HOLDEN, Mass. — The Holden town manager's office has lifted the ban on night field use as of Monday, Oct. 15.
The town banned evening field use in September because of the threat of mosquito-borne illnesses Eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, and West Nile virus.
"Because we've had a frost, we've lifted the ban on the fields," acting Town Manager Jacquie Kelly said.
Although state officials had confirmed one mosquito-related death in Westborough, no cases of mosquito-borne illnesses had been reported in Holden.
The school district had also limited athletic activities to before dusk, though last week's football game at Wachusett Regional High School was an exception. This week's varsity football game vs. Shrewsbury will go on as scheduled at 7 p.m. at Hal Lane Field.
The annual Holden Townees vs. Chamber of Commerce softball game was also rescheduled because of the ban. It will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 27 at Davis Hill Elementary School.