Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said five state professional sports teams could reopen their training facilities on June 6 when the Boston Celtics prepare to return on Monday.
The corona virus pandemic has wreaked havoc throughout the world, especially in the United States, where the NBA, MLS and NHL seasons have been postponed since March.
The start of the MLB 2020 campaign has also been postponed because of COVID-19, which has killed more than 104,500 people in the US.
But the Celtics, Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, New England Patriots and New England Revolution will be able to return to training next month, in accordance with health and safety regulations set by their respective leagues.
“The league is clearly working hard to host the match again and I think we all hope the opening practice will make that happen a little faster,” Baker said on Friday.
“For all of us, direct sports and especially pro sports will be a great thing to see again. This is not only an important milestone for fans, but also a signal that we continue to do all the things we need to do.”
The NBA franchise, the Celtics, meanwhile, will allow individual voluntary training at the Auerbach Center on Monday.
The NBA has been absent since March, but the league is reportedly planning to restart the 2019-20 campaign on July 31.
“We are pleased that our players now have the option to exercise individually in a safe environment at the Auerbach Center, and we hope this marks a step back towards playing basketball again,” said Celtics basketball operations president Danny Ainge.
The Celtics (43-21) are third in the Eastern Conference, behind NBA leader Milwaukee Bucks and defending champion Toronto Raptors at the time of the delay.
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