Dec 29, 2019; Foxborough, Massachusetts: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) drops back to pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Monday that all COVID-19 restrictions on Mass. businesses will be lifted starting May 29. That means large venues like Gillette Stadium, TD Garden, and Fenway Park will all be allowed to reopen to spectators at 100 percent capacity.

“The people in Massachusetts did the hard work and made the sacrifice. We are now prepared to move forward together,” Baker said while speaking at the Mass. State House Monday, via Erin Tiernan at the Boston Herald.

May 29 will mark a gigantic step toward normalcy for Mass. residents and New England sports fans. It will also mark the end of more than 14 months without arenas letting in full crowds. For the sake of the teams and the fans, the hope is now that the Bruins or Celtics can go on a deep-enough playoff run to host playoff games with packed crowds. But whenever that happens, it will certainly be fireworks for Boston fans.

Can’t wait for the backdrop of our local sports venues to look like this again:

Matt Dolloff is a writer and podcaster for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Yell at him on Twitter @mattdolloff and follow him on Instagram @mattydsays. You can also email him at