New York’s two Major League Baseball teams, the Yankees and the Mets, will open designated sections for vaccinated supporters and will offer free tickets to encourage fans to get the jab after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to lift attendance limits at large-scale outdoor venues in the state.

From May 19, outdoor venues in New York will only be limited by the space available for fans or parties of fans to maintain the required social distance of six feet. Appropriate social distancing, masks and other applicable health protocols will still apply.

It has also been announced that fully vaccinated fans will be permitted to sit next to each other, instead of six feet apart, in assigned sections reserved for supporters who have been vaccinated. Fans in these sections will be required to provide proof of full immunisation status.

From June 19, New York will begin to pilot reduced social distancing at large-scale indoor event venues in assigned seated sections for fully vaccinated fans. Young adults and children under the age of 16 who are not yet eligible for the vaccine will be allowed to accompany a vaccinated adult in a fully vaccinated section.

The New York State Department of Health will also partner with the Yankees and the Mets to offer vaccinations to fans at games, with both teams to offer free ticket vouchers to locals who get vaccinated at Yankee Stadium or Citi Field.

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