Citi Field and Yankee Stadium will be allowed go to 20 percent capacity to start the season, Gov. Cuomo announced Thursday. That means around 8,492 fans for Mets home games.
The Mets home opener is Thursday, April 8, at 1:10 p.m. against the Miami Marlins.
“We’re really excited about the season ahead and welcoming the best fans in baseball back — safely — to Citi Field.” Mets owner Steve Cohen said in a statement.
Seats will be sold in a pod format in clusters ranging from one to six seats. Each location will be separated from other pods by at least 6 feet.
Fans will need to show proof of full vaccination or a negative test result from a PCR Covid or Antigen test. The requirement will be re-evaluated in mid-May.
All tickets will be delivered via mobile on the MLB Ballpark app. Print-at-home and paper tickets will no longer be made available. To limit touchpoints, transactions at Citi Field will be cashless.
Cuomo announced Wednesday that indoor fitness classes can begin reopening statewide at 33 percent capacity March 22 with health screening and contact information required at sign-in. Classes should be scheduled to allow additional time for cleaning and disinfection between sessions.
The decision came despite Mayor de Blasio wanting indoor group fitness classes to remain halted in the city, as they have been since August.
“Cuomo is making public health decisions without any public health rationale,” de Blasio spokesperson Bill Neidhardt tweeted. “He’s clearly putting politics before the data and science.”
Cuomo gets to make all the decisions on business hours and capacity under emergency powers granted to him last year by the Legislature.
Beginning April 5, the 11 p.m. curfew in place for casinos, movie theaters, bowling alleys, billiards halls, gyms and fitness centers will be lifted.
The 11 p.m. curfew for food and beverage establishments and the 12 a.m. curfew for catered events will remain in effect.
Cuomo also announced that Monday will see the final five remaining yellow zone clusters in the state lifted, including Kew Gardens/Forest Hills. Any specific restrictions will be lifted and aligned with statewide guidance.