Basketball hoops come down in Hatfield — virus rules flouted

  • A pair of basketball backboards near the Hatfield Fire Station have been stripped of their hoops by the town Thursday after repeated violations of guidelines posted to prevent the spread of COVID-19. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • A pair of basketball backboards near the Hatfield Fire Station have been stripped of their hoops by the town, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 after repeated violations of guidelines posted to prevent the spread of COVID-19. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

Published: 8/13/2020 6:51:20 PM

HATFIELD — Basketball courts are closed and and hoops are coming down in Hatfield after repeated violations of posted guidelines, including people not wearing masks and face coverings and being within 6 feet of each other.

The Board of Health and the town’s COVID-19 team, through COVID-19 coordinator Kerry Flaherty, issued an announcement this week about the closing of the courts and the need to take down the hoops.

“It has been decided that the safest thing to do is to remove the hoops so they are not used,” the notice reads.

The courts now closed are next to the fire station, at the elementary school and at Smith Academy.

Select Board member Brian Moriarty made the announcement at the board’s meeting Tuesday.

“Hopefully it’s something that won’t take too long for people to get back on board, but for the time being the hoops are coming down,” Moriarty said.

For more information, contact Flaherty at kflaherty@townofhatfield.org or (413) 247-9200.




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