NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — Town and school officials announced on Monday that all evening outdoor activities and sporting events after 6 p.m. in Northborough will be postponed until further notice. This is a response to the decision by the state's Department of Public Health to elevate the mosquito-borne illness risk level in Northborough to "high" on Sept. 7, because of its proximity to Westborough.
Due to recent EEE and West Nile Virus infections in humans, Westborough's risk level was raised to "critical" on Sept. 7. The risk levels in Auburn, Hopkinton, Grafton, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Upton and Worcester were also raised to "high" due to their proximity to Westborough. These levels are expected to remain elevated until the first hard frost.
School officials are working out the details of the athletic cancellations and will release more information once it becomes available.
In addition, town officials postponed all outdoor Applefest activities scheduled after 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, including the outdoor barbecue and fireworks display. All other daytime and indoor events will continue as scheduled. More details can be found on the Applefest website.
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