that fail to adhere to the policies for indoor athletic events may suffer disciplinary action, including removal from the venue in which the event is occurring.