CLEVELAND (WJW) — Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb will announce a citywide campaign to encourage vaccinations, especially ahead of the NBA All-Star Game. We will also soon find out what type of vaccination policy will be put in place for the big event. He’s hosting an event at 11 a.m. Monday.
The 2022 NBA All-Star Game is just three weeks away, and the fun in Cleveland has already begun. More than 500 people participated in the Tower City NBA Ice Buckets contest this weekend.
“At first I had butterflies and I was nervous, but the second time around I was mad and I just went out there and started doing 3s,” said Marsean Wilson, who was competing for his chance to win tickets to the All-Star Game.
So, who can go to the game on February 20? As of now, we know that members of the media who want to cover the game need to be both vaccinated and boosted. The Cleveland Cavaliers tell us that Mayor Justin Bibb will announce health requirements for fans attending the game and other all-star events on Monday.
Mayor Bibb also plans to announce a citywide vaccination campaign. The city says it will encourage vaccinations, boosters and health education. He will also announce additional support the Cavs and the NBA will provide for the city’s vaccination and testing efforts.
Fans trying to score tickets on Sunday tell us a vaccination mandate won’t stop them.
“Honestly, I have both my shots and my booster so I’m fine,” Crystal Burnham said.
Mayor Bibb will talk about vaccinations, but he will also talk about the economic impact the NBA All-Star Game will have on our city. People say it’s great to see this in the city of Cleveland.
“I just want our city to be the best,” Burnham said. “I want everyone to remember our city for what it is and not for what it was or has been lately.”
This is the first time Cleveland has hosted the event since 1997.
“I’ve been playing since I was young,” Deondre Glover said. “I just want to get to the NBA one day.”
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