“It’s been a year. It’s been crazy,” said San Francisco resident Efren Santos-Cucalon.
Santos-Cucalon and his wife Ann Jones are Giants season ticket holders and were delighted to hear that from April 1, just in time for the baseball season, fans will be allowed to return to outdoor stadiums if COVID cases continue to fall.
“Take me out to the ballpark,” exclaimed Jones, who said she and her husband were vaccinated and ready for a game.
“A beer, a dog, sun, action, you can not get better than that,” said Santos-Cucalon.
“Last year we only had cardboard clippings. To get real fans back, the players are being kicked out. It’s going to be a great moment for East Bay,” said Oakland A president Dave Kaval, who explained how they plan to keep fans and staff safe.
“We abide by state guidelines, keep people in two or four bellies. Obviously mandatory mask that carries everyone in the stadium, concessions will be delivered to your actual location. We have a test program for our employees on game day to ensure they are safe.”
Regarding the mass vaccination site at the Oakland Coliseum car park, Kaval said: “We have designed the mass vaccination site so that it is actually compatible with a socially distant Colosseum event of 10,000 seats. So the two can operate simultaneously. In the North Party is the vaccination site, in the South is a lot of parking for the actual games, and the two can coexist in a meaningful way. “
Right now, San Francisco is at the red level. Alameda County is still in the purple team.
Stadium capacity in relation to COVID cases will function according to level. Counties in the red team can play with a capacity of 20%, in the orange level 33% and in the yellow level 67%.
UCSF epidemiologist Dr. George Rutherford says that because millions of Californians have either been vaccinated or previously infected, outdoor activities in the groups have become safer. “We are pushing perhaps as high as 40% of the population is immune in the state right now, and it will only accumulate as we vaccinate more and more people.”
ABC7 News Reporter, Kate Larsen, spoke with Giants CEO Larry Baer on Wednesday who said he hopes baseball will be a strength for good. “We are just looking forward to everyone healing and baseball being part of that healing.”
The Giants will prioritize people who bought tickets to games last season, which could not be used. The A’s sell undated ticket coupons.
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