02/28/21. By Wesley Days

Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Thursday that the state of Massachusetts will move forward with the fourth and final stage of his COVID-19 reopening plan next month. 

Baker announced the move during a press conference at a local restaurant in Salem. He said the phase change will only happen, “as long as the public health data continues to get better.” As of Thursday, under his administration, Massachusetts has vaccinated more than 1.5 million of their residents. 

Starting Mar. 22, venues including Gillette Stadium and Fenway Park can invite visitors to their stadiums at 12 percent capacity. The move will come at a good time for sports fans, as TD Garden announced they will open seats for the upcoming Mar. 23 Bruins game and Mar. 29 Celtics match against the New Orleans Pelicans. 

The governor said he is making the call to move forward with his plan after carefully watching how other states handled large venue reopenings.  

Smaller indoor and outdoor venues will also get an increase in capacity, the state will allow 100 people per indoor space and 150 people per outdoor venue. The state, currently on the first step of phase 3, will move to the second step of the third phase on Monday, Mar. 1.