According to a report, nearly 20 people were ejected from last night’s Penguins/Flyers game at PPG Paints arena for not following proper mask protocols.
Penguins beat writer Josh Yohe of The Athletic tweeted, “Ushers/security ejected 17 fans from the Penguins/Flyers game for not wearing masks. I was told all were drinking.”
The move comes a day after the Penguins social media came under fire for apparently doctoring a photo that showed all fans wearing masks properly in the stands. The original photo had two people wearing their masks under their nose.
The Penguins released a statement on Thursday saying that the person responsible for the Photoshop had been disciplined.
“While perhaps well intended, our staffer should not have altered a wide crowd photo to adjust masks on faces of even a few fans who were not strictly following the rules. Our social media team should never send out altered photos to our fan base. This is a violation of our social media and safety policy, and this staffer has been disciplined,” the statement from the team said.
Obviously with food and drink concessions being sold during games, it’s not realistic that everyone will have their mask on the entire time so the group may have been consistently ignoring mask protocols.
Friday on the Fan Morning Show, Colin Dunlap and Chris Mack discussed the issue.
Both said stopping the sale of alcohol is not the solution and those that make claims of PPG Paints Arena being a publicly-funded complex and tickets costing $200 enables them to do whatever they want are wrong.
“You’re not sentenced to go there, you willingly walk in there,” said Dunlap.
“just because you pay $200 bucks and it’s a publicly funded arena doesn’t mean you get to do whatever you damn well please,” said Mack. “Are you allowed to walk around the concourses smoking a cigarette?