By WCCO-TV Staff

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The University of Minnesota announced Friday a temporary vaccination policy for indoor sporting events Friday.

The university says it will require all attendees, age 5 or older, at indoor events with 200 or more people to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours.

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The policy applies to tennis, swimming and diving, track and field, women’s and men’s basketball and hockey games.

The temporary policy will begin on Jan.26 and will end Feb.9.

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The first scheduled event with the policy in effect will be Minnesota’s home men’s basketball game against Ohio State on Jan. 27.

The average positivity rate hit 21.6% in the latest update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

In the last two weeks, cases in the state have tripled due to the highly contagious Omicron variant.

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Due to the COVID surge, mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis instituted a vaccine mandate for any business which serves food and drink, including restaurants, bars, and sports venues. The order goes into effect on Wednesday.