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[Last updated: Thursday, April 2, 2020]
In response to the emergency order issued Monday by Governor Charlie Baker, requiring all non-essential businesses and organizations to close, prohibiting gatherings of over 10 people, and discouraging unnecessary travel or activities, The Trustees has made the difficult decision to temporarily close all outdoor properties until further notice. This includes Crane Beach, in Ipswich, and Worlds End, in Hingham.
This follows the closure of indoor properties announced last week, also in effect until further notice. All gates and parking lots will be closed, and all are asked to respect these closures in order to help slow the spread of this serious virus. Similarly, all public programs are canceled through April 30.
As this situation continues to evolve, The Trustees is monitoring all guidance and recommended best practices to protect visitors, staff, and our special places. This is a difficult time, as individuals, families, schools, and businesses all navigate these uncharted waters together. Over the coming days and weeks, we will be working to create online content for you to enjoy from the safety of your home.
The Inn at Castle Hill, and the Guest House at Field Farm have delayed their spring opening until May 5. If you have a reservation prior to May 5, our Innkeepers will contact you to reschedule or refund your stay.
The Trustees will continue to operate agricultural operations in compliance with the guidelines issued for the care and feeding of animals, and the production and distribution of food. The properties will not be open for recreational purposes but only for the pick-up of food products. Information about ordering online from Trustees farm stands and stores for curbside pickup will be available soon, on thetrustees.org and on Trustees social media platforms.
We are aware that school closing dates and public health requirements may change between now and June. You are encouraged to register for the camp weeks of your choice. In the event that our camp schedules change due to the health situation, we will offer full refunds.
Since our founding in 1891, The Trustees has depended on the generosity of our Members, and we are very grateful to our more than 64,000 Member households for your support this year. Because of the COVID-19 situation, the Boston Membership office will be closed and administrative staff are working from home until April 6. This means we are temporarily unable to process Membership renewals that were mailed to our office on or after Monday, March 2, but we are processing online renewals. If you have recently sent in your renewal, rest assured that your reply form and remittance will be kept in a secure location until we are able to attend to them.
We are replying to telephone calls and voicemail messages on a delayed basis and encourage Members to send questions to the Membership mailbox at firstname.lastname@example.org for the fastest service.
We continue to process online gifts and encourage Members to renew on our website at www.thetrustees.org/renew.
We welcome gifts to our Annual Appeal at www.thetrustees.org/donate.
Thank you, as always, for your support of The Trustees.
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