As the Miami Heat begin to allow fans to be in the arena for home games next week, they will also be implementing new COVID-19 protocols to ensure the team and arena staff's safety.
One of these new protocols will be COVID-19-detection dogs that will be a part of the security process to enter the AmericanAirlines Arena.
According to Local 10 News, all fans entering the arena will be screened by a dog for the disease, and then required to take a health questionnaire once cleared. The Heat will still be limiting the crowd to its 1,500 season-ticket holders, and enforcing social distancing inside. This will be the first time this season that the team will be allowing fans to watch a game in the arena.
In regards to letting fans watch games in the arena, a statement from the Miami Heat said: “If you or anyone in your travel party is signaled by a canine, all members of the party will not be permitted to enter the arena. A staff member will notify you of the next steps regarding your ticket purchase.”
Fans above the age of two will also be required to wear face masks during their entire time in the arena unless they are eating or drinking. Also, people who have seats that are within 30 feet of the court will have to take a rapid test COVID-19 test on-site.