NEW YORK (AP) (UPDATED) - The Yankees and Mets can increase capacity from 20% to 100% at their ballparks for home games starting May 19 - as along as fans are vaccinated against COVID-19. And both teams will be giving away free tickets along with vaccinations.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement at a news conference with Yankees president Randy Levine and Mets president Sandy Alderson.
This is part of a new approach by the state to allow fully vaccinated attendees at large outdoor events to be seated at full capacity in assigned sections.
"The trajectory we are seeing brings us to a point where we can take a major step forward and allow capacity at large-scale outdoor events to only be limited by the space available to maintain the required social distance of 6 feet, with sections designated solely for fully vaccinated individuals where capacity can be 100%,” said Cuomo.
While full capacity will be allowed in vaccinated sections, attendance in unvaccinated sections will be capped at 33%. Masks will continue to be required.
Cuomo says children under the age of 16 who are not yet eligible for the vaccine may accompany and be seated with a vaccinated adult in a fully vaccinated section.
These rules will apply to outdoor sports, performing arts and live entertainment, and horse and auto racing venues statewide.
The state plans to pilot the same set-up at large-scale indoor event venues by June 19.
Cuomo also said Broadway theaters will reopen Sept. 14.