Heat eliminate vaccination-only seating at AmericanAirlines Arena

Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun Sentinel
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The Miami Heat have eliminated their vaccination-only sections at AmericanAirlines Arena, no longer utilizing vaccination passports as a seating option, the Sun Sentinel has confirmed with the team.

The program had been in place for games beginning April 1, the day before an order from Governor Ron DeSantis prohibiting governments, businesses and public venues from demanding proof of Covid-19 vaccination from individuals.

Under the policy, the Heat had announced:

“The Heat have allocated two sections in the lower level to fully vaccinated fans. These seats will be located in Sections 117-118 and the pods of seats will be separated by just one seat. Fully vaccinated fans will be admitted through a separate gate and will be required to present a proof of a Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued COVID-19 vaccination card showing their vaccination certification dated at least 14 days prior to the game date along with a valid government issued ID.”

That program ran through the Heat’s April 8 game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Heat’s next home game is Sunday at 3:30 p.m. against the Brooklyn Nets.

DeSantis’ order stated, “Businesses in Florida are prohibited from requiring patrons or customers to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-transmission recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the business.”

The Heat had and will continue to provide seating options in line with pandemic best practices, including social distancing and wearing of masks.

The Heat’s ticketing policy continues to state, “Compliance with arena health and safety rules is mandatory, and attendance is conditioned on such compliance. If a guest violates any health and safety rules, the guest may be denied entry to or ejected from the arena. Guests who violate the rules or otherwise engage in conduct that causes a risk to health and safety may also be subject to a ban.”