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New York Governor Cuomo Announces Change To Seating For Vaccinated People At Yankees, Mets Games


Two Major League Baseball teams, the New York Yankees and New York Mets, are getting prepared to, kind of, bring their games back to normal.

But the price of bringing the games back to somewhat normal is precisely what many people were frightened of to begin with, CBS New York reported.

Their stadiums, Yankee Stadium and Citi Field respectively, will have separate seating for vaccinated and non-vaccinated people.

In the vaccinated section, fans will not have to socially distance but will still, ridiculously, have to wear masks even after the Centers For Disease Control said masks were not needed outside.

“More news for baseball fans: Starting May 19, full capacity seating at Yankee Stadium & Citi Field will be available for fully vaccinated people. For unvaccinated, the capacity will be 33% to comply with CDC social distancing rules. Masks will be required for all fans,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a tweet.

“The teams are trying to help build on the 58% of eligible New Yorkers who have already received a vaccine shot. Starting in a few weeks, fans will be able to get a Johnson & Johnson single-dose shot at both ballparks, plus get a free ticket to the game,” CBS New York reported.

“We’re all in on this. We’re excited to be part of this. We’re excited to have more and more fans in the building because our players love it,” Randy Levine, the president of the Yankees, said.

“We are currently vaccinating at Citi Field approximately 2,000 individuals a day. We are in the process of opening a drive-thru lane,” Sandy Alderson, the president of the Mets, said.

Fans who can prove that they have been fully vaccinated will be allowed to sit in the sections where social distancing guidelines are eliminated.

Fans are currently seated in pods, but future tickets are going to be marked either “vaccinated” or “unvaccinated,” which could be another way to shame those who choose not to get a vaccine.

“Fans are what make the game. Fans are also what make memories. And they make memories for players as well as themselves,” Alderson said.

“Baseball goes every day and it really presents a sense of normalcy. We’re like an ongoing story every single day. Some days are good, some days are bad. You just hope you there are more good days than bad days,” Levine said.

The New York Post had more on the story.

Children under 16 — who have not yet been approved to receive any of the available COVID-19 vaccines in the US — can accompany vaccinated attendees, according to the governor.

The new rules will do away with the previous state mandate that required attendees to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test ahead of a game…

People seated in the vaccinated sections will have to provide proof of their full immunization status — either with an official paper vaccination record card, digital app or the state’s Excelsior Pass, Cuomo’s office said.

The governor insisted that the state’s new seating plan is “not segregation.”

“We have social distancing rules,” the governor said. “We have requirements now in restaurants as to capacity and we have rules if you’re vaccinated then X, if you’re not then Y and they are based on public health parameters.”

“This is fully discrimination… The people that are fully vaccinated are held to a better standard then those who aren’t. I smell a class action law suit! If we are getting vaccinated then why can’t we get rid of mask. This makes no sense,” one Twitter user said in response to the news.


“Sounds like past Jim Crow laws in the south between vaccinated and unvaccinated people. Pretty soon we’re going to have vaccinated and unvaccinated bathrooms, parks, transportation, social events, etc,” another said.

“SEGREGATION, JIM COVID,” another said.

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