Hartford suspends use of outdoor athletic fields as COVID-19 cases rise

Shaniqua Juliano

Hartford is suspending the use of its outdoor athletic fields for the remainder of the fall season as local coronavirus cases climb, the mayor’s office announced Thursday. © Photo Brad Horrigan | [email protected]/Hartford Courant/TNS Hartford, CT – 8/18/20 – Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin gives an update on plans to approach […]

Hartford is suspending the use of its outdoor athletic fields for the remainder of the fall season as local coronavirus cases climb, the mayor’s office announced Thursday.



Luke Bronin wearing a suit and tie: Hartford, CT - 8/18/20 - Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin gives an update on plans to approach the 2020-21 school year while outside Fred Wish Museum School Tuesday afternoon


© Photo Brad Horrigan | [email protected]/Hartford Courant/TNS
Hartford, CT – 8/18/20 – Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin gives an update on plans to approach the 2020-21 school year while outside Fred Wish Museum School Tuesday afternoon

Organizations will not be able to reserve the fields beyond Oct. 12, the city said.

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“We have seen significant use of our outdoor athletic fields, and unfortunately, we’ve also seen too little adherence to coronavirus protocols, including mask wearing and social distancing,” Mayor Luke Bronin said. “It’s not a decision we take lightly, but to help try to limit the spread of the virus in our community, we will be suspending the use of athletic fields and canceling reservations after this Monday.”

Over the past two weeks, Hartford has seen an average of 11.9 new daily cases per 100,000 people, according to state data.

Bronin added that his team knows the decision will frustrate and disappoint the leagues and organizations that make use of Hartford’s fields.

“But our Health Department feels this is a necessary step, and I support their recommendation,” he said.

Rebecca Lurye can be reached at [email protected]

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