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No vax needed to see a Rockets game

No, thanks.

The Rockets will not have any entry or seating restrictions beyond those required by NBA health and safety rules this season, according to Rockets president of business operations Gretchen Sheirr. The team does provide an option for fans to purchase seats in sections with social distancing provided in a variety of areas in Toyota Center.

The NBA requires that all those within 15 feet of the court be able to show proof that they are fully vaccinated or can provide a negative test for COVID.

The Dallas Mavericks last week announced that all fans be fully vaccinated or provide a negative test, joining Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder, along with teams in New York (the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks) and in San Francisco (the Golden State Warriors) where local guidelines require it.

The Rockets’ policy for Toyota Center is in line with policies for Texans games at NRG Stadium and Astros games at Minute Maid Park.

But those are at least generally held outdoors, and even if the roof is closed on those stadia there’s still a lot more open space. The Rockets play in a much more enclosed space, and while they do have some limited “socially distanced” seating available, this sure seems like a recipe for transmission. It’s also quite different from last season, when face masks were required and attendance was capped at about 20% of capacity. I don’t begrudge them wanting to have fuller crowds – they gotta make money – but if the Mavericks can require proof of vaccination or a negative test in order to attend a game, I don’t see why the Rockets can’t. You can do better than that, y’all.

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2 Comments

  1. David Fagan says:

    7 days and counting………

  2. Jason Hochman says:

    I think that it’s time to follow the lead of smarter nations, such as Norway, which cancelled all its Covid nonsense. As well, a physician in N. Carolina reported that 90% of young people hospitalized with COVID are morbese. Overweight kids increased over the last year and a half, due to being stuck in the house. I wonder if that was a Democrat plot to increase the toll of Covid for their benefit. As we know, the morbese tend to be Republican. What better way to eliminate them?

    https://www.wfae.org/health/2021-09-30/novant-says-9-of-10-children-in-covid-icus-are-overweight-but-public-health-officials-rarely-talk-about-obesity

    Also, they need to update Demented Joe mantra to version 2.0. Instead of saying that this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated, he should say that this is a pandemic of the slothful fat. The overweight spread the virus more readily also. Are the Democrats going to recommend fat shaming and bashing? Or is this really a plot to kill more Republicans? None can say. We now return you from the Science, to your regularly scheduled totalitarian, pro Big Pharma, give to the billionaires agenda.