Over 38,000 Attend Texas Rangers Game, Many Without Masks
On Monday April 5th in Arlington Texas the Texas Rangers held their home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays. Globe Life Field was at full capacity with over 38,000 fans attending the game. This was the first sporting event held at full capacity since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the Texas Rangers organization stated that masks must be used during the event, many in crowd were seen without masks which is incredibly alarming as we are in the midst of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Texas recently relaxed COVID-19 safety mandates, making masks and social distancing no longer required throughout the state. The Texas Rangers however stated that masks must be warn when inside Globe Life Field. The only exceptions were if the individual was at their seat eating or drinking they could have their masks off. There are numerous videos though of people throughout the stadium not wearing a mask (waiting for concessions, entering the building, walking around, etc).
Texas has experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases over the past few days. Both the B.1.1.7 variant and the P.1 variant have been found when testing, which is alarming as both variants are more contagious. Without mask wearing and social distancing, the Texas Rangers baseball game could act as a super spreader event.
American President Joe Biden called the full capacity event "a mistake". He then went on to say "They should listen to Dr. Fauci, the scientists and the experts. But I think it's not responsible".
Texas currently has seen a stabilization in COVID-19 infection rates. Experts say this is due to the recent winter freezing temperatures, increased vaccination efforts and also a large portion of the population having anti-bodies from past infection. 16.1% of the population is completely vaccinated against COVID-19 and 28.5% have received at least 1-dose of vaccine.
We will continue to monitor the situation in Texas and if the easing of restrictions, specifically the larger numbers of spectators at these public settings, leads to increased spread of COVID-19.
We are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and safety precautions must be taken whenever possible. It is important to remember to continue to wear your mask and wash/sanitize your hands as best as you can. Social distance when around other people. Get tested and stay home if you are feeling ill. Temperature screen at all workplaces.