Friday night Oregon and Oregon State announced they would require proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test to be able to attend games. The two schools are the first members of a Power 5 Conference to implement such measures, though Hawaii and Tulane instituted similar rules earlier this week.
As Covid-19 numbers continue to surge both in Oregon and nationwide, the state government has begun to reinstitute pandemic restrictions. The state of Oregon has averaged over 2,000 new cases of the virus a day in the past week, with the Delta variant now accounting for most cases.
Mask requirements are already returning to restaurants and other gathering places, so restrictions on sporting events are unsurprising. Oregon State already requires students and employees to be vaccinated or to have a waiver of exemption.
The Beavers season starts September 4th with a trip to Purdue, and their first home game will be September 11th against Hawaii. The Ducks also get started September 4th, when they’ll host Fresno State.