Regarding COVID-19

Updates will be posted here and on social media as they become available.

Hale is closely monitoring developments regarding the novel coronavirus and is heeding guidance provided by the CDC, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and local boards of health.

Visiting

Hale remains open for public recreation, but roads and parking lots may be closed on any given day. Please check our homepage for the current status of roads and parking lots.

Based on Governor Baker’s COVID-19 Order No. 13 published Monday, March 23 and taking effect Tuesday, March 24, parks are not required to close. However, due to the threat of community spread, the following policies supersede our regular visitor guidelines and may be enforced in conjunction with local authorities:

  • Do not visit Hale if you feel ill or have been recently exposed to someone who is ill.
  • Gatherings of more than 10 people are not permitted. Do not convene groups of friends and family members.
  • Park only in marked spaces and return at a later time if lots are full. Hale may limit the number of vehicles in parking lots.
  • Practice social distancing during your visit (at a minimum, maintain 7–10 feet of space between other visitors).
  • Do not use playgrounds. Avoid touching surfaces.
  • Maintain good health etiquette. If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into your elbow. Avoid touching your face, and wash your hands (or use hand sanitizer) before and after your visit.
  • Dog owners are strongly encouraged to leash pets at all times and are reminded to properly bag and dispose of pet waste.

We need your help to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, staff members, and property. Thank you for doing your part to end this pandemic.

Office

While Hale’s physical office is closed, we remain open for business thanks to a dedicated team that is working remotely.  You can contact us however you would have prior to the pandemic (by email, phone, etc.), so don’t hesitate to reach out if you have a question, need to register for camp, or would like to book a program. Hale’s staff will continue to work from home until the risk of community spread is mitigated.

Events

All of Hale’s public events are canceled through April 6. Visit our Events page for details.

Summer Programs

Hale Day Camp, Hale Summer Club, and Hale Outdoor Learning Adventures currently expect to deliver all regularly scheduled programs and events this summer. Should that change, updates will be posted here and communicated directly to participants.

Giving

Our heartfelt thanks goes to everyone who continues to support Hale during this public health crisis. We are doing our best to support you in turn! As you may know, Hale began as a gift. Since March 11, 1918, we’ve relied on your generosity. It’s through your philanthropy that our programs serve more than 15,000 children and families from more than 70 communities throughout the Greater Boston Area. Now more than ever, we encourage you to make a gift to our Annual Fund.