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The Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Pennsylvania announced that sporting events will continue without public spectators until further notice.

Credit: Sukhmani Kaur

Penn Athletics will be restricting public spectators for all athletic events beginning Dec. 31 until further notice.

Winter sports competition will continue behind closed doors as Penn responds to rising COVID-19 cases in Philadelphia as well as across collegiate sports.

Penn and visiting teams will be permitted a limited number of guests in compliance to several guidelines, and attendees will be allowed entrance according to a pass list.

Permitted attendees of athletic events will be required to show proof of vaccination as well as utilization of PennOpen Pass. Exemptions, or proof of negative test results in lieu of proof of vaccination, will not be allowed.

With recent COVID-19 positivity rates in Philadelphia striking pandemic-wide highs, Penn's measures to mitigate the spread follow nationwide cancellations of collegiate athletic competition, as well as adapted move-in schedules by many schools over concerns of the growing COVID-19 spread.