Dear Michael, Gus, Osler and Kristine.
I hope you all continue to be safe and healthy, since my last writing. I wanted to fill you in on developments regarding property closings.
Tomorrow morning, the Trustees will announce the reopening of 70+ properties throughout Massachusetts, some of which are in the Charles River Valley portfolio. These properties will reopen on Thursday April 9. The decision was made to provide residents of the Commonwealth, where possible, with opportunities to spend time in nature during the COVID-19 pandemic and strongly encourages a ‘Stay Local’ practice. The properties which are reopening do not require staffing and did not experience overcrowding prior to the closures.
Medfield Meadow Lots and Medfield Rhododendrons will reopen on Thursday. A complete list of properties which will be reopened throughout the state may be found at thetrustees.org/COVID19
Other Trustees properties will remain closed until May 4. These properties include sites where a staff presence is required to prevent overcrowding, or where town officials have requested they stay closed. All Trustees farms will remain closed, except for curbside food pick up, to ensure the health and safety of essential agricultural staff and the food grown on these farms. While these properties remain closed for the time being, we hope to safely open them with a plan for controlled access.
We are also asking visitors to comply with social distancing guidance for health and safety, to help keep properties open during this time:
1.Limit visits to open Trustees properties in your respective town or neighborhood
2.Stay at least six feet from other visitors, including stepping aside on the trail to let others pass
3.Where dogs are allowed, keep them leashed and away from other visitors at all times
4.If a parking area is full, please come back at a less busy time.
For those who miss coming to our farms and recreational sites which remain closed, we are actively posting and providing virtual experiences on our website, Facebook and Instagram.
Many thanks for your wonderful support and spirit of partnership as we continue to navigate a frequently changing situation and manage our properties during this uncertain time. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.
All best and be well.