Mask policy reinstated at Nationals Park amid COVID case uptick

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Mask policy reinstated at Nats Park amid COVID case uptick originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

With a rise in coronavirus cases around the country, the Washington Nationals have reinstated a policy in which they will require all fans to wear a face-covering while indoors at Nationals Park.

Per a press release given Thursday, the new policy will begin with the Nats’ home game against the Cubs on Friday, July 30.

“All ticketed fans will be required to wear an approved face covering at all times when in an indoor area at Nationals Park, regardless of vaccination status, unless they are actively eating or drinking,” the release read. “Those who do not comply with the mandatory face covering policy will receive a verbal warning followed by potential removal from the ballpark. The safety of our guests is our priority and adherence to the new health and safety policies is non-negotiable.”

Unvaccinated fans are still required to wear a mask at all times within the ballpark, unless actively eating or drinking.

The ‘indoor areas’ specified in the press release include restaurants, retail stores, stairwells, bathrooms and other spaces. Fans are not required to keep their masks on while there are sitting in their seat if their seat is in an outdoor, uncovered area.

Suites in Nationals park have glass awning that can be closed or opened at any time. Many fans choose to close these glass coverings dependent on the weather. When these awnings are closed, the Nationals’ release states, face coverings are required for fans in that suite.

D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser reinstated the city’s policy requiring masks in indoor areas on Thursday.