The city is relaxing coronavirus-related restrictions on the use of public land and courts. Some courts still do not reopen.
HINGHAM – The city’s athletic fields and tennis courts have reopened in time for Memorial Day, but don’t start planning any softball tournaments or basketball games just yet.
Sports fields and tennis courts that are not on school property are open again from Monday 25 May. Those on school property will open on Tuesday May 26th. The basketball and street hockey courts are not reopening yet.
An announcement posted on the city’s website set out guidelines for limiting the spread of COVID-19 when using land is courts:
Only contactless sports / activities without shared equipment are allowed.
Take-out games or organized games / tournaments are not allowed.
No group of more than 10 people is allowed to assemble.
Wear a face cover when you cannot maintain a 6-foot social distance from others.
Disinfect hands before and after playing.
Do not share the equipment with others.
Clean and wipe down equipment after use.
Wait outside the playing field until previous users have left the facility to ensure proper social distancing.
The gradual reopening of leisure areas such as fields is part of the State’s four-phase reopening plan. Massachusetts is currently in Phase 1, which comes with the most stringent restrictions on business and crowd size. In phase two, which could begin on June 8 or later depending on data trends like new COVID-19 case numbers, all athletic fields and courts in the state will be allowed to reopen, with guidelines. in place to encourage social distancing.
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