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Sounders amend policy for vaccinated section, masks now optional

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Children and those in unvaccinated sections will still need to wear masks.

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The Seattle Sounders made a small but important change to their vaccination policy on Monday that will allow fans to more loudly scream in full voice.

Starting with the match against Atlanta United on May 23, fans who sit in one of the designated vaccinated section may cheer on the Sounders without having to keep their masks on. Fans who provide adequate proof of vaccination will receive a wristband, allowing them to discard masks for the duration of matches going forward.

This is a change to the club policy that was announced on May 11, and comes following the revised guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On May 13, the CDC announced that fully vaccinated persons could dispatch masks while indoors or outdoors, though local businesses can still require them to wear masks while at their establishments.

There are several caveats to the change in policy. “While fans that are eligible for vaccinated sections that are wristbanded no longer have to wear masks, children who are not fully vaccinated at this time but who test into these sections must continue wearing masks,” according to a release from the team.

Additionally, fans who either have not been vaccinated, or sit in socially-distanced seating, will still have to wear masks. “For fans in physically distanced sections, there are no changes to the club’s existing policy, and masks are still required when not actively eating or drinking,” according to the release.

The Sounders will still require vaccinated and non-vaccinated fans to wear masks while on the concourses. Fans can download a copy of their vaccination records at the Washington State Department of Health.