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When the stadium greets crowds back, expert says fans must respect the new rules – CBS New York


(Local CBS) – With the number of Americans getting the COVID vaccine increasing and spring weather coming across the country, sports fans have begun returning to arenas and stadiums for the first time in a year. While all stadiums have set up different protocols to try to keep fans safe and minimize any possibility of spreading more viruses, there was an example earlier this week that suggested Refers to a lot of discussion. Texas ranger team welcome a ticketed crowd for their opening match at home on Monday.

While the Rangers had soccer field staff work to enforce their veil policySome fans don’t. And with a crowd of more than 38,000 people, away from society, The CDC still recommends wearing a mask in addition to wearing it, it is difficult to achieve. Although the opening goal at home was at full capacity, but Rangers made “Seat section away from society“For the upcoming games it is possible to create more distance between the fans in areas of the football field.

The Rangers are a team that outperforms professional sports teams and the MLB tournament in general with most adhering to the 25% capacity limit at their locations. Although the country is moving towards a sense of normalcy, President Biden has asked to continue vigilance, wear a mask, to stay away from society, so that there is enough time for the level of vaccination to reach the level necessary to makes the virus nearly non-existent. As it happened during the pandemic, there were people who continued to take those precautions and there were others who just wanted to get back to normal, including attending full stadiums.

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“I think it all depends on your opinion of Dr. Fauci,” sociologist Dr Vernon Andrews said in an interview with CBS Local’s Ryan Mayer. “I think that’s what determines it. If you believe COVID is a hoax and no one dies, I don’t know what the hoax is for, but if you think so, you might rush to the stadium. You can be delighted to have full capacity on the plane or in the stadium. You may just want to go back to your sport and get back to ‘normal’. We all want to go back to normal. We all want to be there. ”

Dr. Andrews, a lecturer at California State University-Chico, said that he will be attending an Oakland A game this week. He notes that The A is capping capacity for 11,000 people and making it possible for those far away to only buy “groups” of two or four tickets. Those policies are relevant to many of the arenas and stadiums we’ve seen as states reopen. However, Dr. Andrews says his hope will be that people continue to take the necessary precautions if not just for themselves but for the others around them.

“I went as a sociologist also because I just wanted to test this. But boy, I hope that people will value the lives of their family members and those close to them and think, ‘maybe this new guy in the White House is doing something. . Maybe he asked us to give it 100 days before we got back, maybe that’s the right thing. ‘I hope that people think beyond themselves,’ said Dr. Andrews.

While he admits that there is a segment of the population that only thinks of themselves in terms of ‘don’t step on me’, Dr. Andrews points to the example of wearing a seat belt in a car as a means of protection. self.

“In the old days, in the 70s, if you got in a car with someone else and wore a seat belt, people would be upset with you. ‘Don’t you think my driver is that good? Why don’t you think my driving is good? Then people realize that there are things like accidents that you have nothing to do with. People t-bones you or something else happens. So they started using protective measures, ”said Dr. Andrews. “I hope people will tell themselves that you know maybe I don’t think so, but maybe it’s a protective measure. Like the speed limit. And maybe I should only do this once and I won’t have to do it in 100 years. That is my hope. And my hope is not that places like Texas open stadiums to everyone because that can’t be a good thing. “

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