98.5 The Sports Hub staff report
As expected, sports venues like TD Garden and Fenway Park will be among the last businesses in Massachusetts to fully reopen.
That’s what Mass. governor Charlie Baker revealed as part of a plan to reopen the state amid continued COVID-19 concerns. The state will reopen in four phases. Full resumption of activity” can’t happen at “large venues and night clubs” until the fourth phase, called “The New Normal”.
Each phase will last a minimum of three weeks, meaning the earliest day that large venues can reopen is July 20. However, it could be even longer because each phase is also subject to last longer if the state decides that it’s necessary.
Here’s a breakdown of which businesses can reopen when:
May 18: Essential businesses, manufacturing, construction
May 25: Lab space, office space (except Boston), limited personal services (hair, pet grooming, car washes), retail (remote fulfillment, curbside pickup)
June 1: Office spaces in Boston
As soon as June 8: Retail, restaurants, lodging, additional personal services (nail salons, day spas)
As soon as June 29: Bars, arts & entertainment (casinos, gyms, museums), all other businesses except for nightclubs and large venues
As soon as July 20: Full resumption of activity at nightclubs and large venues
Boston’s major sports teams are waiting on potential plans for their respective leagues to resume their seasons. The NHL is making progress on a 24-team playoff format, Adam Silver has outlined a plan for the NBA, and MLB owners have made a proposal to the players association.
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