Please be advised that after lengthy discussion with the Board of Health and Athletic Director Bob Rodgers, and in accordance with DEP guidelines as well as the Board of Health’s recommendation, last night the Board of Selectmen lifted the field closure restriction at the WHITMAN HANSON REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL only. All remaining fields in Hanson will continue with the Dusk to Dawn closure until the first hard frost. The Selectmen, Board of Health and School District reiterate the need for self protection and strongly urge all residents to use repellent, as well as wearing long sleeves and pants to avoid contact with mosquitoes.
The following restrictions remain in place.
Due to the potential risk of EEE to its residents and out of an abundance of caution, the Hanson Board of Selectmen voted on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 to close all Town fields including the Whitman Hanson Regional High School field from Dusk to Dawn effective immediately.
The types of mosquitoes most likely to transmit EEE infection are likely to be out searching for food (an animal to bite) at dusk, the time period between when the sun sets and it gets completely dark. The exact timing of this increased activity is influenced by many factors including temperature, cloud cover, wind and precipitation and cannot be predicted precisely for any given day. Here, the approximate time of sunset and sunrise were used to establish standardized recommendations for cancellation and morning start times of outdoor activities during periods of high EEE risk.
This does not eliminate risk nor does it alleviate the need for the use of repellents or clothing for protection from mosquitoes.
The fields will reopen upon the first hard frost.