COVID NYC Update: New York Yankees Greet Fans With Negative Test Or Vaccine On Opening Day
NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – While the New York Yankees greeted fans on Opening Day with limited capacity, President Joe Biden had a message for fans.
In preparation for the fans’ arrival, the Yankees said they worked closely with New York State, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City of New York, Major League Baseball, and other health and safety experts to implement best and most responsible practices in the plant.
The club claims to prioritize health and safety while complying with COVID-19 safety guidelines and protocols.
Yankee Stadium is 20% busy at the start of the season. The guests sit in “pods”, which are separated by empty seats.
COVID-related signage will be posted throughout the building, including on hundreds of televisions at all levels of the hall. Hand disinfectant dispensers are set up at all publicly traded locations.
Fans who come out must either have a negative PCR test within the last 72 hours or be fully vaccinated.
And everyone will undergo a temperature control at the gate.
The Yankees are preparing to host the Toronto Blue Jays.
The first pitch is set to 1:08.
The gates open at 11 a.m. for the approximately 11,000 expected fans.
It’s the first opening day with fans since 2019.
President Biden spoke to ESPN with a message for sports fans.
“People have to be responsible for ensuring that they keep wearing a mask when they are around someone. Some people think that they are tough guys who don’t wear a mask. You know what, they hurt themselves and other people . You have a patriotic duty to protect those around you, “said President Biden. “By the time we get to the fall, hopefully things will move. I don’t think it will happen at the start of baseball season.”
The president also announced that he supports efforts to potentially move the MLB All-Star game out of Atlanta in retaliation for the controversial new electoral law just passed in Georgia.
He also criticized the Texas Rangers, who are opening their stadium to 100% capacity next week.
According to official figures, Yankee Stadium will continue to act as a vaccination center for residents of the Bronx until at least April 30th. The site went live on February 5 and was established through a partnership between New York State, New York City, the New York Yankees, and the SOMOS Community Care and the New York National Guard.
The vaccination center is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. However, it is open in the morning of night games from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on all days the team is on the go or idle.
The only dates through April 30 that vaccines will not be administered on the stadium grounds are those with scheduled home games for the Yankees (4/1, 3, 4, 17, 18) or NYCFC (4/24). It is particularly noteworthy that the website was in operation around the clock from 3 / 4-10.
By opening day, the Yankees predict they will have given more than 80,000 doses of vaccine to more than 80,000 people, including about 38,000 people receiving the Pfizer vaccine and about 14,000 people receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This is the vaccine all new recipients will receive in late April.
Pfizer recipients who need a second dose will receive it at the stadium by mid-April.
When appointments are available (Qualified Bronx Residents only), they can be scheduled at www.somosvaccinations.com.
Yankee officials say they will recognize the incredible work of the vaccination staff at Yankee Stadium, and representatives from the various organizations involved in the effort will be seated in the judge’s chambers for Thursday’s opener. In the games that follow, other frontline health heroes will populate the section.
On the opening day, the following will be seen in the judge’s chambers:
– Robert Bristol, Program Manager, Health and Medicine, NYC Office of Emergency Management
– Pam Vittini, SOMOS operations manager
– Dr. Ramon Tallaj, chairman of SOMOS
– Katherine Santana, SOMOS nurse
– Judith Schaper, SOMOS nurse
– Matthew Alilionis, NYS Regional Director of Homeland Security
– Jeremy Shockett, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Safety in New York
– Sgt.Mousa Aboura, National Guard
– Sgt.Josefry Pimentel, National Guard
– Sgt.Ian Merritt, National Guard (from the Bronx)
Fans should visit www.yankees.com/updates for all important information before heading to Yankee Stadium, including guidelines on entry requirements (including pre-entry testing / vaccine review, mask usage, and social distancing guidelines). and permitted activities during the game.
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