Sports activities arenas will reopen in New York Metropolis

Tuesday marked a turning point for New York City, the epicenter of the first deadly wave of COVID-19. Fans are allowed to play in sports arenas for the first time in almost a year.

New York politics allows 10% capacity in stadiums, so there will be around 2,000 fans at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night when the New York Knicks battle the Golden State Warriors. Participants have their temperatures checked and must wear masks inside.

At the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, 300 people will be placed in red-marked spaces after receiving a negative test result for the Brooklyn Nets vs. Sacramento Kings game.

Next up are the cinemas. They can open on March 5th.

The slow return to normal is coming, as New York City says more contagious British variant now triple the number of cases compared to January.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said he was concerned about complacency. He warned that masks might be required by 2022. “To be extra safe, we may need to wear masks in certain circumstances. I’m not trying to scare people, but we could see another spike,” he said.

Madison Square Garden

The New York Knicks and New York Rangers come together to welcome fans back to Madison Square Garden.

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Meanwhile, executives at the country’s leading COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers signaled a turnaround despite the stumbling blocks for vaccines. “We are well on our way to having 120 million cans ready for shipping by the end of March,” said John Young, Pfizer’s chief business officer.

Dr. Stephen Hoge, President of Modern, said the company had “targeted delivery of the second 100 million doses of our vaccine by the end of May”.

Overall, drug manufacturers say 140 million doses will not be dispensed for the next five weeks. More than 44 million Americans have had at least one shot and more than 19 million are fully vaccinated.

However, the vaccine gaps persist between communities that need them most.

“People don’t understand, they don’t have CVS stores and giants and markets across large swaths of certain African American communities. They don’t exist,” said Walter Thomas, pastor of the New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore.

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