According to The New York Post, team owner James Dolan wants to fill the Garden to capacity for Round 2 if the Nicks win over the Hawks tonight. That means dropping social distancing guidelines in order to jam 19,000-plus fans into the famous arena.
According to Post, children under the age of 16 will be permitted if they provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or show proof of a full vaccination.
The Knicks will also require proof of vaccination for entry.
"This isn't science," Tony Katz, a radio show host, told Newsmax. "This is silly. This is almost cultish, and I'm not a guy who is anti-vax."
The public should have the freedom to get the vaccine or to refuse it, Katz told the “American Agenda” program, but it’s wrong for the Knicks to single out the coronavirus in what would be a filled-to-capacity arena.
“I'm telling you: it's New York,” Katz commented. “There are a whole bunch of things I want to make sure the person sitting next to me doesn't have before I end up in Madison Square Garden, and that list is long and quite personal indeed."
According to the Post, the demand to show proof of vaccination is a “big if” since the Knicks lost 105-94 to the Hawks in Game 3, which put them down 2-1.