May 5, 2021 - Health

Yankees, Mets to offer vaccines and free tickets to games

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Yankee Stadium. Photo: Sarah Stier/Getty Images

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that Yankees and Mets baseball games will reopen regular seating for fully vaccinated people starting May 19, and will offer free tickets to those who choose to get a vaccine at the game.

Details: Cuomo said that unvaccinated people will also be welcome at the games, but they will be in a different section where spectators will be seated 6 feet apart with masks. The unvaccinated sections will operate at 33% capacity.

  • The one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be administered right outside the stadium, according to Cuomo.
  • There will be no testing upon entry to the stadium. People will need to present proof of vaccination, such as the Excelsior Pass, to sit in the vaccinated section.
  • Children under 16 will be allowed to accompany those already vaccinated.

The big picture: Cuomo also announced that Broadway shows will reopen at 100% capacity on Sept. 14, and that tickets will go on sale starting Thursday. The news comes days after Cuomo said most coronavirus restrictions will be lifted in New York on May 19, now that 36% of the state's adults have been fully vaccinated.

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