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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 novel 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 summer activities and programs are underway.

Based on Governor Baker’s COVID-19 Order No. 13 that took effect 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.
  • Visitors must wear masks or face coverings, in alignment with the Governor’s emergency order on May 1.
  • 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 social 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 are only permitted if their owner holds an Explore More Pass or Stick with Hale Permit. Leash dogs at all times and remember to properly bag and dispose of pet waste. Additionally, all dog owners and dogs should practice social distancing, and should provide appropriate space for others and/or their dogs to pass when necessary. Social distancing for dogs means that dogs not part of the same household should be kept at least six feet apart and avoid interacting with other dogs and other 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 dog. 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

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 on-site public events are canceled until further notice. Visit our Events page for details.

Summer Programs

Hale Day Camp and Hale Summer Club are on hiatus this season, but it’s still summer! From beach time to boating, learn more about activities and programs you can enjoy with your family.

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.