Under New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ vaccine mandate, unvaccinated athletes could not play in home games for their respective teams, and such was the case with MLB.
However, that has since changed.
Adams held a press conference on Thursday morning at Citi Field to announce some changes to the mandate.
As a result of these changes, athletes and entertainers in New York who are unvaccinated are now exempt from the vaccine mandate.
This includes unvaccinated MLB players, as well as Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving.
Now, those who are unvaccinated are cleared to play in New York City on Opening Day and in any other sporting events.
Press conference at Citi Field this morning for NYC Mayor Eric Adams to issue an exemption for athletes and entertainers to be exempt from the private sector vaccine mandate, clearing the way for unvaccinated Mets and Yankees to play home games. Kyrie too.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 24, 2022
Unvaccinated Athletes Cleared To Play
This is good news for unvaccinated athletes.
They now can participate in home games as a result of the mandate being altered, and that is good for fans who want to see those specific players in action.
However, the point still remains that if these athletes would have just gotten vaccinated, there would not have been any trouble in the first place.
All of this drama surrounding the vaccine mandate would simply be non-existent and players could then play in home games without any trouble.
We will see if this change to the mandate gets any sort of blowback.
As of now, it seems to be pretty popular among sports fans.