Many people questioned the UFC’s judgement on holding full capacity events during the COVID-19 pandemic, UFC 261 and UFC 262 respectively . Frankly, the questions were warranted considering Dana White’s politically based stance on the pandemic.
But give credit where credit is due, the UFC is at least going to provide free face coverings to all fans attending the two events.
Through a partnership with O2 Industries, the UFC will provide 32,000 fans with the face mask that are emblazoned with both companies logos. Additionally, the companies will donate 5,000 respirators to the American Red Cross for use in emergency situations.
Whether or not fans will be mandated to wear the masks is unknown. Texas recently lifted their mask mandate and Florida never had a mask mandate. Just speculation but you’d have to imagine the Jacksonville crowd would have to wear the masks while in the arena when not eating or drinking. WWE recently held to nights of WrestleMania in the state and this was the scenario fans encountered.
UFC also announced fans attending UFC 261 in Jacksonville will have to fill out a COVID-19 health questionnaire in order to gain entry to the VyStar Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The UFC was at the forefront of running shows in the early part of the pandemic. The UFC could be instrumental in the return to full capacity fans if these shows go off relatively safely from a health standpoint.