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City Issues Protocols to Keep Tournament of Roses Events Safe

Published on Monday, October 18, 2021 | 6:30 pm
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The city’s health department released to the Tournament of Roses a list of protocols for the Tournament of Roses Jan. 1 events.

Last year the parade was canceled for the first time since World War II due to the pandemic, and the annual Rose Bowl Game was moved to Texas which sparked a controversy that has left the relationship between the tournament and the city badly damaged.

“Vaccination is strongly recommended for all individuals, and should be a requirement for performance in the parade since masking will not be required during the performance,” according to the protocols. “Vaccination is the safest and most effective way to protect ToR staff, volunteers, and participants, their families, and the broader community from illness, hospitalization and death.”

Vaccination is also strongly recommended as a requirement for participation in all events, including the Hall of Fame Lunch, Parent Kick-off, Tailgate Reception, Gala/President’s Ball, etc. At a minimum, proof of a negative test within 72 hours should be required of unvaccinated individuals.

According to the document, the parade and the game health pose a uniquely high COVID-19 risk to the people who will be present because of the number of people who will be coming together from all over the country during a high travel holiday season.

“We anticipate that we will have to follow stricter guidelines for the upcoming mass events,” the tournament said in a statement. “We are working with the city of Pasadena’s Department of Public Health and intend to share more complete and detailed guidelines in the coming weeks.”

“We already know that as the host of three mega events – the Rose Parade, the Rose Bowl Game and Floatfest – the Tournament believes that vaccinations are the key to returning to mass events, like our iconic New Year’s Day celebrations, and we believe we have a responsibility to encourage vaccinations.”

“The Pasadena Police Department manages security along the parade route and we will continue to work with them as they finalize plans for this year’s Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game.”

Masks are required for all participants participating in the parade in cars, on floats, on horses, on other vehicles, and on foot, except when actively performing in the parade. Masks are required during times of idling within formation and disbanding zones, unless actively eating/drinking.

The Rose Bowl Game is considered an outdoor mega event. Local orders require event organizers to provide masks to those who do not have one, and to remind people through various methods that masks are required.

Everyone must wear a mask except when actively playing in the game, actively playing instruments, or(cheerleading.

Patrons must wear a mask except when drinking or eating.

Masks are also strongly recommended while entering and exiting the venue because of crowding and mixing and because people will not be able to physically distance.

Patrons must show proof of vaccination or negative test within 72 hours as a condition of entry, except those 11 or younger. Individuals verifying vaccine or test documents must crosscheck documents with a photo ID for patrons 18 years or older.

Last week, the Doo Dah Parade was cancelled.

The document added that the Tournament of Roses is well-positioned to take measures that could significantly help protect our community while conducting such a significant series of events, including three outdoor mega events. according to the protocols.

“The ToR must take steps to reduce the risk of an outbreak occurring among staff, volunteers, and participants,” the protocols read.

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