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New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that pro sports teams can allow 10% capacity beginning on Tuesday, February 23. Fans will need to receive a negative PCR test within 72 hours of any game or event to attend. They will also be required to wear face coverings, social distance, and get their temperatures checked to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The New York Islanders announced that they plan to open their doors at Nassau Coliseum to fans “ASAP” and season ticket holders will have priority access.
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) February 10, 2021
The New York Rangers said that they plan to sit 2,000 fans.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) February 10, 2021
The Buffalo Sabres have yet to release their plans but announced that they will as soon as they are available.
Our statement regarding Gov. Cuomo’s announcement earlier today: pic.twitter.com/ruhK3KeR1Z
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) February 10, 2021
These are the first three teams in the East Division to announce their plans to get fans back in seats this season.
The Washington Capitals are scheduled to visit the Islanders on Thursday, April 1, Tuesday, April 6, Thursday, April 22, and Saturday, April 24. The plan is for them to play the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, March 30, Monday, May 3, and Wednesday, May 5. The Capitals also have two more games in Buffalo, which were originally scheduled to take place on Thursday and Saturday but were postponed due to COVID-19 issues with the Sabres. Dates for the two games have not been announced yet.
By Harrison Brown