New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday that baseball fans fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will soon be able to enjoy non-social distancing seating at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, and that spectators in both stadiums will be vaccinated during a game a free ticket.
Starting May 19, the day the state ends most business capacity restrictions, fully vaccinated individuals will be allowed to sit in sections of the stadiums where any seat can be occupied, although they will have to wear masks. You can also be accompanied by children under 16 who are not vaccinated and also have to wear masks.
Individuals who have not been vaccinated will sit in sections where only a third of the seats can be occupied and must adhere to the two-meter social distancing rules. Both Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, home of the Mets, are mass vaccination sites, and both stadiums offer a voucher for a free pass for people vaccinated there on match days as an incentive to get the vaccine.
“You vaccinate, get a voucher, you can go to this game,” said Randy Levine, president of the New York Yankees, at Mr. Cuomo’s press conference. “If the game is sold out, you can go to a game of your choice tomorrow night.”
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires only one shot, is being offered to game participants, the governor said, so they don’t have to make a follow-up appointment.
Social distancing, capacity rules, and other safety measures vary significantly from stadium to stadium in the major league, as local regulations and decisions made by each team differ.
Mr Cuomo also announced that Broadway shows will start selling tickets to full capacity shows starting Thursday. The performances start on September 14th.
Broadway, which houses 41 theaters with 600 to 1,900 seats, drew 14.6 million people who spent $ 1.758 billion on tickets in 2019. The pandemic had forced them all to close since March 12, 2020, and reopening is clearly going to be far more complicated than shutting it down.
With up to eight shows a week and the tourists who are an important part of their customer base and aren’t returning yet, producers need time to advertise and market. You have to reassemble and rehearse casts who have been out of work for more than a year. And they have to sort out and negotiate security protocols.
The main reason for the delay, however, lies more in the gut: individually and together they try to imagine when a large number of people will feel comfortable traveling to Times Square, walking through narrow lobbies and walking down narrow aisles to sit on their shoulders shoulder with strangers. (Most Broadway shows are losing money even in the best of times, so producers say they can’t afford to reopen with social distancing given the industry’s high labor and real estate costs.)
The governor said the state’s coronavirus indicators were all trending down, so reopening made sense, although the state would continue to monitor the situation carefully.
According to a New York Times database, the average number of new cases per day in the state for the past 14 days was down 46 percent on Tuesday. Thirty-seven percent of the state’s population was fully vaccinated as of Wednesday.
The virus appears to be ebbing in New York City. However, the city continues to face challenges due to uneven vaccine coverage, the slowdown in vaccinations, and the increased proliferation of variants in the city.