MLB players are covered by the same private-sector employer mandate that is currently allowing Irving to be in the building unvaccinated, but preventing him from participating on the court — a private-sector mandate put in place by former Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration in December, Daily News reports.
A City Hall spokesperson told the outlet that the same mandate that is affecting Irving applies to the MLB players who play within the city and that the city would not be carving out individual exceptions.
Both teams play in New York City — Yankee Stadium, a ballpark located in The Bronx, and Citi Field, a ballpark located in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park — fall within this jurisdiction.
According to the NYC Health website: “Workers in New York City who perform in-person work or interact with the public in the course of business must show proof that they have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Businesses may not allow any unvaccinated workers to work at their workplace.”
NYC Mayor Eric Adams repealed the Key2NYC vaccine mandate covering indoor spaces — like gyms, dining and entertainment — on Mar. 7, allowing Irving to attend Barclays Center as a spectator.
But the city spokesperson told the Daily News that unless the mandate changes, unvaccinated members of the Mets and Yankees would not be eligible to play home games or road games in Toronto.
“We have to worry about the health of almost nine million people. No one is trying to hurt Kyrie Irving or a Yankees player,” the spokesperson said, per the Daily News.
More information on NYC’s workplace vaccination requirement can be read here.
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