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Posted on: August 31, 2020

Kahului outdoor basketball courts set for possible closure for two weeks

The County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation reminds the public to comply with good health and safety practices to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

The department has received complaints from neighbors near the outside basketball courts at Kahului Elementary School, including that players and spectators have not been observing physical distancing of at least 6 feet and not wearing face masks while not in active play.

Due to complaints and violations, the department is prepared to close the Kahului courts for two weeks as early as Wednesday, Sept. 2.

“Closing outdoor courts is not something we want to do, but it may be necessary if people fail to practice health and safety protocols,” Mayor Michael Victorino said. “We need everyone to understand the importance of complying with safe habits such as observing physical distancing, wearing face masks and avoiding gatherings.”

Outdoor courts are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please keep in mind that:

People who are not feeling well or experiencing shortness of breath or a fever should stay home.

Face masks need to be worn at all times unless on the court actively playing.

Everyone waiting to participate must maintain at least 6 feet of physical separation, except for those within an immediate household.

Total participants must not exceed 10 players on a court at a time.

Players should refrain from handshakes, high fives and fist or elbow bumps.

The Department of Parks and Recreation received multiple complaints about physical distancing violations and failure to wear face masks. Other outdoor basketball courts throughout the island have also been a source of concern and will be monitored to determine if additional steps are required.

For questions, contact (808) 270-7383.  For general Parks & Recreation information, please visit www.mauicounty.gov/parks.

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