As EEE Danger Diminishes, UMass Amherst Ends Ban on Evening Outdoor Events

AMHERST, Mass. – With colder weather limiting mosquito activity, a ban on evening outdoor events at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will be lifted on Friday, Oct. 18, according to Don Robinson, executive director of the university’s Environmental Health and Safety department.

The dusk-to-dawn prohibition on outdoor events has been in effect since Aug. 14, when the risk level for Eastern equine encephalitis was elevated to high by state health officials following the deaths of two horses in neighboring Belchertown.

Earlier this week, Amherst town officials decided to end the local ban on nighttime outdoor activities. Robinson said university officials conferred with town and campus health experts before deciding to follow the town’s lead in lifting the ban.