Fans who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 can get their own areas during professional hockey games at the Prudential Center in Newark as restrictions relax in the future.
A spokesman for Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, which owns the New Jersey Devils, said talks were being held about the possible introduction of “vaccinated sections” at the team’s home stadium.
Dave Sholler, executive vice president of communications for the company, said vaccination was not expected to be mandatory for entry. There has been heated debate lately over the idea of ”vaccination cards” – Governor Phil Murphy hasn’t ruled out the possibility in the Garden State, but he hasn’t endorsed the idea either.
“We always have to outsource to understand that not everyone wants to get vaccinated,” Sholler said during a Thursday morning webinar sponsored by Stockton University and the Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce. “I don’t think we can shut these people out. We need to figure out how to make this as safe as possible for as many people as possible.”
Harris Blitzer, based in Camden, also owns the Philadelphia 76ers. Similar talks are ongoing in connection with their “home,” the Wells Fargo Center, Sholler said.
“I think part of the public perception is that it puts pressure on people who are not comfortable getting vaccines,” he said. “It’s actually the opposite – trying to figure out how we can get more fans into our building to enjoy events.”
Sholler said as guidance from officials evolves, vaccinated strangers in New Jersey could get the green light to sit close together in public places.
Large indoor venues are currently held in New Jersey with a capacity of 20%. Masking and social distancing rules must be followed.
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark has announced that event attendees will be required to provide either proof of vaccination or a recent COVID-19 negative test.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, a professional baseball team, recently announced the creation of seating areas for fully vaccinated fans in the team’s outdoor stadium.
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