Beginning on April 1, the New York Islanders are adjusting the requirements allowing fans back into the Nassau Coliseum.
Fans will be allowed to show a negative COVID-19 antigen test result or proof that they’ve been fully vaccinated as a way to get into the arena. The antigen test result must have been within six hours of game time and anyone showing proof of vaccination must have received their final dose at least 14 days prior to the game.
The new options are in accordance with new state guidelines from Albany. Originally fans could only use a negative PCR test result to gain entry into sports venues in New York State.
The New York Islanders are still partnered with Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care centers to make sure fans can get negative PCR tests back in time for game days, but they are now also recommending utilizing NY Forward Rapid Test Program sites that can get antigen test results back to people within 30 minutes.
The New York Rangers and Knicks announced on Monday a similar change in their entry policies.
Embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this month the change in the policy when he told reporters the New York Mets and New York Yankees would be able to have 20 percent capacity when baseball season begins next month. As of now, capacity at indoor arenas is limited to 10 percent capacity.