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Local sports venues can increase capacity starting May 10

Patriots games could have 100 percent capacity in the fall "depending on vaccine distribution and public health data."

Seats on the Green Monster were closed for social distancing on Opening Day at Fenway Park on April 2, 2021. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Included in Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s announcement on Tuesday for the multi-step relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions is a plan to expand the allowed capacity for sports venues.

According to the latest plan for reopening the state, “Large venues such as indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas and ballparks currently open as part of Phase 4, Step 1 at 12 percent will be permitted to increase capacity to 25 percent.”

The changes will begin on Monday, May 10.

Local sports venues like Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, and TD Garden have been allowed 12 percent capacity since March 22.

Other local sports activities will be allowed to resume on May 10 as well.

“Road races and other large, outdoor organized amateur or professional group athletic events will be permitted to take place with staggered starts after submitting safety plans to a local board of health or the [Department of Public Health],” according to the press release. “Youth and adult amateur sports tournaments will be allowed for moderate and high risk sports.”

Looking towards Patriots games in the fall, fans could potentially return at full capacity. According to the plan, “all industry restrictions” will be lifted on Aug. 1, “depending on vaccine distribution and public health data.”

“Capacity will increase to 100 percent for all industries, with businesses encouraged to continue following best practices,” the release explained.  “The gathering limit will be rescinded.”

Massachusetts has more than 2.3 million fully vaccinated residents as of April 26, and more than half the state’s population has so far been at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19.

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