New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced on Thursday that athletes who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to perform in their home arenas.
“Kyrie, you should get vaccinated,” Adams said 0f Brooklyn Nets’ guard Kyrie Irving – who’s missed more than half of the season due to refusing the COVID-19 vaccine, via ESPN.
“This does not change my message that everyone should get vaccinated.”
The NBA and NBPA issued a joint statement on Adams’ announcement:
It’s been a long road to the restriction getting lifted; one paved with dogma, political rivalries, and a lot of misinformation.
“Right now, we’re going to take some complaints,” Adams said.
“But when this is all said and done, people are going to realize this is a thoughtful administration and we got it right. So baseball, basketball, businesses, all of those things, they have to wait until that layer comes.”
COVID-19 numbers have been going down in steady decline, per the CDC.
Hopefully, that continues to be the case.