US Open COVID protocols changed: Fans need vaccination proof

To be able to watch matches at the U.S. Open, spectators must now show proof that they have received at least one dose COVID-19 vaccination. This is a change made less 72 hours before the tournament begins.

The U.S. Tennis Association announced that Friday's New York City mayor made it mandatory for all visitors to Arthur Ashe Stadium (the main arena at the National Tennis Center), to show proof of vaccination.

The USTA decided to extend the rule to include all ticket-holders 12 years old and over who enter the grounds during the Grand Slam tournament, which begins Monday. After all fans were expelled from the event last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is now back at 100% capacity.

One of the accepted ways to prove vaccination is with a CDC vaccination card or a photocopy or photocopy.

The USTA stated earlier in the week that spectators will not need to wear masks or provide proof of vaccination to attend matches at U.S. Open.

The goal is not to stop all COVID cases. "The goal is not to prevent all cases of COVID," Dr. Brian Hainline (a USTA first vice-president and member of its medical advisory committee) stated on Wednesday.

The highly contagious delta virus of the virus has fueled a surge in COVID-19 cases in the United States. This is the highest number of COVID-19 cases since January.