Fans will begin to return to the TD Garden for Bruins and Celtics games next month.

After nearly a year of no fans in the stands, TD Garden in Boston has announced a reopening plan. Beginning March 22, the arena will open at 12% capacity for Bruins and Celtics games. According to the Boston Globe, "As long as COVID-19 cases continue to fall and vaccinations continue to rise statewide, venues can open at 12 percent of capacity, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced Thursday."

12% capacity will look far from normal, with about nine out ten seats empty, but it's a step forward. The arena will be following their newly introduced "Play It Safe Protocols."

Under these guidelines, fans must:

  • Stay home if feeling sick.
  • Wear a mask at all times, except when actively eating or drinking. Neck gaiters, bandanas, masks with valves or vents, and any covering with only a single layer of cloth are not permitted.
  • Physically distance.
  • Frequently clean hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • No bags or handbags are allowed.
  • Submit a completed "Play It Safe Promise" form.

For Mainers, catching a game won't as easy as it was prior to COVID. Massachusetts currently lists Maine as a restricted travel state. To enter from a restricted state, Mass. requires travelers to complete a travel form. Mainers will have to quarantine for 10 days, unless they can provide a negative COVID-19 test, with a sample taken within 72 hours of arrival to Massachusetts. Failure to complete the form or failure to comply with the quarantine, if applicable, may result in a $500 fine per day.

The first game with fans in the seats will be March 23, when the Bruins host the Islanders. Ticket info will be released soon. Tickets will be mobile only.