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2021 Health and Safety Measures

In April, our dream of welcoming our devoted fans back to Nationals Park came true. Although our seating capacity was limited, the energy and support delivered by our fans brought the ballpark to life.

We are now excited to share plans for welcoming all Nationals fans back for the rest of the 2021 season. In accordance with Mayor Muriel Bowser’s plans to fully reopen the District of Columbia, Nationals Park will return to 100% seating capacity beginning with our June 10 game. The health & safety of our fans will remain our top priority as an organization, and our close collaboration with health experts and the Government of the District Columbia to maintain a safe ballpark environment will continue.

In response to the Mayor’s May 17 announcement regarding mask requirements in the District of Columbia, we will be changing our face covering policy starting with our May 21 game.

Ticketed fans who are not fully vaccinated will be required to wear an approved face covering at all times, except when actively eating or drinking in their seats. Fully vaccinated fans - meaning fans two weeks past their final shot – will be able to attend the upcoming games without wearing an approved face covering. This applies to all fans regardless of whether they are seated indoors or outdoors. Please see below for information regarding acceptable face coverings at the ballpark.

We thank you for your patience and understanding in following these guidelines during this unprecedented time. Welcome home, fans.

Before the Ballpark

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Ballpark Entry

  • Guests must enter the ballpark according to the color-coded gate location listed on their ticket
  • Directional and color-coded signage will be located outside of the ballpark to assist in locating the appropriate gate
  • All ballpark gates will open two (2) hours prior to first pitch and all parking garages will open two (2) and a half hours prior to first pitch
  • Guests that require an ADA-compatible entry may enter at any ADA-compliant entrance, even if it does not match the color on their ticket

Ballpark Exit

  • Guests must exit the ballpark through the same gate they entered
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  • No backpacks are permitted within Nationals Park. Bags are permitted inside, as long as they are smaller than 16 x 16 x 8, with the exception of diaper bags and medically necessary bags.
  • Approved bags will be opened and inspected by our security staff.
  • Unapproved bags may be stored in a Binbox locker located outside of Right Field and Home Plate Gates for $10-$12 per locker
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  • For complete information on our 2021 ticketing policies, including Frequently Asked Questions, please visit
  • Single game tickets may be purchased by visiting or other online marketplaces
  • Season Plans may be purchased by visiting
  • Group tickets are on sale now – please contact for more information
  • All tickets will be delivered digitally through the MLB Ballpark app
  • Each ticket is color-coded to direct guests to enter and exit the ballpark at an assigned gate closest to their seating section
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  • Face coverings are no longer required for fully vaccinated fans. As a reminder, an individual is not considered fully vaccinated until they are two weeks after their final shot.
  • For fans who are not fully vaccinated, face coverings are required inside Nationals Park and may only be temporarily removed when guests are ACTIVELY eating or drinking within their assigned seating pods
  • For those required to wear face coverings, they must adequately cover both your nose and mouth.
  • Permitted face coverings: KN95, N95, Cloth, Surgical/3-Ply and Face Shield (only when accompanied by another approved face covering)
  • Not Permitted: Bandana, Gaiter and any face covering with an exhalation valve

Around the Ballpark

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  • Nationals Park, in conjunction with ABM, our cleaning partner, has established a new cleaning process with CDC-approved supplies that will enhance the cleanliness and sanitation of indoor and outdoor spaces
  • High touch surfaces (including but not limited to ATMs, door handles, handrails, toilets, touch screens, turnstiles and mobile charging stations) will be cleaned with CDC-approved chemicals before, after and periodically throughout each game
  • Hundreds of hand sanitizer stations have been installed throughout the ballpark
  • The seating bowl will be cleaned with Stihl gas pressure washers after every other home game
  • MERV-13 filters have been installed to increase filtration in indoor locations
  • NanoSeptic self-cleaning surface covers will be installed on elevator buttons, select restroom sinks that feature push button activation, and certain push bars and door handles that cannot be propped
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  • Single-serving food items may be brought into the ballpark in an approved bag or carried by hand
  • Guests are encouraged to use the Ballpark App to order and pay for food ahead of time. To learn how to order concessions from your phone, visit
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  • Giveaways will be distributed at all gates and will be placed on a table in a grab-and-go format
  • At full capacity, we can no longer guarantee a giveaway item to each fan in attendance

On-Field Activities

  • Kids Run the Bases will return after every Sunday day game beginning Sunday, July 18th
  • Signature Sundays will not resume at this time. Guests will not be permitted to seek autographs from players
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  • Guns N’ Roses concert scheduled for July 13, 2021 has been cancelled (as of June 1, 2021)
  • The Hella Mega Tour with Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer featuring Special Guest “The Interrupters” is scheduled for August 8, 2021
  • The Stadium Tour with Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard originally scheduled for August 9, 2021 was rescheduled to June 22, 2022
  • More information can be found at


  • Ballpark Tours will resume on Thursday, July 1st. More information on tours and purchasing tickets will be released shortly on

Private Events

  • Additional information regarding hosting a private event at Nationals Park can be found at or by calling 202.640.7368
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  • The entire ballpark will be cashless except for the Nationals Philanthropies 50/50 Raffle
  • Guests can use the Ballpark App, contactless payment (including Apple Pay), a credit card and eCash at the point of sale
  • Guests with cash only must visit a eCash redemption location to exchange their cash for eCash