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How COVID restrictions in Mass. impact Patriots, Red Sox games

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As concerns about the delta variant continue to mount, officials across Massachusetts have begun to implement policies designed to stunt the spread of the virus in the Bay State.

How might this affect fans attending New England Patriots games at Gillette Stadium or Boston Red Sox games at Fenway Park?

For now, there is no mask mandate at Gillette Stadium, although fans who remain unvaccinated will be asked to wear a mask inside the facility. There is currently no need for fans to prove they are vaccinated -- or to produce a negative COVID test -- to attend Patriots games, although the New Orleans Saints recently became the first team in the NFL to make such requirements.

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Beginning Aug. 27 at 8 a.m., an indoor mask mandate returns to Boston, Mayor Kim Janey announced under the city's five-step plan. 

This does not apply to Fenway Park, but the ball club is advising fans currently deemed "high risk" under CDC guidelines not to attend games.

Fenway Park has been open to full capacity since May 29. 

The Patriots played one preseason game at Gillette on Aug. 12, but won't play there again until their regular season opener against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 12.