Updated United Center COVID-19 Rules: New Mask, Vaccine Policies In Effect

Written By Joe Boozell on February 28, 2022
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The COVID – 19 regulations have been relaxed by the city of Chicago, and the United Center is doing the same.

With that said, the home of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks will still have more stringent vaccine requirements than most of the city’s indoor venues.

Fans may manifest either proof of complete immunization or a negative COVID – 19 test in order to enter, effective immediately. This is a change from the previous some weeks, when only proof of full vaccination was acceptable.

The UC’s face scheme has also been updated. Instead of being required, as they have been throughout the entire year, they are now entirely recommended.

It’s important to note that interestingly, the mask policy wasn’t being enforced, and the majority of viewers have already stopped wearing masks. That is now the standard market policy, at least.

Illinois Governor A few weeks ago, JB Pritzker declared that the state & rsquo’s indoor mask ban would expire on Monday, February 28. There was never a mandate for provincial vaccinations.

Simply Chicago and Cook County were subject to a vaccine requirement. Beginning in 2022, it went into effect, and now that COVID-19 metrics are strongly declining, the city is loosening restrictions. Most domestic locations in Chicago won’t have vaccine requirements anymore, but businesses can keep the policy if they so choose.

The new rules also apply to Illinois casinos, which have had mask mandates for almost the entire pandemic save for a brief stint in summer 2021.

Madness from March is visiting the United Center

The new regulations will not only be applicable to Bulls and Blackhawks game, but also to March Madness.

Finally, Illinoisans will be able to bet on March Madness games being played in their home state online, as long as an Illinois team is not involved. The Midwest Regional, which is the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight, will take place at the United Center on March 25 and March 27.

By therefore, Illinois will also be able to register for online sports betting. On March 5, in-person membership will end, opening the door for what should be a strong quarter for the IL sports betting industry.

The United Center will soon see wholesale bets as well.

At the United Center, there is not already a financial casino. That will, but, shift in the upcoming years.

FanDuel and the UC announced a partnership earlier this year that will bring a sportsbook to the arena. It should be the second of its kind in the city, as Wrigley Field and DraftKings are on track to open up first.

Watch out for that FanDuel United Center sportsbook to open in time for the basketball and hockey seasons in 2023 – 2024.

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Boozell, Joe has also been a college sports writer for NCAA.com since 2015. His work has also appeared in Bleacher Report, FoxSports.com and NBA.com. Growing up, Boozell squared off against both Anthony Davis and Frank Kaminsky in the Chicagoland basketball scene … you can imagine how that went.

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