Snappers to allow fans to attend games this season

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BELOIT, WI (WTVO/WQRF) [news release]– The Beloit Snappers have announced, in conjunction with Major League Baseball and the City of Beloit, that the Snappers will welcome fans back for the 2021 season. In accordance with MLB regulations, capacity will be limited, and physically distanced pod seating will be enforced.

“Today, The Snappers are excited to announce fans will return to the ballpark in 2021,” team president Jeff Jurgella said. “Our staff has worked closely with Major League Baseball and local officials to develop a comprehensive plan to ensure fans can safely return to the ballpark this season. We have been approved to have limited capacity to begin the season. Safety is our top priority.”

In coordination with Major League Baseball, the Snappers have set the following safety guidelines for our stadiums in 2021:

· Face Masks: Face masks must be worn at all times by all fans over the age of two. Masks may be removed briefly when fans are actively eating or drinking while seated in their assigned seat. Major League Baseball’s mask mandate includes all Minor League stadiums, regardless of local, state, or federal guidelines.

· No Bags: To reduce contamination and ensure safe reduced-contact entry for fans and staff, bags will not be permitted, except for medical or diaper bags.

· Physical Distancing: Physical distancing will be enforced on the concourse, concession lines, at all entrances and exits and in seating where necessary.

· Multiple Entrances & Exits: Guests may be directed to enter and exit the stadium through designated entry gates to expedite the process and limit crowding at any one entrance. At the conclusion of the game, guests will receive instructions on safe exit procedures and exit locations. In weather delay situations, fans will be permitted to return to their cars during the delay and allowed to re-enter the stadium when the game resumes to prevent crowding on the stadium’s concourse.

· Buffer Zone: For the safety of players, coaches, and fans, there will be a 12-foot buffer comprising areas frequented by players and coaches. No contact will be permitted between players and fans, including for autograph requests and fans will not be allowed to gather near the dugouts, bullpens, or other areas near the players.

· Staff Screening: All Snappers staff members are required to pass a temperature and health screening before being admitted to the stadium. All staff are required to wear face masks inside the stadium.

· Enhanced Sanitation: Snappers staff will frequently clean, disinfect, sanitize, and monitor common-touch surfaces and high-use guest areas frequently and consistently throughout games. Hand sanitizer will be available to fans in multiple locations throughout the stadium.

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