In the coming weeks and months, all eligible individuals will be required to show proof that they’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to be allowed inside restaurants, gyms, museums, and other indoor venues in Boston.
Along with other local communities, Mayor Michelle Wu announced Monday that Boston is phasing in a vaccine requirement this winter for certain indoor venues, amid spiking cases and hospitalizations due to COVID-19
The requirement will apply to indoor dining at restaurants, including bars and nightclubs; indoor fitness centers; and indoor recreational spaces, like theaters, concert venues, and sports arenas.
The city reportedly decided to give the Boston Celtics a loophole though:
The Boston Mayor’s office just confirmed that — unlike in NYC, LA and San Francisco — unvaccinated Celtics players are exempted from the city’s mandate and can play unmasked. https://t.co/chHbtkMx2q
Prior to the season, two prominent NBA players faced not being able to play in their city's home games, the Warriors' Andrew Wiggins and the Nets' Kyrie Irving. Wiggins decided to get the vaccine to make himself eligible, while Irving has yet to play a game for the Nets this season.
The Celtics are believed to be one of the NBA teams that isn't 100% vaxxed. Josh Richardson was one player that said he wasn't vaccinated in training camp. It's unclear if he has since or if there are any other unvaxxed Celtics. The Celtics recently announced that Richardson has been placed back in Health and Safety Protocols. He joins Al Horford, Grant Williams, Sam Hauser, and Jabari Parker.
While Boston announced a vaccine mandate for indoor entertainment venues to begin next month, the mayor’s office says all professional athletes are exempt, meaning it won’t have any impact on either the Celtics or Bruins.