We are very excited about the recent news! COVID numbers have dramatically reduced and continue to go down every week. The rates of vaccination are up and increasing every day. Starting May 29th, after more than a year of restrictions, the Longfellow Health Clubs will now be able to operate like we did before we closed on March 15, 2020.
Traditionally, around May 29th, Longfellow has both pools open outside to celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer! This year, we will also be celebrating the lifting of COVID restrictions on businesses, by Governor Baker – with the exception of childcare.
We strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible–it’s easy, it’s safe, and it’s free! The majority of the Longfellow Staff have either been vaccinated or are in the process of being vaccinated. For your safety and the health and safety of our community, we encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Here are the list of changes that go into effect at Longfellow beginning on Saturday morning, May 29, 2021:
No one 16 years or older is required to wear masks at any time while at Longfellow–inside or outside, alone, or in groups (unless they are in a tennis clinic with younger children 15 and under).
Non-vaccinated individuals are advised to continue wearing face masks and to continue distancing in most settings indoors.
The policy for mask-wearing for children 15 and under will be updated by the CDC and Governor’s office at some point in the next few weeks. Until that time all children 15 and under are still required to wear masks indoors but are not required to wear masks outdoors.
Social distancing is no longer required for people who are vaccinated.
Saunas, steam rooms, and whirlpools will be open after May 29th. (We are beyond thrilled – WooHoo!!)
All chairs and tables will be brought back into our halls and pool areas. We encourage everyone to assemble, chat, and socialize.
Group Exercises classes and Aquatic Centers will no longer have capacity limits.
All lap swimmers must be willing to share a lane again, and lap lanes will be available on a first come, first serve basis. There will be no more lap lane reservations, beginning Wednesday May 26 in Natick and Friday May 28 in Wayland, when the outdoor pools open. Check with each club for the exact schedule of available lap lanes per hour.
We will increase the number of the tables, chairs and chaise lounges at the pool. The tables at the pool will return to a first come, first serve basis – no reservations needed.
Water fountains will be re-opened and hairdryers will be back in use in the locker rooms.
The bottom line is that Longfellow will be back to being the close and active community we were before March 15, 2020, over 14 months ago and we couldn’t be more excited to see you all again.
Laury and Myke
Excerpts from the Boston Globe, May 17, 2021
“In a major move heralding the end of pandemic-era regulations, Governor Charlie Baker on Monday said Massachusetts will lift all restrictions on businesses Memorial Day weekend, moving up the full reopening date by two months. It was a telling sign that the state is returning to something akin to normal after more than a year of death, sickness, and punishing lock downs.
As of May 29, businesses will be able to reopen at full capacity, and mask regulations that have been in effect since April of last year will be limited to just a handful of higher-risk locations. Before these changes, venues such as nightclubs and spas were slated to reopen Aug. 1 statewide and on Aug. 22 in Boston. Baker also said Monday that the state of emergency, which gave him wide latitude to impose pandemic restrictions, will be lifted June 15.”
“Massachusetts is on track to reach its goal of vaccinating 4.1 million residents by early June,” Baker said. “And this level of protection makes this step possible for the people of the Commonwealth.”
There will no longer be capacity limits on indoor or outdoor gatherings.
All businesses can operate at 100 percent capacity, and restrictions will be lifted
Bars, beer gardens, breweries, wineries, and distilleries can reopen.
Time limits, table-seating caps, and social distancing requirements at restaurants will be rescinded
Dance clubs and nightclubs can reopen. Saunas and hot tubs at fitness centers, health clubs, and other facilities can reopen, and indoor water parks and ball pits can reopen.
Street festivals, parades and agricultural festivals can reopen.
Here’s what the new measure, effective May 29, means:
Fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear a face covering or social distance indoors or outdoors except for in certain situations.
Non-vaccinated individuals are advised to continue wearing face masks and to continue distancing in most settings.
Face coverings will still be required for all individuals on public and private transportation (including ride-hailing services, livery, taxi, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail, and transportation stations), health care facilities and providers, congregate care settings, and health and rehabilitative day services.
Face coverings will also remain required indoors for staff and students of K-12 schools and early education providers.