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New York Mets/Yankees will allow 20 percent capacity

Ed Townsend
Posted 3/23/21

A limited number of fans will be in the stands when the New York Mets and New York Yankees open their seasons.

Fans will need to show proof of a recent negative test or proof of a Covid-19 …

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New York Mets/Yankees will allow 20 percent capacity

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A limited number of fans will be in the stands when the New York Mets and New York Yankees open their seasons.

Fans will need to show proof of a recent negative test or proof of a Covid-19 vaccination.

Effective April 1, professional sports in large outdoor venues can operate at 20 percent capacity. That translates to 8,384 fans at Citi Field, and 10,850 at Yankee Stadium.

Attendees must also follow state guidance on face coverings, social distancing, and health screening. The New York State Department of Health will re-evaluate the testing and vaccination entry requirements in May, and if the public health situation continues to improve, they may be discontinued in mid-May.

Vaccinations will continue to be administered at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field during the MLB season.

Those with indoor events are limited to 10 percent.

Smaller, regional sports venues that hold 1,500 people indoors or 2,500 people outdoors can also reopen, beginning April 1.

“New Yorkers love to root for the home team, and it was especially difficult to see great professional sports teams close down as we implemented restrictions necessary to protect the public health,” government officials said. “As New York's COVID situation improves, we're giving New Yorkers the opportunity to cheer on the Mets and Yankees in person as long as they stay safe. Officials look forward to seeing our beloved teams open Citi Field and Yankee Stadium again as we continue to recover from this pandemic.”

To re-open professional sports with spectators at large outdoor stadiums, each venue must adhere to strict health and safety protocols, including:

Obtain NYS DOH approval for ALL venues and events, institute a 20 percent capacity limit, ensure spectators and public-facing event staff present proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test result or proof of vaccination prior to the event, mandate face coverings, social distancing, and temperature checks for all those in attendance, mandate assigned, socially distanced seating, collect contact information from all those in attendance to help inform contact tracing efforts, meet enhanced air filtration, ventilation, and purification standards for any indoor areas and ensure retail, food services and athletic activities abide by all State-issued guidance.

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