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Wed Aug 25, 2021, 04:56 PM

US Open won't require spectators to wear masks or show proof of vaccination

US Open won't require spectators to wear masks or show proof of vaccination
https://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/32084875/us-open-require-spectators-wear-masks-show-proof-vaccination
Spectators will not be required to wear masks or show proof of their vaccination status to attend matches at the US Open when the tennis tournament returns at full capacity next week, one year after all fans were banned from the event because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"The goal is not to prevent all cases of COVID. The goal, really, is to be certain that we don't have an outbreak of COVID that's going to be unusual or that we would regret," Dr. Brian Hainline, a U.S. Tennis Association first vice president and member of its medical advisory group, said on a conference call with reporters on Wednesday. "We're still relying on the goodwill of people. The unvaccinated -- although it's not going to be enforced -- they really should be wearing masks. I expect many vaccinated individuals are going to be wearing masks, as well."

The year's last Grand Slam tournament starts Monday in New York.


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Reply US Open won't require spectators to wear masks or show proof of vaccination (Original post)
Roland99 Aug 2021 OP
dhol82 Aug 2021 #1
Treefrog Aug 2021 #25
mahatmakanejeeves Aug 2021 #2
niyad Aug 2021 #5
malaise Aug 2021 #3
niyad Aug 2021 #4
Jilly_in_VA Aug 2021 #8
dalton99a Aug 2021 #23
marie999 Aug 2021 #6
LisaL Aug 2021 #17
Texaswitchy Aug 2021 #7
PoliticAverse Aug 2021 #9
LisaL Aug 2021 #18
Raftergirl Aug 2021 #10
spanone Aug 2021 #11
bahboo Aug 2021 #12
Raftergirl Aug 2021 #13
machoneman Aug 2021 #21
Ms. Toad Aug 2021 #22
MissMillie Aug 2021 #14
Iggo Aug 2021 #15
LisaL Aug 2021 #16
Stuart G Aug 2021 #19
beaglelover Aug 2021 #20
Treefrog Aug 2021 #26
leftyladyfrommo Aug 2021 #24

Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Wed Aug 25, 2021, 04:58 PM

1. This is idiocy!

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Response to dhol82 (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 28, 2021, 12:17 PM

25. I agree.

 

But I guess they’re all “sophisticated, educated folks.”

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Wed Aug 25, 2021, 04:59 PM

2. Ah, tennis. Now I get it. I was thinking this was golf. NT

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 25, 2021, 05:00 PM

5. My first thought, as well.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Wed Aug 25, 2021, 04:59 PM

3. No wonder so many top players won't be there

Good

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Wed Aug 25, 2021, 04:59 PM

4. That idiot is actually a licensed medical practitioner?? Which medical board do I call?

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Response to niyad (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 25, 2021, 05:19 PM

8. I want to know too

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Response to niyad (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 28, 2021, 10:57 AM

23. Brian William Hainline, MD holds medical licenses in Indiana and New York

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Wed Aug 25, 2021, 05:01 PM

6. "relying on the goodwill of people" Is he serious?

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Response to marie999 (Reply #6)

Sat Aug 28, 2021, 10:30 AM

17. Relying on the goodwill is why are

in the situation we are in now.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Wed Aug 25, 2021, 05:17 PM

7. Stupid

Really stupid.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Wed Aug 25, 2021, 05:35 PM

9. "returns at full capacity next week" - I wonder if the spectators will be. n/t

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #9)

Sat Aug 28, 2021, 10:30 AM

18. Hacking and coughing.

NT

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Wed Aug 25, 2021, 05:43 PM

10. I have had series tickets for the first 10 days since 1991

when center court was Louie.

I had them for years in Ashe until they started selling series tkts in Louie. My tkts in Ashe sucked and we hardly ever sat in our seats, except for the odd night match when all the matches on outside courts were done for the day.

I sold my seats this year to my cousin’s company. I was planning on going until they announced 100% capacity. That was even before formal announcement of no vax required and no masking.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Wed Aug 25, 2021, 05:45 PM

11. Stupid ass decision

'the goodwill of people' ?

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Wed Aug 25, 2021, 06:30 PM

12. dying to go back to the Open again...

but not gonna die by going this year. This is beyond stupid. Hope there is a shit ton of blowback, and they rethink it...

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sat Aug 28, 2021, 08:10 AM

13. Vaccination now required to attend Open

Under pressure from Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city leaders, the United States Tennis Association reversed its lax coronavirus protocols for the upcoming U.S. Open tournament, which opens to thousands of fans on Monday.

