The state of New York is set to open up large stadiums and arenas, including Citi Field and Madison Square Garden, for sports and concerts this month.
The reopening of sports stadia to spectators will not be done without strict measures in place and limited capacities however, to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Stadiums that can hold over 10,000 will be allowed to stage events from February 23 at a 10 per cent capacity after the state's Department of Health has signed off its safety protocols, according to governor Andrew Cuomo.
The first approval has already been confirmed with the Brooklyn Nets allowed to host a basketball game against the Sacramento Kings on the day the rules are lifted.
Some venues in New York have become mass vaccination centres for the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and state officials have said they will be discussing with venue managers how to continue providing vaccines once sports will continue to go ahead.
Some of the measures include the mandatory wearing of face masks and social distancing, as well as providing evidence of testing negative for the virus 72 hours before the event takes place.
In January, the rules were relaxed for a select number of fans to attend a Buffalo Bills NFL playoff game, the team's first in 24 year-end became the first time since mid-March that a professional sporting event in the state of New York had had spectators, with 6,700 fans in attendance at the Bills Stadium.
Author: Jake Wilkin