Massachusetts Outlines Plans For Recreation & Outdoor In Reopening

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According to Reopening Massachusetts in Phases, sports, recreation, and outdoor activities could begin as early as next Monday, May 25. (PHOTO COURTESY: VisualHunt.com)

By Matt Noonan

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito unveiled the state’s “Reopening Massachusetts” plan on Monday, which included the phases for sports, recreation, and outdoor activities.

According to the report, beaches, parks, and some athletic fields and courts could open as soon as next Monday, May 25. But when those places do open, the state will ask everyone to abide by the social guidance procedures, which includes covering your face with a mask, washing hands, social distancing, and being vigilant of their respective symptoms.

The second phase for recreation and outdoor activities, which is titled “caution,” would allow campgrounds, playgrounds, spray decks, public and community pools, along with all athletic fields and courts with guidelines. Youth sports could occur during this phase but in a limited fashion.

The third phase – titled “vigilant” – would allow more activities and services to take place, along with youth sporting events and games, as well as tournaments with limited crowd sizes. And the fourth and final phase – the “new normal” – would let all activities take place.

Gyms and fitness facilities can open in the third phase with restrictions and some capacities.

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