Tampa Bay Rays expand capacity, make masks optional for vaccinated fans

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Following the latest guidance from the CDC, the Tampa Bay Rays say masks are now optional for fans who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The team announced the change Wednesday morning, but the next home game at Tropicana Field is not until May 25, when the Rays host the Royals.

Most other COVID-19 restrictions remain in place. Outside food and drinks are still not permitted at the Trop, seating capacity is expanded but still limited to 20,000, and fans age 2 and older who are not fully vaccinated are still required to wear a mask at all times.

The team says gaiters, bandanas, masks with ventilation holes and other versions of face coverings are not acceptable for use as masks.

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