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Wrigley Field welcomes baseball fans for the first time since the pandemic started

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CHICAGO (CNN) - Baseball is starting up again, and the Chicago Cubs are having their opening day Thursday at Wrigley Field.

For the first time since the pandemic began, fans will be allowed inside.

Protocols will be similar to what other venues have implemented for their events.

Masks are required at all times, and tickets are only available on cellphones.

Fans can use self-scanning ticket machines to gain access to the ballpark.

Health officials worry large gatherings still pose health risks as new COVID cases surge in parts of the country.

The MLB wants to thank frontline workers for their dedication during the pandemic.

The league will donate $1.5 million worth of tickets, and each of the 30 MLB teams will pick recipients to honor those folks with special gameday experiences.

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