South Bend Cubs drop mask requirement for vaccinated fans
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The South Bend Cubs will no longer require vaccinated fans to wear a mask at Four Winds Field, the organization announced on Twitter Tuesday.
The new order is effective as of Tuesday night’s game. Fans who are not yet vaccinated are still recommended to wear a mask, the Cubs said.
“I think it’s a great experience coming back to south bend and watching the game and being able to enjoy the fresh air without a mask on and just kind of get back into watching baseball," said Fan Jeremy Tobin
The decision comes after the MLB announced the deferral of any COVID restrictions to local and state municipalities.
“From day 1 it’s been about the safety of our fans and it’s gonna continue and we still have hand sanitizing stations everywhere. We’ll still continue what we need to do, but we’re just following the guidelines that have been put out," said Joe Hart, South Bend Cubs President.
The changes taking effect starting Tuesday night had some deciding to keep their masks on while others were grateful to experience a game like they used to before the start of the pandemic.
“Hey this is a great day. This is a great night. We’re gonna be able to take off our masks and we’ll see the South Bend Cubs beat Dayton tonight oh everybody should have been here tonight," said Season Ticket Holder David Korkhousc.
While the Cubs are not requiring proof of a vaccine upon entry they are still encouraging those that are not fully vaccinated to still wear a mask.