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Public to be allowed into Las Justas games, with exceptions

By The Star Staff

The island Health Department on Sunday confirmed that the vaccinated public can attend the Interuniversity Athletic League (LAI by its Spanish initials) tournament at the facilities where a university event is held. Some universities have chosen to maintain a stricter protocol, however.

“The requested and approved change is so that the public can enter a sports facility where an LAI event is held, as long as they are vaccinated,” LAI Commissioner Jorge O. Sosa told the universities participating in the university sports reactivation. “There are no exceptions with the public. If there is no evidence of complete vaccination, two doses, you cannot enter.”

The protocol requires that when arriving at a sports facility spectators and athletes alike will be checked that they have the certification of a complete vaccine and a mask. A body temperature measurement will be taken and individuals will be given hand disinfectant.

However, Sosa noted, “the only limitation to this protocol is that the local university has a more restrictive protocol than that of the LAI and does not allow the public to enter.”

In a referendum held by the LAI Commissioner’s Office, six institutions elected to continue to play without an audience. They are: Caribbean University, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, Ana G. Méndez University, the Ponce and Carolina campuses of the University of Puerto Rico and Pontifical Catholic University. Sacred Heart University (Universidad del Sagrado Corazón) will allow only the public from its student body reduced to 40 people.

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