More become vaccine eligible in Massachusetts

BOSTON — Massachusetts on Monday made about 800,000 additional residents eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine and relaxed restrictions on many business and public events.

Residents age 60 to 64 as well as hundreds of thousands of workers in essential industries including supermarkets, restaurants, public transit and funeral homes can now book a vaccine appointment.

In good news for sports fans, Gillette Stadium, TD Garden, and Fenway Park can welcome back fans up to 12% capacity after submitting a plan to the state Department of Public Health.

People coming to Massachusetts including visitors and residents returning home are now required to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival if they have been out of the state for longer than a 24-hour period. The advisory does not apply to people who are fully vaccinated.

Gov. Charlie Baker relaxed the restrictions despite advice from a coalition of public health officials urging a delay in reopening limits, saying there is a danger of another surge.

Also Monday, the state’s latest mass vaccination site at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s Back Bay became fully operational after a soft launch last week.


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