LAS CRUCES – The state of New Mexico does not require fans to have a vaccination certificate or COVID-19 negative test to attend games and events at the Pan American Center, NMSU sports director Mario Moccia told Sun News.
The news comes days after the University of New Mexico announced that it would require either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to play home games and events at The Pit, UNM’s home arena, during the outbreak of the new Omicron variant all over New Mexico, and the USA
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“At this time, there will be no changes to how you can participate in games or events at the Pan American Center,” said Moccia. “But we will continue to monitor the situation.”
Moccia said university members had a “robust discussion” of various options, but did not disclose what specific options the NMSU was discussing. He said the university’s meeting on COVID-19 protocols has been “an ongoing meeting for months now.”
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“Nowadays I don’t know if there is a ‘distant future’. It can go from week to week, but I think this thing is pretty clear. We will monitor the situation, “said Moccia.” If there is a need to do something else, I am sure the group and those in power will do it, but nothing is forever. “
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Moccia has not issued an edict to student-athletes leaving campus over the Christmas holidays, he said, but added that he had met with the various NMSU sports coaches and said they had emphasized the safety of the players. The majority of student athletes and coaches at NMSU are fully vaccinated.
Men’s head basketball coach Chris Jans missed two games on the COVID-19 logs earlier this season, and head volleyball coach Mike Jordan missed out on time during the season after testing positive.
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Stephen Wagner is a sports reporter for Las Cruces Sun-News. He can be found on Twitter at @ stephenwag22 and can be reached at [email protected]