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Charleston RiverDogs officials said this week that capacity caps due to COVID-19 will “responsibly ramp” up as health agency guidances ease restrictions in place over the past year to prevent the spread of the virus.

With the RiverDogs starting a two-week homestand, the team said Tuesday that following CDC and local authorities’ guidance, it has gotten the OK to admit more fans for games as the season goes on and lifted its mask mandate inside the ballpark. Those who are not vaccinated are urged to continue wearing masks.

“We’re planning to responsibly ramp, with an eye towards creating a completely normal fan experience at The Joe in the coming days,” said team president and general manager Dave Echols.

The team will maintain some limited-capacity general admission sections for anyone who wants to maintain distance while seated during the game. Capacity in those sections will also be ramped up a bit as the season goes on, a team rep said.

The RiverDogs started the season with reduced capacity and other provisions in place to limit person-to-person interaction as vaccines continue to be distributed and virus rates drop. Among the rules is that no cash will be accepted, including for parking, the team store and concession stands. The team is accepting cash for gift cards for people without credit or debit cards and fans can prepay for parking when they buy their tickets. Digital tickets, emailed upon purchase, are also the preferred method for entry.

The Down East Wood Ducks out of Kinston, N.C., are in town through Sunday, with the Fayetteville Woodpeckers landing in Charleston May 25-30. For tickets, visit riverdogs.com.

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