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Amherst, UMass to Lift Ban on Outdoor Activities

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AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — With the fall season and cooler temperatures blanketing the region, the threat of mosquito-borne illnesses begins to diminish.

Because of recent decreased mosquito activity, UMass Executive Director of Environmental Health and Safety Don Robinson says that the school will be lifting their ban on evening outdoor activities on Friday, October 18.

The university put the ban on dusk-to-dawn activities in effect on August 14 after the state’s Department of Public Health raised the threat level for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) for Amherst to ‘High’ after two horses in Belchertown died of the illness.

UMass officials add that they conferred with town and campus health officials before deciding to remove the ban.

The move by UMass comes as the Town of Amherst is also set to lift their ban on outdoor evening activities on Friday.

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