Basketball courts shut down as town seeks to limit community spread

Basketball courts shut down as town seeks to limit community spread

CUMBERLAND – After a week of outraged comments from residents about people playing basketball at the Tucker Field courts despite warnings not to be in close contact with others, Mayor Jeff Mutter on Monday shut down that part of the park facility until further notice.

“We need to take social distancing and limiting gathering sizes seriously,” he said. “Thank you for your cooperation.”

Mutter said he’s thankful to those in town who are taking things seriously when it comes to social distancing and not participating in gatherings of 10 or more people. He said town officials are asking everyone to be compliant with all measures to stay healthy.

“We’re in this together,” he said.

As a community, Cumberland is strong but could still be doing better, he said.

As his mom or grandma said, “If you have your health, you have everything,” said Mutter, “so these are the times we need to protect that health.” There will be a recovery, he said, “and we would like to celebrate that recovery together.” The only way to do that is to protect the health of friends, neighbors and relatives.

Mutter urged residents to be kind and compassionate during this time.

The town has put a coronavirus section on its website with links to various supports, including ways to report problems.