Newsom in talks with MLB on returning fans to stadiums

The San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics all have home games scheduled for April 1.

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GAVIN NEWSOM: We're working on the final details, but we've been working very closely with Major League Baseball.

KATE LARSEN: Governor Newsom saying there's a chance that baseball stands won't be sitting empty this season if COVID cases keep dropping.

GAVIN NEWSOM: I have all the confidence in the world, fans will be back safely.

KATE LARSEN: Fans want to play it safe.

- But you can't have it back the way it was pre-COVID.

- As long as everyone's socially distanced.

- Hopefully, most people will be vaccinated by then.

LARRY BAER: We're hopeful, not taking anything for granted. But wouldn't it be great to get the fans back on opening day?

KATE LARSEN: Giants president and CEO Larry Baer says they're working on a plan to welcome back fans in time for their home opener on April 9.

LARRY BAER: We have something called "Fan Safe", and it's going to involve sanitizers. It's going to involve checks, it's going to involve pod seating. We're going to have menu items that will be familiar, but we're going to be really careful with how they're delivered.

KATE LARSEN: Larry says they'll also stagger fans, so not everyone's trying to enter or exit the park at the same time. Of course, this all depends on COVID cases. Counties in the orange tier can play to a capacity of 20%. In the yellow tier, 25%.

LARRY BAER: Baseball's about energy, and baseball's about relationships. And you go with your parents, and you go with your children.

KATE LARSEN: UCSF's Dr. George Rutherford works with the Warriors on COVID safety protocols.

GEORGE RUTHERFORD: We have a lot more people who are immune, right? Because of naturally acquired immunity and because of vaccination.

KATE LARSEN: Do you think people should be required to be vaccinated, and then show proof in order to go to public events like a baseball game?

GEORGE RUTHERFORD: I think we may eventually get there. I mean, I think if you're not going to try and have testing beforehand like the Warriors are proposing, if you're going to try and fill stadiums up completely, you know, then we're going to have to have another higher level of protection than we could get with just masks and lower density and being outside.

KATE LARSEN: The Oakland A's are also working on a safety plan, and are already selling undated ticket vouchers in the hopes of fan-filled games this spring. Kate Larsen, ABC 7 News.