Utah Jazz fans won’t be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test at Vivint Arena

Certain arena concerts may still have restrictions, but Smith Entertainment Group will stop enforcing pandemic safety measures

(Briana Scroggins | Special to The Tribune) Utah Jazz fans line up outside of Vivint Smart Home Arena before the Jazz play the Memphis Grizzlies in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

The Smith Entertainment Group — the owners of the Utah Jazz and downtown Salt Lake City’s Vivint Arena — announced on Tuesday that they would no longer require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in order to attend Jazz games.

The policy will take effect on Feb. 25, the Jazz’s next home game.

As they have been all season, masks will be recommended, but not required for most of the arena. The exception is those seats within close proximity to the playing court, where masks will still be required by NBA league policy.

Certain arena concerts or events may still require vaccination or a negative test — the arena’s website has more details on which specific events will still require the mask.

The announcement came as the state legislature debated Utah House Bill 60, which seeks to ban “immunity status” checks by businesses for employees or to enter places of public accommodation.

The Jazz had sold out every game of the 2021-22 season in which the check had been in place, for a full arena capacity of 18,306.