Cleveland Cavs Will Require Masks for Fans at Home Games Through January

click to enlarge The team will have a mask mandate for the next month - Scene
The team will have a mask mandate for the next month

With Ohio setting near daily Covid records this week and Cuyahoga County ranking somewhere in the top ten for highest Covid case rates in the nation, the Cleveland Cavaliers are changing up the health and safety protocols at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

The team will begin requiring masks for fans beginning with the next home game and lasting through the end of January.

The Cavs had declined to mandate masks or vaccines for fans this year, instead opting for a suggestive policy that read, "Wearing a mask is strongly recommended for all fans attending any games, concerts or events at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse."

Spectrum News first reported on the mask mandate. A Cavs spokesperson confirmed the news to Scene. A general public announcement will be made later today or tomorrow.

A message to ticketholders for Friday night's game said the decision was made “is a result of continued monitoring of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Cuyahoga County and throughout the country in conjunction with local health experts.”

A note on what's acceptable: "Neck gaiters, bandanas and masks with valves or vents do not meet health and safety standards and will not be permitted. If a guest does not have an approved mask at time of entry, a mask will be provided at no cost."
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Vince Grzegorek

Vince Grzegorek has been with Scene since 2007 and editor-in-chief since 2012. He previously worked at Discount Drug Mart and Texas Roadhouse.
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