Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that Yankees and Mets fans will be segregated into vaccinated and unvaccinated sections starting in mid-May.
He also said that anyone that decides to get the COVID-19 vaccine on site will get a free ticket.
“New York will set up vaccinated and unvaccinated sections at Mets and Yankees games, Cuomo announces,” reports Joseph Spector. “The teams and the Department of Health will also set up vaccines at the games…”
“And if you get the shot, you get a free ticket,” he said.
“Cuomo calls it a NY home run: Come to the game, get a vaccine, get a free ticket to another game,” added Spector. “Then you can sit in a socially distanced section.”
Despite the accessibility to the vaccine for anyone that wishes to get it, baseball stadiums and other large venues will only be restricted to 33% capacity; there will also be a mandate six-feet social distancing, and all in attendance will have to wear a mask, even if they have been vaccinated.
The rules apply to all people 16 years of age and older. If you’re under 16, you can accompany a vaccinated person in the vaccinated section.
Before the game, unvaccinated fans will have to “shoe proof of a negative COVID-19 test,” according to New York Post. Those who’ve had the shot will have to show proof upon entry.
“Sit next to each other in a section, sit next to your friend, sit next to your family. Just normal capacity,” Cuomo said of the vaccinated section of the ballparks.
Those that decide to get the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will score a free ticket.
“We want to thank Governor Cuomo for his decision, which will allow more fans into Yankee Stadium and provide us additional opportunities to further encourage people to get vaccinated. We have been honored to host a vaccination site at Yankee Stadium over these three months,” said the New York Yankees management in a statement.
Cuomo’s handling of the pandemic has been abysmal. The highest taxed state in the nation was pummeled with harsh restrictions, some of which are still in affect today, and crushing small businesses. Plus let’s not forget Cuomo’s infamous handling of the unnecessary deaths at nursing homes that he caused.
Later on it was revealed that Cuomo “reportedly pressured state health department officials to alter a report to remove the total number of nursing home residents who died from the coronavirus.”
The New York Times detailed:
Top aides to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo were alarmed: A report written by state health officials had just landed, and it included a count of how many nursing home residents in New York had died in the pandemic.
The number – more than 9,000 by that point in June – was not public, and the governor’s most senior aides wanted to keep it that way. They rewrote the report to take it out, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The New York Times.
The extraordinary intervention, which came just as Mr. Cuomo was starting to write a book on his pandemic achievements, was the earliest act yet known in what critics have called a monthslong effort by the governor and his aides to obscure the full scope of nursing home deaths.