Wilton closes basketball courts for coronavirus violations

Wilton’s town-owned basketball courts were closed on July 15, 2020 due to the public not following coronavirus protection rules.

Wilton’s town-owned basketball courts were closed on July 15, 2020 due to the public not following coronavirus protection rules.

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WILTON — All basketball courts owned and operated by the town of Wilton have been closed until further notice.

The courts were closed by the Wilton Health Department due to the public’s failure to follow the rules laid out in the Reopen CT Sector Rules for June 17 reopenings.

Reasons given for closing the courts were: exceeding the maximum number of people allowed on basketball courts, little to no social distancing, and minimal wearing of masks among players and spectators.

In a message on the town’s website yesterday, First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice said a recent uptick in coronavirus cases in Wilton were attributable in part to team sport actvity.

“During the reopening phases, one goal of town decision makers is to facilitate resident enjoyment of town facilities and resources in a manner that is safe and minimizes the spread of the virus. We have been concerned about the 23 reported cases since the start of Phase 2 and other unreported cases, of which we are aware. Across the state, residents aged 29 and below comprise the largest increase in share of statewide new cases. We are seeing the same trend in Wilton,” Vanderslice said.

She noted that sports is one area of close contact among residents aged 29 and below.

“We are looking closely at what is occurring at our recreational facilities. This includes both organized activities through youth sports programs and non-organized use. On recent evenings, at any one time, there have been close to 20 residents on the Comstock basketball court. As you all know basketball requires very close contact,” she said.

The basketball courts were closed earlier this year in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. During the state’s reopening Phase 2, town and school basketball courts were reopened on June 15 for summer camp use.

On July 6, the courts were reopened for public use, subject to safety guidelines set forth by the state.

The town is conducting a detailed review of all currently operating Wilton sport programs and camps.

Upon completion of this review, a determination will be made relative to which programs will remain open, be reopened, or be closed.

Questions and comments should be directed to Wilton’s Parks and Recreation Office at 203-834-6234 or emailed to steve.pierce@wiltonct.org.

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