PROPERTY UPDATE: We are pleased to share that we have opened 94+ properties across Massachusetts, for local use only, in order to offer more opportunities to spend time in nature during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been working with local and state officials to determine how to open some of the properties while keeping staff, visitors, and surrounding communities safe. The list of properties that will reopen do not require staffing in order to open and did not experience overcrowding prior to the closures in March.
Complete, updated list of properties to open: http://www.thetrustees.org/COVID19/open.html
In alignment with the Governor’s Stay at Home order, in which the administration encouraged Massachusetts residents to go out for walks and visit parks, for their health and wellbeing, while practicing social distancing and staying local, we strongly encourage you to visit just those Trustees properties that are in your community.
Other Trustees properties will remain temporarily closed.These are sites where staff are required to prevent overcrowding or where town officials have requested that they stay closed. Sites with narrow trail systems are also being kept closed. Although agricultural operations continue, all Trustees farms will remain closed, except for curbside food pick up at specific times, to ensure the health and safety of essential agricultural staff and the food grown on these farms. While some of the properties remain closed for the time being, we hope to safely open these with a plan for controlled access.
“Now more than ever, we recognize that offering access to our special places provides respite, solace, fresh air, and a physical outlet during this unprecedented time in our world,” says Trustees President & CEO Barbara Erickson. “At the same time, we know that it is so important that visitors follow the CDC social distancing guidelines for everyone’s safety and that they stay close to home.”
For more information including a list of all sites opening tomorrow please visit our COVID19 Response page -> http://www.thetrustees.org/covid19
Saturday, 30 May, 2020
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