HINGHAM MARITIME CENTER COMPREHENSIVE COVID-19 PLAN
Please find below the most recent set of preventative measures that Hingham Maritime Center, Inc. (HMC) is taking to comply with the mandatory safety standards for operation in the COVID-19 reopening period. These measures reflect the protocols required by the Massachusetts reopening plan and are therefore subject to change as public health conditions change.
Documents used to guide development of the HMC COVID-19 Plan:
1) MA EEA Workplace Safety and Reopening Standards for Recreational Boating Businesses – Phase III, Step 1 dated July 3, 2020.
2) MA EEA Workplace Safety and Reopening Standards for Businesses and Other Entities Providing Outdoor Adult Sports, Supervised Youth Sports Leagues, Summer Sports Camps – Phase III, Step 1, dated July 6, 2020.
3) MA EEA Memorandum, Boating & Various Other Marine and Inland Waterway Related Activities – Phase II
4) MA EEA Memorandum, COVID-19 Outdoor Recreation Facility Restroom Cleaning Best Practices
5) MA Child and Youth Serving Programs Reopen Approach dated June 8, 2020 (selected sections)
This document will cover general rules to be followed on Barnes Wharf by staff and participants, as well as program-specific rules for limited sailing and rowing programs. Should HMC be in such a position to convene additional or other activities on the wharf, this document will be updated to include protocols for those activities at that time.
Please check back on our site for updates. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. Wishing you and your family all the best as we navigate this storm together.
GENERAL COVID-19 RULES FOR THE WHARF
Thank you for reading and respecting these rules so that we can provide a safe environment for our staff and all program participants.
- Only staff and program participants are allowed on the wharf. No parents/guardians or volunteers allowed. One exception: there is a narrow stretch along the west side of the wharf where public access remains. However, signs will clearly communicate that face coverings and social distancing are mandatory, and portable bathrooms will not be available to the general public.
- No congregating allowed. Picnic tables and other gathering sites will be removed or will be for staff use only, as needed. Pavilion will be used in inclement weather with social distancing spacing maintained.
- Practice social distancing by maintaining at least 6 feet between yourself and others.
- Face coverings must be worn at all times on the premises: wharf, boathouse, portable restrooms, ramp, docks, parking lot, etc.
- Face coverings may be removed only when inside a boat that has launched off the dock.
- Boathouse is only accessible to staff.
- New traffic patterns must be observed on the wharf. There will be one-way traffic on the ramp to the dock. Person on the dock has the right of way. Person on the wharf should wait until the ramp is clear.
- As of August 1, 2020, all visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:
- Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
- Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts.
- If your COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, visitors, and residents must quarantine until they receive a negative test result.
- Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day.
- The current list of COVID-19 lower-risk states includes
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
For general program questions or non-urgent questions about HMC’s COVID-19 preventative measures, please email the HMC staff at email@example.com.
If you or your child is an active participant and you have urgent COVID-19 concerns, please email HMC’s Designated COVID Manager, Katie Manning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: As a COVID-19 precaution to minimize non-essential personal contact, the boathouse will not have administrative staff present this summer, and the HMC office phone will only be for emergency outgoing calls. Participants and parents/guardians should NOT call the phone expecting an answer.
YOUTH SAILING PROGRAM
Current programming is only being extended to experienced youth sailors and is in the form of two morning and two afternoon classes. It is at HMC’s sole discretion if a child is experienced enough for a given course. Opti classes will be two hours in length, including rigging time, with enough time in between classes for staff to disinfect equipment. The Quest/Zest class in the afternoon is almost three hours in length and equipment will be disinfected at the end of the day. Strict pick-up/drop-off, disinfecting, personal hygiene, and social distancing protocols will be adhered to.
Group size is limited to 12 in Phase II, therefore we will only have a maximum of 10 children per session. Each session will have two dedicated instructors. These instructors will be teaching multiple sessions. This group will remain together for the duration of the session, forming its own sailing “pod”. Should one instructor display COVID-19 symptoms or be diagnosed (see policy below on sickness), we will have back-up instructors either from a different session or a backup list that we will call to fill-in for that session, and only that session.
For the Quest/Zest class, two children from the same household will be allowed to sail a single boat if at least one of the children is an experienced sailor, as determined by HMC staff. Similarly, two children from the same household may sail an Opti together if they meet the weight and experience requirements.
Please find below our Program Protocols in regards to sailing programs offered at this time.
