Fans react to mask mandates now in place at TD Garden

BOSTON — A new season and new rules began for Bruin’s fans at Thursday’s pre-season game against the Fliers.

“Please have proof of vaccination and ID’s ready for upstairs,” yelled a worker at the Garden as fans streamed inside.

The Bruins and the Celtics now require anyone 12 and older to present proof of full vaccination for Covid or a negative Covid test.

“I’m vaccinated... I’m not worried,” said Marco Bernasconi, who is a senior at the University of New Hampshire.

His buddy though must show a negative Covid test because after a bad reaction to the Moderna shot his doctor recommended not to get the second dose.

“I got vaccinated and I got the first shot, then I was in the ER because of my heart,” said Pat MacDougall, who is also a UNH senior.

He’s now required to get tested to be on campus.

“I have to have a negative test 2 times a week just to get into the gym and to get to class,” said MacDougall.

Some other Bruin’s fans are not thrilled with the new rules at TD Garden.

“Yeah it’s pretty annoying that I already got vaxxed, did what I had to do, and now I have to show proof to just go watch a hockey game,” said Anthony Bisceglia of Quincy.

His buddy though is not too worried.

“I’m fine with it. I’m here to see some hockey and I’ll do what they tell me to do for now,” said Tegan Folsom.

So will a young fan who has her vaccine card ready for the B’s and beyond.

“I’m going to a concert tomorrow too at Fenway so I’ll probably have to use it,” said Alyssa Catonguay.

In addition, the city of Boston requires anyone 2 years of age and older to wear a face mask inside all public spaces. That includes TD Garden unless you are actively eating or drinking.

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