Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Gov. Cuomo Announces Revised Restrictions At NYC Ballparks


Yankee Stadium in 2019. It won't be long before it looks like that again. Photo by Jason Schott.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, during his coronavirus briefing on Wednesday morning, announced revised guidance for people attending Yankees games at Yankee Stadium and Mets games at Citi Field.

Flanked by Yankees President Randy Levine and Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson, Gov. Cuomo announced that vaccines will be available for fans attending games at both facilities, and that there will be sections in each park strictly for vaccinated people, which means capacity should increase exponentially over its current 20 percent level.

Fans who prevent proof of full vaccination following their final dose of the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be seated in sections where social distance measures will be eliminated.

For non-vaccinated fans, a 33-percent capacity rule starting on May 19 and six-foot distancing rules will remain in place.

One thing will stay the same for everyone coming to the ballpark - masks will be required for all fans regardless of vaccination status.

The teams are also offering free tickets to get vaccinated when you come to a game at the ballpark.

The Yankees released this statement after the major announcement: 

"We want to thank Governor Cuomo for his decision, which will allow more fans into Yankee Stadium and provide us additional opportunities to further encourage people to get vaccinated. We have been honored to host a vaccination site at Yankee Stadium over these last three months.

"If we can encourage more people to get vaccinated by giving away Yankees tickets, we're all in. So come to the ballpark, get vaccinated, and root for the Yankees!

"We also want to thank Mayor de Blasio, who also have his strong support for the program."

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