The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center will host its first big event since the COVID-19 pandemic wiped the facility’s slate clean a year ago, by drawing thousands of people to the South Boston complex in May for a youth volleyball competition.
The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority said state health secretary Marylou Sudders approved the event’s safety plan on Friday. The MCCA is getting around the strict pandemic-related limits on indoor events — the state now limits indoor meetings to 100 people, while the city of Boston goes further with a 60-person cap — because this one is being treated as a sporting event in a large-capacity venue. The new rules for venues that can accommodate 5,000-plus people allow for up to 12 percent of their regular occupancy limits. It’s under these rules, which took effect on Monday, that TD Garden and Fenway Park are opening up for sports fans.