GRAFTON, Mass. - The Board of Health gave an all-clear to outdoor activity after dusk after a hard frost reduced the mosquito population, just in time for Grafton High School's to celebrate its Homecoming weekend under the lights Friday night.
Grafton's threat level for the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus was set to high back in September after a Westborough man died from the mosquito-borne ailment. The risk factor forced the Grafton school department to shuffle its entire sports schedule to ensure that all games in town concluded by 7 p.m.
"Since the threat of EEE has significantly decreased, we are lifting our recommendation to refrain from outdoor activity after dusk," Health Agent Lois Luniewicz wrote in a new release.
The news comes just one day after Grafton Town Meeting narrowly defeated a request from the Board of Health to rejoin the Central Mass. Mosquito Project, which tests, sprays and takes other measures against mosquitoes.
Grafton High School will now play its first evening football game at home under the lights at Richard Egsegian Memorial Athletic Field, facing Oxford High School at 7 p.m.