Gov. Cuomo announces seating plans for Sahlen Field, new vaccine initiative with NFTA

Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to Buffalo on Wednesday morning to provide an update on the pandemic and make a number of announcements.

While here, he shared that free, one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered at NFTA hubs on May 14, 15, 17, 18 and 19.

Anyone who gets a vaccine at one of the participating locations will receive a free 7-day NFTA Metro pass.

Since the governor announced he would be speaking at Sahlen Field, naturally, there was speculation that a Toronto Blue Jays announcement would be coming, too.

When the Blue Jays start playing home games in Buffalo on June 1, there will be two distinct types of sections for vaccinated and unvaccinated fans. And they’ll be split 50-50.

In the vaccinated section, people can sit as they would in a normal year. But in the unvaccinated section, people must remain six feet apart. Cuomo said this new model would allow an additional 2,000 fans into Sahlen Field. According to the Blue Jays, the overall total would be about 5,800.

Starting on the date of the first home game, vaccinations will be offered at Sahlen Field. Anyone who gets vaccinated there will receive a voucher for a free ticket to a Buffalo Bisons game.

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That announcement was preceded by another summery bit of news. On Memorial Day weekend, beaches and public pools can open up as long as people keep six feet of distance between each other.

Gov. Cuomo says his goal is to have pools and beaches open with full capacity by Independence Day.

Evan Anstey is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.

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