Yankees and Mets will have 'vaccinated' and 'unvaccinated' sections in their stadiums starting May 19
The possibility of getting vaccinated at the stadium the same day you go to see a game and also receive free tickets to another game is part of the new incentives to be immunized that the Yankees and Mets baseball teams will give their fans as of 19 May. But if that were not enough, those who are already fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will have the possibility of sitting in special sections in which they will not have to maintain social distancing.
These new measures are part of a series of rules announced Wednesday by Governor Andrew Cuomo to massively increase the capacity of outdoor venues, in which fully vaccinated attendees can sit next to each other, instead of 6 feet apart, in sections designated only for fully immunized people.
In order to be in this section, they must provide proof of complete vaccination status, which can be demonstrated through a paper form, a digital receipt, or the 'Excelsior Pass' of the State.
"For the reopening of baseball on May 19 we will have two categories, but not Yankees and Mets, but vaccinated and not vaccinated," said Cuomo, adding that for the vaccinated "there will be full capacity, normal chairs, sitting next to each other in the same section, although they will have to keep wearing masks. For those not vaccinated, the social distancing measure will continue to apply, in addition to the use of masks, and the capacity in that section will only be 33%”.
And in justifying the new rules Cuomo explained: “This is achieved because our state's positivity and hospitalization rates continue to fall and more people are getting vaccinated, so now is the time to readjust our reopening based on science and data.”
The new measures will apply to outdoor sports, performing arts and live entertainment, and horse and auto racing venues throughout the state. Appropriate social distancing, masks, and other applicable health protocols will continue to be applied, authorities said.
Beginning June 19, the State will initiate a series of pilot tests to reduce social distancing in these large-scale outdoor venues, allowing teens and children under the age of 16 who are not yet eligible for the injection can accompany and sit with a vaccinated adult in a fully vaccinated section.
You can get free tickets when you get vaccinated
Insisting that the State will continue efforts to vaccinate as many New Yorkers as possible, Cuomo also announced that the State Department of Health will partner with the Yankees and Mets to offer COVID-19 vaccines to game goers on the same day, and whoever is injected will receive free tickets to return to Yankee Stadium or Citi Field.
"It is convenient to get vaccinated because it goes there anyway, and thanks to the generosity of the teams, it will also receive free tickets for Yankees and Mets games," exclaimed the president, ensuring that this combination is considered a "home run for New York".
The Yankees will offer ticket coupons to the first 1,000 fans to receive their COVID-19 vaccine on each full day of vaccination operations and to the first 700 fans on each half-day of vaccination operations from May 7 through June 6. Ticket coupons can be redeemed for two seats for select 2021 or 2022 regular-season games, subject to availability.
The city is getting ready to reopen 100% on July 1
Everything will reopen at 100% capacity on July 1: Restaurants and bars, shops, small businesses, beauty salons, barbershops, gyms, exercise studios, arenas, stadiums, theaters, concert venues, and museums.
De Blasio said that this will be possible if everything continues well with the vaccination and a good protocol, “We are doing a lot to reach people in their communities and elsewhere. And I love this part. For example, the American Museum of Natural History is providing free vaccinations under the blue whale."
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