NEW CANAAN, CT — The town will reopen the Water Tower turf fields at New Canaan's Waveny Park "to individual and small group recreational activities" beginning on Sunday, announced First Selectman Kevin Moynihan.
By "small group," Moynihan said five or fewer people, and masks should still be worn if social distancing cannot be maintained.
The fields will be monitored from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday to ensure that people are obeying social distancing protocols.
The move to open the fields comes as the town and the state slowly began to reopen, with stores and restaurants beginning to serve customers again (outdoors) this week.
Additionally, with Memorial Day on Monday, the town has produced a video ceremony in honor of veterans that can be seen on the town's YouTube channel or at 10 a.m. on Channel 79 on Monday.
Below is Moynihan's full Friday announcement and coronavirus update:
This is First Selectman Kevin Moynihan with a coronavirus update.
The re-opening of Downtown retail stores on Wednesday and restaurants for outdoor dining today has gone well, and we are glad to be on track with Governor Lamont’s plan to re-open our CT economy in measured steps safely. I encourage you to call your favorite restaurant and make a reservation for this weekend. Please remember that Downtown on Main and Elm, Forest and Pine Streets is a facecovering-required zone when the walkways are busy and you cannot maintain social distancing from other pedestrians or diners. It will take all of us to do our part to make diners and shoppers feel safe.
As Mike Handler mentioned on his outcalls this week, the Town has begun to implement a broad-based community testing program. We have tested nearly 350 first responders, volunteers and Town employees and I’m pleased to report that we have not detected any new active cases of the
coronavirus. Voluntary testing of residents will begin next Wednesday and we will be sharing detailed instructions soon. To get tested you will need to provide insurance information and the name of your primary care physician. Anyone who is uninsured can request to be covered by Government funding.
I am also pleased to announce that this Sunday we will re-open the Water Tower turf fields at Waveny Park to individual and small group recreational activities. There will be monitors on duty from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm to maintain orderly recreation with proper social distancing and groups of less than 5 persons – no team or organized group activity will be permitted. I urge all of you to be courteous and avoid coming into close contact with others without having a face covering pulled over your mouth and nose.
Finally, I want to wish all of you an enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend at home. Unfortunately, we will not be able to see each other on Main Street for our traditional Memorial Day parade. However, we recorded a Memorial Day Ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery with VFW Post 653 for broadcast on Monday morning at 10:00 am on Channel 79. You will also be able to view it on the YouTube link at the top of the homepage of our website at newcanaan.info.