Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that Yankees and Mets fans will be segregated into vaccinated and unvaccinated sections starting in mid-May.
He also said anyone who gets the COVID-19 vaccination on-site will get a free ticket.
“New York will set up vaccinated and unvaccinated sections at Mets and Yankees games, Cuomo announces,” reported 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.”
Cuomo calls it a NY home run: Come to the game, get a vaccine, get a free ticket to another game.
Then you can sit in an socially distanced section pic.twitter.com/kLY46W4Fu8
— Joseph Spector (@GannettAlbany) May 5, 2021
Despite the accessibility to the vaccine for anyone who wishes to get it, baseball stadiums and other large, outdoor venues will be restricted to 33% capacity; there will also be mandated six-feet social distancing, and all in attendance will have to wear face masks in the stadium.
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 “show proof of a negative COVID-19 test,” the New York Post reported. Those who’ve had the jab will have to show proof upon entrance.
“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 getting vaccinated to score free tickets will be administered the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
“We will set up at the game, a facility, as you’re going in, come a little bit earlier and get your vaccine at the game. You’re going to the game anyway. It’s on your way, stop and get a vaccine,” the Democrat told reporters.
“We have social distancing rules,” Cuomo justified the controversial move. “We have requirements now in restaurants as to capacity and we have rules. If you’re vaccinated then X, if you’re not then Y, and they are based on public health parameters.”
Cuomo’s handling of the pandemic has proven to be abysmal. The highest taxed state in the nation was pummeled with inconsistent and harsh restrictions, crushing small businesses. And Cuomo’s infamous nursing home memo likely caused the unnecessary deaths of at least thousands of seniors.
Moreover, it was revealed this month 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 Daily Wire reported:
The report comes as the embattled governor faces accusations of covering up the impact of the pandemic on New York’s elderly population, as well as allegations of sexual harassment from two former staff members. The governor’s aides’ purported role in editing the health department report suggests that the cover up of New York’s nursing home data began much earlier than previously thought and as Cuomo began writing a book touting his leadership during the pandemic.
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.