Outdoor Recreation in Monterey

The playground, basketball court and baseball field have all been reopened.  Please see below for specific guidelines for each area.

Playground:

No groups larger than 10 are allowed to gather.   Face coverings are required while in public places to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and the Safer at Home Advisory issued by the Department of Public Health issued on May 18, 2020, all persons over the age of two must wear a face covering when they attend outdoor gatherings if the circumstances of the gathering could limit their ability to maintain at least six feet of distance from others, unless they are prevented from wearing a face covering by a medical or disabling condition. All persons are likewise advised to avoid close personal contact to prevent spreading the virus.

Persons using playgrounds must maintain 6 feet from all other persons. Parents, guardians and other adults supervising children should monitor children at all times to ensure children maintain proper distancing and adhere to requirements for face coverings.

As the facility is unstaffed, parents and guardians will be required to seek alternative facilities if the playground is crowded such that social distancing cannot be maintained.  They are also advised to clean equipment before and after use. Children and adults who feel sick or are recovering from an illness may not visit the playground.  After visiting public spaces, users should use wash their hands or use hand sanitizer. Outdoor sanitizing stations are on order.  The restroom will remain closed until further notice.

Basketball Court and Baseball Field

Outdoor Sports (such as athletic fields, courts and other playing surfaces) are permitted to reopen o adult sports and supervised youth sport leagues, and other athletic activities provided that the safety measures outlined below are implemented by facility operators and activity organizers.

Programs must separate participants into groups of no more than 12, including coaches and staff. Larger playing areas and surfaces, such as athletic fields, and fullsize basketball courts, may be used by more than one group of 12 at one time, provided that adequate social distance and group separation can be maintained. To ensure group separation, groups must be spaced at least 20 feet apart while sharing a playing surface or field. Scrimmages, organized games and tournaments are not allowed for contact sports in Phase II and activities must be limited to no-contact drills and training exercises. Contact sports are those where ordinary play puts players into contact or close proximity to one another, and include, without limitation, basketball, football, baseball, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, and hockey. Games are permitted during Phase II only for no contact sports where ordinary play allows for social distancing (e.g., tennis and other racquet sports), but inter-team games or tournaments are not allowed.

Residents using the court or field are responsible for cleaning before and after use.  Hand sanitizing stations have been ordered.

For more information on Phase II reopening guidelines please visit www.mass.gov/reopening

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