Earlier this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo stated that most capacity restrictions would be lifted by May 19th.
While sports venues like Yankees Stadium and Citi Field were set at a more conservative 33% capacity, Governor Cuomo announced a change in that policy this past Wednesday during a press briefing in his Manhattan office.
On May 19th, both the Yankees and Mets will have the opportunity to increase capacity by dividing seating between vaccinated and unvaccinated fans. Fans will not be required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
Additionally, the Johnson & Johnson vaccination will be distributed at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field. Fans that decide to get the vaccination will be given a free ticket to a game.
This presents a nice incentive for people thinking about getting the vaccination.
Both stadiums can have full capacity for vaccinated fans in certain sections of the stadiums. While some sections in the stadium will be reserved for unvaccinated fans at 33% and these fans must still keep a six foot distance from each other.
We have seen recent examples of brands doing this, as Krispy Kreme is offering a free glazed doughnut through the end of 2021 when you present your vaccine card.
Although it is a shame this couldn’t happen a little bit before the Houston Astros just came to town where the Astros could have been welcomed by even more Yankees fans, it is step in the right direction to get more people vaccinated.