What spectators should know about the audience

Boston Marathon

From COVID-19 guidelines to what not to bring.

Spectators cheer for runners along Commonwealth Avenue near Newton’s “Heartbreak Hill” during the 120th Boston Marathon in 2016. Keith Bedford / The Boston Globe

It’s been a while — seriously, nearly 30 months — since there’s been a real Boston Marathon for spectators to watch in person from Hopkinton to Boylston Street.

And this year, in particular, spectators can be forgiven if they need a refresher before attending.

The 2021 race will be held Six months later than usual in the year And With a number of modifications Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. there around Two-thirds of the natural number of participants, and all of them will be required to show evidence of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test to get to the starting line.

But what about the thousands of spectators lining up for the 26.2-mile course?

Here’s what you need to know:

What are the COVID-19 guidelines?

In addition to regular safety guidelines for attending the mega event, Boston Athletic Association officials are asking spectators to take several precautions to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19.

For starters, anyone who suffers Symptoms of Covid-19 disease You should stay at home (you will still be able to. Watch the race on WBZ-TV and NBC Sports).

For those who attend, the BAA suggests some advanced measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including vaccination. They also “strongly” encourage spectators to get tested for COVID-19 before traveling to Boston and suggest wearing a mask when individuals cannot socially distance during race week.

On race day, the BAA also asks spectators and runners to consider “refraining from kissing a stranger halfway to the Boston Marathon,” referring to Wellesley College Scream Tunnel. They are also asking contestants not to accept drinks or food from spectators this year.

Indoor mask rules may vary from city to city along the route.

For example, while Boston, Brooklyn, Newton, and Wellesley have reinstated mask mandates requiring all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks in enclosed public spaces, other communities along the cycle — Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, and Natick — have postponed To clarify the guidelines.

As of late July, state officials said face coverings should be worn inside indoor public spaces by adults who are not immunized, as well as fully vaccinated individuals who may be susceptible to COVID-19 due to a weakened immune system or age, or who live in a home With someone who is at risk of getting sick.

What should I leave at home?

Then there are the usual safety guidelines, which have nothing to do with COVID-19.

BAA officials say spectators entering official event venues, or approaching course viewing areas, or course viewing areas, may be required to pass through security checkpoints and have their bags checked by law enforcement officers or contracted private security personnel.

Spectators along the course or at any of the BAA locations are not encouraged to bring the following items, which may result in delays and “enhanced screening”:

  • Weapons or objects of any kind that can be used as weapons, including firearms, knives, maces, etc.
  • Backpacks or any similar item that is carried on the shoulder.
  • Travel bags and rolling bags/rollers.
  • coolers.
  • Glass containers or cans.
  • Flammable liquids, fuels, fireworks or explosives.
  • Any container is capable of holding more than 1 liter of liquid.
  • Handbags, packages, or bulky items over 12″ x 12″ x 6″.
  • Large blankets/quilts, comforters and sleeping bags.
  • Face-covering or any loosely fitting bulky clothing that extends beyond the body contour.
  • Props (including sports equipment, military equipment, and fire equipment).

BAA officials are also asking the public not to use drones along the course.

when should Did you get there?

Depending on where you’re going and who you want to watch, BAA officials have created a grid of suggested arrival times for the October 11 race:

your location cleavage Led wheelchair for men Ladies wheelchair LEAD OPEN MEN Open lead for women
Home St. Hopkinton Started 8:02 am 8:05 am 8:37 AM 8:45 am
RT. 135, Ashland 5 kilo 8:11 am 8:15 am 8:52 am 9:02 AM
RT. 135, Framingham 10 thousand 8:20 am 8:28 am 9:07 AM 9:20 am
RT. 135, natick 15 thousand 8:32 am 8:40 AM 9:24 am 9:40 AM
RT. 135, Wellesley Midway 8:42 AM 8:50 am 9:41 AM 9:56 am
RT. 30, Newton 35K 9:06 am 9:17 am 10:16 am 10:38 AM
College Corner, Brooklyn 38K 9:15 am 9:28 AM 10:30 am 10:55 am
Boylston Street, Boston finish 9:22 am 9:35 am 10:45 AM 11:08 AM

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