Originally, the tournament did not require any proof of vaccination or a recent negative coronavirus test for fans to enter, and there were no mask mandates, either. But the mayor’s office stepped in over the past two days and demanded stricter protocols.

On Friday evening, the tournament announced on its Twitter account that proof of at least one vaccine shot would now be required for entrance to the grounds for all fans age 12 and older. No masks are required.

The mayor’s office was adamant that fans entering Arthur Ashe Stadium, the largest venue on the grounds of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, be vaccinated. But the U.S.T.A. took it a step further and made it a requirement for all fans entering the grounds of the tournament.

“Today, the U.S.T.A. was informed that the New York City mayor’s office will be mandating proof of Covid-19 vaccination for entrance to Arthur Ashe Stadium,” the statement said. “Given the continuing evolution of the Delta variant and in keeping with our intention to put the health and safety of our fans first, the U.S.T.A. will extend the mayor’s requirement to all U.S. Open ticket holders 12 years old and older.”

Mr. de Blasio was not the only concerned city official. After the tournament announced on Wednesday that no vaccines or masks would be required, Mark Levine, a City Council member from Manhattan, said he was “alarmed” that the U.S. Open could become a super spreader event, especially with so many visitors from around the world and the country visiting the tournament in Queens, and also going into Manhattan during their visits.

Levine was pleased by the reversal.

“I feel enormous relief,” he said, “and it’s just in the nick of time with crowds due to arrive on Monday.”

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/08/27/world/covid-delta-variant-vaccine/us-open-will-require-proof-of-vaccination-for-fans

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Response to Raftergirl (Reply #13)

Sat Aug 28, 2021, 10:40 AM

21. Good. This proves that the Boards of many sports orgs. are composed of old, rich, white Trumpers.

They didn't give a damn about the players, coaches, staff, attendees, instead all in favor of Trumpian politics. Fools!

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Response to Raftergirl (Reply #13)

Sat Aug 28, 2021, 10:43 AM

22. Gee, that was fast evolution.

On Friday evening, the tournament announced on its Twitter account that proof of at least one vaccine shot would now be required for entrance to the grounds for all fans ages 12 and older. No masks are required.

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“Today, the U.S.T.A. was informed that the New York City mayor’s office will be mandating proof of Covid-19 vaccination for entrance to Arthur Ashe Stadium,” the statement said. “Given the continuing evolution of the Delta variant and in keeping with our intention to put the health and safety of our fans first, the U.S.T.A. will extend the mayor’s requirement to all U.S. Open ticket holders 12 years old and older.”


You'd have thought they might have looked at the surge that (after end-of-week adjustments) will have almost certainly hit over 200,000 cases on Friday for the first time since January 16. (Friday is at 190,370 - and typically late reporting by jurisdictions has been bumping up Friday's numbers by 10-20,000 cases by the time Monday rolls around.)

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sat Aug 28, 2021, 10:24 AM

15. No, the goal is to collect money from rich people.

Fuck you, Dr. Brian Hainline.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sat Aug 28, 2021, 10:29 AM

16. How about the goal of leaving some room in the hospital

for patients are not infected with covid?

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sat Aug 28, 2021, 10:35 AM

19. Stupid is always..."STUPID"... The people who run the open are ....VERY VERY STUPID...

No one should attend, that will show them who is the ..."boss"
........I guess tennis bosses know more than the rest of us......Stupid is still ..."STUPID".

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sat Aug 28, 2021, 10:38 AM

20. They reversed this.

https://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/32097826/fans-need-proof-vaccination-attend-us-open

NEW YORK -- US Open spectators now must show proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to attend matches, a change made less than 72 hours before the tennis tournament starts.

The US Tennis Association announced Friday that the New York City mayor's office decided to require proof of vaccination to go into Arthur Ashe Stadium, the main arena at the National Tennis Center.

The USTA then opted to extend that rule to cover all ticket holders who are 12 and older and enter the grounds during the two-week Grand Slam tournament that begins Monday. The event is returning to 100% capacity after all fans were banned from attending a year ago because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A CDC vaccination card -- or a photo or photocopy -- is among the acceptable ways of proving vaccination.

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Response to beaglelover (Reply #20)

Sat Aug 28, 2021, 12:19 PM

26. Yeah, they have to show proof of ONE shot.

 

Hats not fully vaxxed, but at least it’s something!

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Sat Aug 28, 2021, 11:08 AM

24. I am too exhausted to even care. nt

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