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NBA's Miami Heat Is First Team To Create Vaccination-Only Section For Fans
A sign of the times.
The Miami Heat are gearing up to play the Golden State Warriors at home on April 1. In preparation of the match-up, organizers have announced a plan to make a section for fully vaccinated fans and ticket holders.
Sections of the lower bowl seating area will be designated for those that can show prof of receiving both doses. While mask mandates will still be enforced, social distancing rules will be a bit more relaxed.
“You’re already getting a sense that things are starting to change and go in a much more positive direction,” Erik Spoelstra, coach of the Miami Heat said to ESPN.
The Miami Heat are the first National Basketball Association team to implement this plan, though it seems others teams are looking to do the same for their arenas. The NBA informed teams that while these vaccination sections would be allowed, they need to be in accordance with health and safety guidelines.
If any of the allocated sections are within 30 feet of the basketball court, ticket holders will have to take a PCR test two days prior to the game or produce a negative antigen test on game day.
Vaccinated ticket holders will have a separate entrance and gate assigned to their ticket to be admitted into the arena. Teams participating are also being encouraged to have dedicated concession and restroom areas, too. The new policy will only apply to those who have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days.