The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:
The governor of New Jersey has cleared the way for the Giants and Jets to play games at MetLife Stadium at full capacity for the 2021 NFL season.
Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday said New Jersey will lift its indoor mask mandate for people vaccinated against COVID-19 beginning on Friday. Also on Friday, the state is lifting the requirement for maintaining 6 feet of social distance at all indoor and outdoor businesses, such as restaurants, retail stores, gyms, casinos, and stadiums.
The announcement comes about a week after the Democratic governor rejected similar mask guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, saying he wanted “more time on the clock” for people to get vaccinated. New Jersey had been an outlier, with neighboring Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania aligning with the CDC soon after its advice came out.
The state’s vaccination rates have been climbing, with Murphy pledging to fully inoculate 70% of the population by June 30.
The Jets and Giants are co-owners of the stadium, which seats roughly 80,000.
Carolina Panthers president Tom Glick announced Monday that Bank of America Stadium will open at full capacity for all events this year, including NFL and college games.
The Panthers had extremely limited seating last year due to COVID-19.
Glick said masks will not be required for fans and there will be no proof of vaccination required to attend games. He also said there will be no temperature checks. The stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, will continue to have enhanced cleaning, which includes the use of disinfecting robots.
The Panthers also announced they plan to host training camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina after a one-hiatus due to the coronavirus.