Starting Monday, Massachusetts will enter Phase 4, Step 1 of the state’s reopening plan. The move allows fans to be back in stadiums and arenas across the state.
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB / WSHM) – Starting Monday, Massachusetts is entering Phase 4, Step 1 of the state’s reopening plan. The move allows fans to be back in stadiums and arenas across the state.
It’s exciting news for sports and entertainment fans across the state. According to the governor, positive health trends are making it possible to reopen larger venues.
Large capacity sports and entertainment venues are permitted to operate 12 percent capacity across Bay State starting Monday.
“We are working within the parameters that have apparently been identified by Governor Baker and the administration,” said Sean Dolan, general manager of the MassMutual Center.
Dolan said they were excited after being part of a variety of businesses that were shut down in the wake of the pandemic
“For the first time in a long time, we have some definitive guidelines for hosting an event with an audience with a few fans,” added Dolan.
Fans remain socially distant and have to wear masks. Also, before the venues can open, a plan must be submitted to the Ministry of Health, which Dolan said the MassMutual Center will do for each event.
“We put together a specific event plan for each event that outlines everything we can do to make sure the event takes place safely,” said Dolan.
Also from March 22, the meeting limits for public events will be increased to 100 people indoors and 150 people outdoors, and dance floors will now also be allowed for weddings.
The feeling Dolan has when it comes to welcoming people back to their rooms is a feeling that many managers of large venues can relate to.
“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome them back and fill this building again and create some excitement and economic impact for the region,” Dolan said.
Outdoor private gatherings and indoor gatherings will remain at their current capacities of 25 people and 10 people indoors.