Mayor Lightfoot announces fans up to 20 percent capacity in Chicago ballparks for opening day

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 26: A woman takes a walk with a child outside of Wrigley Field on what was to be opening day for Major League Baseball on March 26, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Major League Baseball has postponed the start of its season indefinitely due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

CHICAGO (WGN)  Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Monday fans will be allowed in Chicago ballparks up to 20 percent capacity for Opening Day.

Lightfoot’s announcement comes after a further easing of COVID-19 restrictions due to sustained progress in reopening metrics, with indoor bars and restaurants opening at 50 percent capacity.

Capacity at Guaranteed Rate Field will be limited to 8,122 fans for Opening Day on April 8, with at least six feet required between parties.

Wrigley Field will be limited to 8,274 fans per game for the start of the season and Opening Day on April 1, with the same distancing required.

Ballparks will remain at 20 percent capacity and are subject to open to more fans as vaccination and recovery efforts continue. Additionally, the city warns an increase in COVID-19 cases can result in an increase in restrictions to curb outbreaks.

Among the enhancements and operational measures to mitigate COVID-19 risk include:

  • Limited contact entry
  • Cashless concessions and retail
  • Additional restrooms per guest
  • Reduced queuing times
  • Reconfigured indoor spaces

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