Masters won’t require fans to test negative for COVID
In January, Augusta National President Fred Ridley confirmed that a limited number of spectators would be allowed on the Masters course scheduled for April 8-11. That hasn’t changed, but those who attend practice sessions as well as those holding daily tournament tickets and serial badges will no longer be required to produce negative COVID-19 tests.
By ESPN’s Bob Harig and GolfWeek, Masters ticket holders were notified of this decision by email. The email added that those with tickets to Berckmans Place, the tournament’s premium venue, must take home coronavirus tests 72 hours before arrival. They will also undergo on-site testing.
Harig wrote that it is not known how many paying clients will attend this year’s Masters. Spectators are required to wear appropriate face covers and observe social distancing guidelines.
Earlier this month, Jay Monahan, commissioner of the PGA Tour mentionned that he does not yet consider limiting participation in tournaments to only those who have received COVID-19 vaccines. Next week the Miami Heat open two lower sections of the bowl for fans who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for at least 14 days. NFL Draft officials are adopting a similar policy for part of its Draft Theater for the player selection process to be held in downtown Cleveland, Ohio from April 29 to May 1.
So far, no North American professional sports league has announced plans to use so-called “vaccine passports” to restrict participation in matches and other events.