Ready to catch a live game at a large venue? Here are the rules for the tri-state area

Ready to catch a live game outside your living room?
Fans being allowed back into venues to watch their favorite teams in the tri-state area!
Below are the rules that must be followed:


While Gov. Ned Lamont announced that a limited number of fans will once again be allowed at youth sporting events, with capacity capped at 25% with a maximum of 200 people, there is no word yet on venues for professional sports.


In New Jersey, large sports and entertainment venues, with a fixed seating capacity of 5,000 or more, are permitted to host events at 10% capacity indoors, and 15% capacity outdoors.
Both capacity limits exclude participants, such as athletes and performers, and staff, such as coaches and ushers, but include patrons and other members of the public.
Professional and collegiate sports facilities must institute the following policies:
Limit attendance for professional and collegiate athletic competitions to the state indoor and outdoor gathering limits. Large venues, with a fixed seating capacity of 5,000 or more, are permitted to host events at 10% capacity indoors, and 15% capacity outdoors.
Gov. Phil Murphy said that spectators will not be required to take a COVID-19 test before attending an event.
Restaurants located within such facilities must follow the health and safety protocols for indoor and outdoor dining.
Facilities must make best efforts to ensure that individuals in restaurants located within sports facilities remain separate from all other individuals granted admission to the facility.
Fans are required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing while indoors and in outdoor areas.
Limit occupancy in restrooms that remain open to avoid over-crowding and maintain social distancing through signage and, where practicable, the utilization of attendants to monitor capacity.
Provide sanitization materials, such as hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, to customers.
Require reservations, cancellations, and prepayments be made via electronic or telephone reservation systems to limit physical interactions.


In New York, arenas and stadiums with a capacity of 10,000 people or more were allowed to reopen to fans starting Feb. 23.
The announcement followed the model established as part of the successful Buffalo Bills game pilot program.
In order to reopen venues to professional sports in New York must:
Obtain Department of Health approval for both venues and events.
Institute a 10% capacity limit in arenas and stadiums.
Ensure all staff and spectators receive a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of the event. Fans can get tested at many places - including pharmacies, doctor’s offices, and urgent care clinics. If you want to get tested, call your health provider.
Mandate face coverings, social distancing and temperature checks for all those in attendance.
Mandate assigned, socially distanced seating.
What was it like being back at Madison Square Garden for the first fan-attended game of the season? Read more here.
Collect contact information from all those in attendance to help inform contact tracing efforts.
Meet enhanced air filtration, ventilation and purification standards.
Ensure retail, food services and athletic activities abide by all state-issued guidance.