Beginning on January 15, Boston Bruins fans that are unvaccinated will not be allowed to attend games at TD Garden.
On Monday, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced new city-wide vaccine mandates to combat a large surge in COVID-19 infections as the Omicron variant spreads. The mandates will go into effect on Jan. 15 and if you’re a Boston Bruins or any fan with tickets to the Bruins’ game against the Nashville Predators that day, you will need to show proof of vaccination to get into TD Garden for the game. Here are the vaccine mandates that go into effect then:
- Indoor dining establishments, including bars and nightclubs. Food establishments that exclusively offer food and drinks for offsite or outdoor consumption are exempted, as are “charitable food services” like soup kitchens.
- Indoor fitness facilities, including gyms, boutique fitness locations like yoga and pilates studios, dance studios, indoor pools, and other facilities used for fitness classes.
- Indoor entertainment facilities, including movie and performing arts theaters, concert venues, event venues, museums, indoor professional sports arenas, convention centers, bowling alleys, and other recreation centers.
- The policy does not apply to K-12 schools, senior centers, child care programs, and community centers. If a college or university already has required vaccinations for students and staff, the policy will not apply.
With TD Garden falling under the third mandate listed fans will no longer be able to enter with simply a negative COVID test in the past 72 hours as they have been since TD Garden opened up to Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics fans and all patrons back in May.
Due to a COVID outbreak, the Boston Bruins, as are 12 other NHL teams, are currently shut down from games, practices, and all in-person team activities. Two away games at Montreal (Saturday) and Ottawa (Sunday), and then home dates against the Carolina Hurricanes (Tuesday) and the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday were postponed and will be rescheduled soon. This means there are only four Boston Bruins home games left before the Boston vaccine mandate begins to affect fans coming to TD Garden. As of now, the Bruins are slated to host the Pittsburgh Penguins next Monday, the Buffalo Sabres on New Year’s Day, the New Jersey Devils on January 4, and the Minnesota Wild on January 6.
Per the City of Boston, these types of proof of vaccination will satisfy the entry requirement:
- A CDC vaccination card
- A digital image of your CDC card
- An image of any official immunization record, or
- A COVID vaccine verification app. Examples include Clear Health Pass, Common Pass, Key to NYC, VaxYes, IATA Travel Pass, and the Excelsior Pass.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention consider “fully vaccinated” as having one dose of a single-shot regimen, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or two doses of an mRNA vaccine such as Pfizer or Moderna. At this time, booster shots are not required under the new mandates.