We’re one month away from when Oilers fans will once again be allowed into Rogers Place.
Aside from admission, anyone who is not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours to enter.
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This is something you will need to get from a pharmacy or private lab and it doesn’t come cheap.
“The antigen and antibody tests cost $ 75 plus GST, then the PCR test – if you’re traveling to another country – costs $ 175,” said Gen Moen, licensed pharmacy technician at The Medicine Shoppe.
DynaLIFE charges $ 150 for its PCR test.
It may take up to 48 hours for a result. The Medicine Shoppe offers an urgent option but it’s double the cost.
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The Oilers Entertainment group has not yet specified which test it will accept. He said the team is evaluating the best options for fans and details will come before the start of the season.
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Fans who attend Oilers games at Rogers Place must provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test
At $ 75, the antigen test might be the test of choice for events like concerts or hockey games.
“It’s more cost effective and you get results immediately within an hour of being emailed to your phone,” Moen said.
Moen said the pharmacy is already testing and expects these changes to boost demand significantly.
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Professor of law and health policy Lorian Hardcastle said the requirements could also increase vaccination rates.
“If there are just some hesitant and not opposed to the vaccine, I think a lot of people would go for the vaccine over the expensive and inconvenient tests.”
Hardcastle said that with sports organizations and live event groups not wanting to be associated with outbreaks, Alberta could see more rules in place.
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