Massachusetts plans to reopen recreational sports
Thu, 05/28/2020 - 11:58am Heraldgroton
The latest update for reopening recreational sports was held on May 18, 2020. Massachusetts governor Governor Charlie Baker stated recreational sports would be allowed back in stages beginning on May 25.
Each of the four phases outlined by Baker will last no fewer than three weeks. Moving into the next phase will only happen if certain benchmarks are met including lowering positive CO- VID-19 test rate, lowering number of people in hospitals, fewer deaths daily, and expanded testing are reached.
Phase 1: Start
• Some athletic fields and courts can reopen.
• Many outdoor adventure activities can reopen. This includes summer activities at ski areas, zip-lines, and mountain biking.
• Most hunting, fishing, and boating activities can resume.
Phase 2: Cautious
Phase 2 will begin after the state meets benchmarks set in place. As part of Phase 2:
• All athletic fields and courts, with guidelines, can reopen.
• Public and community pools can reopen.
• Some youth sports can resume.
Phase 3: Vigilant
In the third phase, which will begin after at least three weeks in Phase 2, reopening will include:
• Youth sports can resume games and tournaments with limited crowd sizes.
• Indoor recreation (batting cages, etc.) can reopen.
• Gyms and fitness studios can reopen. The state is considering allowing personal training and outdoor classes to open sooner.
Phase 4: The New Normal
Under the final phase, large arenas and stadiums will be al- lowed to reopen. The state has yet to announce a plan to allow fans back into stadiums.
Leaders in many pro sports cities have said that fans will not be in attendance until at least 2021 in an effort to constrict the virus’ spread.
What’s already open
Restrictions on golf were lifted in early May. Courses must to continue to follow precautions put in place. Those include required tee times, 15 minute intervals between groups starting on the first tee, and the continued closure of clubhouses, pro shops, and no carts except with a handicap issue.
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