HAVERHILL — The city has canceled all outdoor recreational activities from dusk to dawn due to the threat of the EEE virus.
Late this afternoon, Mayor James Fiorentini made the order, saying the state has upgraded Haverhill's EEE threat to critical.
Fiorentini said the decision will affect city Recreation Department programs and high school sports. The order will be lifted after the first hard frost of the season, he said. In particular, the Haverhill High football game scheduled for Trinity Stadium in the early evening of Oct. 5 will be affected, possibly with the time being changed.
Greater Haverhill has had several cases of EEE found in mosquitoes, humans and other animals this year. The virus can cause extreme sickness and even be fatal.
A complete report will appear in tomorrow's Eagle-Tribune.