Tuesday was a turning point for New York, the epicenter of the first deadly wave of COVID-19. Fans are allowed into sports arenas for the first time in nearly a year.
New York policy allows 10% capacity in stadiums, so there will be around 2,000 fans at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night when the New York Knicks face the Golden State Warriors. Participants will have their temperature controlled and will be required to wear masks inside.
At Barclays Center in Brooklyn, 300 people will be scattered in seats marked in red after receiving a negative test result for the Brooklyn Nets vs Sacramento Kings game.
The cinemas are next door. They can open on March 5.
The slow return to normal comes as New York City says thenow represents triple the number of cases compared to January.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, said he was concerned about complacency. He warned that masks might be needed until 2022. “In order to be safer, we may have to wear masks under certain circumstances. I’m not trying to scare people but we might have another one. push, ”he said.
Meanwhile, despite the vaccine’s hurdles, leaders of the nation’s major COVID-19 vaccine makers have signaled that a turnaround is coming. “We are on track to make 120 million doses available for shipment by the end of March,” said John Young, chief commercial officer of Pfizer.
Modern president Dr Stephen Hoge said the company “targets delivery of the 100 million second doses of our vaccine by the end of May.”
In total, the drugmakers say 140 million doses will be delivered over the next five weeks. More than 44 million Americans have received at least one injection and more than 19 million are fully immunized.
But the disparity in vaccines for the communities that need them most persists.
“People don’t get it, you don’t have CVS and giant stores, and markets in large sections of some African American communities. They don’t exist,” said Walter Thomas, pastor of the New Psalmist. Baptist Church in Baltimore.