“They’re hearing all the way through this, don’t worry” – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It was an electric night in South Philadelphia as the 76ers beat the Raptors 112-97 on Monday night, taking a 2-0 lead over Toronto in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. The fiery energy wasn’t the only thing fans brought with them to the Wells Fargo Center as Philadelphia reinstated its mask mandate on Monday.

“It’s really good to see these guys in the playoffs,” said one fan.

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The mask mandate was in full effect at the Wells Fargo Center, but not all fans seemed to follow the rules.

CBS cameras tracking the crowd in the stands captured dozens of people without masks, with no one in sight to enforce the warrant.

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“The Sixers are going all the way this year baby,” added another.

Most fans were excited and decked out in the Sixers swag with one essential accessory, a mask.

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“I hate it, but I have to follow rules and regulations, so here I am,” said one man.

Starting Monday, Philadelphia reinstated its mask mandate requiring masks to be worn inside businesses, including arenas and stadiums. For anyone who forgot their masks, the event staff has been prepared with extras.

“I never took mine off anyway,” said one woman.

Some fans had no problem cheering on their favorite players despite having their faces covered.

“They’ll hear us, don’t worry about the mask, they’ll hear all the way through this,” one fan said.

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The Sixers will travel to Toronto for Games 3 and 4 of the series and there is no mask mandate in effect in Canada. Game 3 is Wednesday night at 8 p.m.