Long lines at US Open after COVID-19 vaccine mandate

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Long lines at US Open after COVID-19 vaccine mandate

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Tennis fans were left waiting in massive lines for up to two hours Monday trying to get into the US Open — amid a mandate instituted just last week requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

The tournament in Flushing Meadows, Queens, officially began at 11 a.m., but by close to 1:30 p.m., thousands were still waiting to show their COVID-19 vaccination cards and go through metal detectors in order to get in — with some fans missing matches because of it.

One tweeter — responding to the US Open posting footage of the match between players Kristina Kucova and Ann Li — wrote, “Sadly missing because of this insane line.”

At the South Gate, around 12:30 p.m., the line of some 5,000 fans stretched about a quarter mile, past the Unisphere.

Huge crowds at the entrance to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
The tournament in Flushing Meadows, Queens, officially began at 11 a.m., but by close to 1:30 p.m., thousands were still waiting to show their COVID-19 vaccination cards.
Stefan Jeremiah

Staffers were alerting ticket-holders to have their vax cards and bags handy when they finally reached the front of the queue.

The US Open is the first tennis tournament to go full capacity since the pandemic.

The USTA on Friday announced only vaccinated fans with documentation will be allowed into Flushing Meadows despite tickets going on sale two months ago with no restrictions.

Huge crowds at the entrance to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
The US Open is the first tennis tournament to go full capacity since the pandemic began.
Stefan Jeremiah

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