14 fans kicked out of Raptors game at Scotiabank Arena for mask violation

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Fourteen fans were kicked out of Saturday night’s Raptors win over the Golden State Warriors after failing to follow masking protocols at Scotiabank Arena.

Twenty-five fans have received warnings regarding mask-wearing requirements, and more than half of those fans were eventually asked to leave the building, according to a spokesperson for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the parent company of the Raptors. .

MLSE announced last Wednesday “Operation Mask Up (or out),” an improved mask protocol within the site that “requires all participants to strictly adhere to all mask-wearing protocols or risk being ejected from the building.”

Fans should keep their noses, mouths and chin covered at all times in the Scotiabank Arena except when eating or drinking, according to the site’s website. The Raptors-Warriors game was the last game at Scotiabank Arena to offer concessions yet, after the Ontario government announced last Friday that food services would be closed during indoor events starting Sunday.

There were staff, dressed in bright green shirts emblazoned with the words “mask compliance,” on site Saturday at the Scotiabank Arena to make sure fans were following protocols. Those who didn’t were first given a warning, in the form of a yellow card, before being thrown out.

“You have been warned,” read the yellow card. “Masks should be worn at all times when you are not actively eating or drinking. Appropriate mask protocols require that your mask be put back on to cover your chin between actual acts of eating or drinking. A second infraction will result in expulsion from the room.

The card also included a space to record the section, row, and seat number of any non-mask compliant fan.

With the Raptors home game postponed Monday, the cards won’t be released until at least next Tuesday, when the Philadelphia 76ers are expected to surrender.

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