Football fans in Edmonton being offered pre-kickoff rapid tests screening for COVID-19

© Jason Franson/The Canadian Press The Edmonton Elks are offering rapid tests at Commonwealth Stadium leading up to its Saturday game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

With new Alberta health restrictions in place, Edmonton’s professional football team is offering a new service Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium: a rapid test for COVID-19 that, along with a ticket, would be necessary for some fans to attend the game.

The Edmonton Elks partnered with Canada Research Laboratories to set up a mobile testing unit at the stadium from 10 a.m. until 7:45 p.m. when the game between the Elks and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers gets underway.

The cost of the test is $50 and results will be available within 15 minutes from a mobile testing unit

Following the Alberta government’s Wednesday announcement of new health restrictions — as well as its passport-styled restriction exemption program — the team announced that all fans over the age of 12 must show proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or a negative test result from the previous 72 hours.

The team’s previously announced COVID-19 plan — that fans must be fully vaccinated or provide proof of a negative test done with 48 hours of game time — will still come into effect on Oct. 15.

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