NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York is taking another step towards reopening on Thursday.
Almost a year after the closure began, stadiums and arenas with a capacity of 10,000 people or more can welcome back.
As reported by CBS2’s John Dias, there will be numerous restrictions.
The Barclays Center is to open with a few hundred fans and reach up to 10% of capacity. It also opens two hours earlier to get fans inside safely.
The Brooklyn Nets will face the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night. Before the fun comes safety, including air filters and surface cleaning.
“Our air changes at least nine times an hour,” Adina Erwin, general manager of the Barclays Center, told CBS2. “Let clean air circulate in and out.”
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Fans must complete a home PCR test and online questionnaire within 72 hours. Then a second rapid antigen test in the arena along with a temperature test.
Stadium seats have been marked in pairs or in groups of four, while seats in the yard and other seats are set up in pods.
“We called this our living room. We built 10 of them, ”said John Abbamondi, CEO of BSE Global. “Mini-suites here in our seat shell.”
The arena seats 18,000 and will increase to 1,800 over the next few weeks.
However, Madison Square Garden will welcome 2,000 guests starting Tuesday when the Knicks take on the Golden State Warriors.
Fans must present a negative PCR test, complete a health survey, and undergo temperature screening within 72 hours.
All tickets will be digital and doors will open 90 minutes before the game. Guests are assigned specific entrances and the arena is 100% cashless.
In the meantime, New Jersey plans to follow suit.
“As our numbers continue to decline, we believe we can safely take this step,” said Governor Phil Murphy on Monday.
The governor said entertainment venues with a fixed seating capacity of 5,000 or more, with a capacity of 10% indoors or 15% outdoors, can reopen from March 1.
In all arenas, fans must wear face covering at all times unless they are eating or drinking.