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Fans social distance as they watch the New York Knicks and Utah Jazz NBA basketball game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021.

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Jazz will still require masks at games even after the statewide mask mandate is lifted

By Ryan Miller, | Posted - Apr. 5, 2021 at 1:22 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — The state of Utah's mask mandate ends on April 10. The Utah Jazz's does not.

The Jazz announced on Monday it would continue to require fans to wear masks at home games even after the state mandate expired.

"We continue to prioritize the health and safety of our fans, employees and players," Utah Jazz President Jim Olson said in a statement.

Face masks over the nose and mouth have been required for all fans in the arena, ages 2 and above, unless a person is actively eating or drinking.

Other COVID-19 procedures will also remain in place, including health screenings, socially distanced seating arrangements, contactless entry with digital tickets, cashless transactions for concessions and merchandise, and reduced capacity in common spaces.

The Jazz have allowed a limited number of fans to attend games since the beginning of the regular season, and began the second half of the season by allowing an arena capacity of 5,500 fans. That number is expected to increase as the season continues toward the playoffs.

"We are pleased that fans have been able to attend games since December in a limited capacity with incremental increases," Olson said. "While progress is being made with ongoing vaccinations, we are staying the course to maintain a safe and comfortable environment and will adjust our plans as public health conditions improve."

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