CHESHIRE, CT — The town has closed additional outdoor facilities, including playgrounds, the dog park and athletic fields, in response to the new coronavirus pandemic, officials announced Thursday. Town Manager Sean M. Kimball issued an executive order that closes town and school playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, the dog park and the Cheshire High School grounds until further notice.
Cheshire had its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on Wednesday and there were three positive cases as of Thursday, according to the latest numbers provided by the state department of health. Officials say there have been groups of more than 10 people gathering in close proximity in the areas that are being closed. Given the CDC guidelines and the recent positive cases in Cheshire, it became a concern and the town took action, officials said.
The executive order closing the facilities, including the turf field complex at Cheshire High School, is effective 7 a.m. on March 27. The town’s open space trails, the Farmington Greenway Linear Trail, and expansive park areas will remain open to the public, “unless and until there are gatherings of groups in close proximity at those locations,” according to the order.
Read the full executive order below: