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Regarding COVID-19

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

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

Visiting

Daily Parking Fees are in effect for the general public as activities and programs are underway. You may pre-pay this fee online or pay in person upon arrival.

Due to the ongoing threat of community spread and the increase in cases this fall, 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.
  • Visitors must wear masks or face coverings when passing others on trails, in parking lots, and whenever physical distance cannot be maintained.
  • Gatherings of more than 10 people are not permitted. Do not convene groups of friends and family members (unless you have a rental contract with COVID-19 protocols in place).
  • Park only in marked spaces and consider returning at a later time if lots are busy. Hale may limit the number of vehicles in parking lots.
  • Practice physical distancing during your visit (at a minimum, maintain 7–10 feet of space between other visitors).
  • Do not use playgrounds and avoid touching surfaces, including common holds such as rocks and trees. Consider trekking poles for balance.
  • 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.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times and owners must properly bag and dispose of pet waste. Additionally, all dog owners and dogs should practice physical distancing; provide appropriate space for others and their dogs to pass when necessary. Physical distancing for dogs means that dogs who are not members of the same household should be kept at least six feet apart and avoid interacting with dogs and people from other households. Owners should not share their dog toys, treats, or other materials with dogs from other households. Owners should supply their own water for their dogs. Dogs should not consume water from ponds or streams.

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

A skeleton staff is present at various times in Hale’s Main Office, but we are unable to serve visitors inside; instead, you’ll find a window to the left of the Main Office door where you can ask questions or drop something off. Most of our staff continues to work 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

Visit our Events page for details.

Summer Programs

Registration for Hale Day Camp and Hale Summer Club will open soon for 2021! This fall, we’re pleased to offer Hale’s Remote Learning Program for students from Westwood Public Schools and Youth Clubs for children and teens throughout Greater Boston.

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.