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SF Giants Kick off Season, Release Home Game Safety Guidelines

  • The San Francisco Giants will welcome around 9,200 fans, or 22% stadium capacity, to the team's home opener at Oracle Park on April 9

  • Fans must present proof of either a negative COVID test or full vaccination in order to be admitted, and masks must be work except when eating or drinking, among other safety guidelines

The San Francisco Giants plan to welcome fans back at their home opener next week at 22% capacity, and will require proof of either a negative COVID test or full vaccination in order to be admitted.

The team released the guidelines this week alongside the first game of the season, in which they faced the Mariners at T-Mobile Park in Seattle and fell 8-7 in extra innings. The Giants' home opener, against the Colorado Rockies, is set for April 9.

Around 9,200 fans will be admitted to home games for the time being, and fans aged 12 and older must present either a paper or electronic copy of their vaccination or test results. Fans are encouraged to use a Clear Health Pass app to upload their results in advance. Full instructions are posted on the Major League Baseball website.

Inside the park, several safety guidelines will be enforced to cut down on crowds and potential spread: Fans are assigned a ticketed seat and distanced from one another in the park, must wear masks except when actively eating or drinking, and concessions must be ordered on a mobile phone and picked up from designated areas.

“COVID-19 is still here, including new variants that spread more quickly, and unvaccinated individuals are still at serious risk, so we need to keep up the good work and follow the health guidelines so we can safely enjoy a full season of baseball," said Dr. Susan Phillip, San Francisco acting public health officer, in a statement.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed said at a recent press conference that the City is developing a plan for bringing fans back to Chase Center during the upcoming Golden State Warriors season.

In the absence of downtown commuters, live sports and other events such as conferences, the downtown and South of Market areas suffered a disproportionate drop in revenue compared to parts of San Francisco.

In-person conferences at Moscone Center or nearby hotels are expected to restart in the late summer or fall, though many convention planners are undecided on how many people to host in-person pending health guidance. Others were rescheduled for late 2021.

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