Conditional exemption to capacity restrictions granted for pro baseball games
By The Star Staff
Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia last week welcomed a Department of Health recommendation to provide a dispensation to the Puerto Rico Professional Baseball League so it can increase the number of people allowed to enter stadiums to watch games.
He also heard recommendations about measures that should be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“The baseball fan can rest easy. Baseball is being played in Puerto Rico, but with strict protocols,” the governor said. Health Secretary Carlos Mellado López said: “The important thing for us is that the protective measures are complied with to avoid sources of infection.”
“Crowding is a core issue in the spread of the virus and we have to make sure that we prevent the spread of the virus,” he said. “However, if we guarantee social distancing, in addition to other promoted measures, we will be able to increase the capacity at the games.”
The dispensation establishes that only people vaccinated with the required doses and boosters will be able to attend the games in person.
A capacity greater than that established in the executive order will be allowed, without exceeding 1,200 fans per game, as long as there is physical distance between the attendees.
Those who work at the games -- team members, referees, coaches and members of the press -- are excluded from the capacity requirements.
Meanwhile, officials must ensure the physical distance of 10 feet between family nuclei, the use of a mask and promote hand disinfection. Likewise, officials will have to prevent the crowding of people in common areas such as checkpoints, entrances, exits and bathrooms, among others, so they must establish a system in which all food and drink is delivered to fans’ seats.