The New England Patriots will host the first game of the season at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, September 13. We’ve all been waiting to see how the Pats will do without TB12. We knew we wouldn’t be allowed to watch the game as spectators in the stands this month, but maybe more than a few diehard fans were planning on cheering on their beloved team from the parking lot during a tailgate party to remember.

However, it looks like that dream has now gone up in smoke. The restrictions placed on the Patriots extend far beyond the field and reach as far as the parking lot. Fans will not be allowed to congregate in the lot due to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Parking lots will not be open to fans for the games on Sunday, September 13 against the Miami Dolphins, or on Sunday, September 27 against the Las Vegas Raiders. There is still no word yet on how things will operate in October.

Massachusetts is still in Phase Three of the state’s four-phased reopening plan. We will remain in this phase until a vaccine or a treatment becomes available. Until then, get comfy watching football at home on the couch. Let’s hope we can still plan a big Super Bowl Party come 2021.

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