YOUTH ROWING PROGRAM
Current programming is only being extended to experienced youth rowers who can row single shells and is in the form of both morning and afternoon sessions, three or five days/week. It is at HMC’s sole discretion if a child is experienced enough for a given course. Classes will be two hours in length, including launch/return time, with enough time in between classes for staff to disinfect equipment. Strict pick-up/drop-off, disinfecting, personal hygiene, and social distancing protocols will be adhered to.
Group size is limited to 12 in Phase II, therefore we will only have a maximum of 10 participants per session. Each session will have two dedicated instructors. These instructors will be teaching multiple sessions. This group will remain together for the duration of the session, forming its own rowing “pod”. Should one instructor display COVID-19 symptoms or be diagnosed (see policy below on sickness), we will have back-up instructors either from a different session or a backup list that we will call to fill-in for that session, and only that session.
There are also limited doubles available for same-household rowers, with both rowers needing to be experienced, as determined by HMC staff.
Please find below our Program Protocols in regards to rowing programs offered at this time.
ADULT ROWING PROGRAM
Adult rowing courses will be offered two days per week within each session. Classes are two hours in length with a maximum of 10 participants and two instructors. Adult participants will be asked to follow the same safety protocols as the youth rowers, including wellness checks online forms, handwashing, face coverings, social distancing, waiver signing, etc. Rowers must be experienced singles rowers, as determined by HMC staff.
Please find below our Program Protocols in regards to rowing programs offered at this time.
We are asking all parents of program participants and adult participants to read and sign the HMC General Liability Waiver with COVID-19 Addendum as a way to demonstrate recognition of these unique and important protocols given the public health crisis we are currently facing together. We will also be asking parents to sign-off on use of 60%+ alcohol-based hand sanitizer as a backup to hand-washing. Please go over these new protocols with your child in advance of the program so that he/she is aware of how things will look and feel a little different this summer. This will go a long way in helping staff to conduct instruction as normally as possible if the children are familiar with the new protocols in advance. Thank you for your cooperation and for helping to keep our sailing and rowing community safe during these unprecedented times.
At Home BEFORE Drop-Off
- Every day, within 60 minutes prior to arriving at HMC, we are requiring parents/guardians to complete an online HMC COVID-19 Wellness Check form to document that your child has not shown symptoms or come in contact with anyone with COVID-19. We will be asking adult participants to do the same for themselves. Please click the hyperlink to see what that form looks like and what you will be required to share. The form will serve as part of the check-in process for the day, as well as provide us a record of attendance for contact-tracing purposes should the need arise at any point.
- Other actions we ask you to take at home before leaving for HMC:
- Please be sure you/your child uses the restroom and washes hands at home right before coming to HMC as the portable restroom is for use by staff. Participants will only be allowed to use them in the event of an emergency. See disinfecting protocols below for more information on how and when portable restrooms will be cleaned.
- Apply sunscreen. HMC staff cannot apply sunscreen to your child.
- Pack hand sanitizer. Ensure your child knows when to use it.
- Eat a full meal before arriving. No snacks allowed.
- Children are required to have their own Personal Floatation Devices (“PDFs” or life vests) for sailing programs.
- Pack a small dry/waterproof bag with one or two water bottles, as necessary. There will be no water available on the wharf to drink. Bag must be clearly labeled and must be a dry/waterproof bag as it will be attached to the child’s boat. Bags will stay with the child at all times, as no unattended personal items are allowed on the HMC property.
- Do not bring electronics or anything unnecessary to the wharf.
- We ask that you arrive as close as possible to your designated arrival time. If you arrive early, please remain in your car and wait for staff to come to you.
- When you arrive at HMC, there will be cones and signs to guide your vehicle into the drop-off line. If the drop off area is crowded and you cannot pull in, please drive by and turn around (to try to enter the drop-off line a few minutes later) so traffic is not backed up on the street. Please pull into the line of cars in the circle and remain in your car until you pull up to the check-in spot where dedicated check-in staff will greet you (in a face covering). Staff will ask you to roll down the window where your child is sitting. It would be very helpful if the child is sitting on the passenger side of the car. Please REMAIN in the car through this process. The staff will confirm electronic receipt of the online “HMC COVID-19 Wellness Check” form, and then will signal for your child to exit the car. Please note that we will not be taking temperatures at drop-off; however, if your child is showing ANY of the symptoms we will be screening for, we will ask you to take them home for the day.
- Your child must have a face covering on to exit the vehicle. Once your child has been invited by check-in staff to exit the vehicle, please pull out of the circle so the next car may pull up. Note: Because classes are limited to 12 people in Phase II, including the two assigned instructors, there will be no more than 10 children in a session, and therefore, in a drop-off window.
- Once the child has exited the vehicle, the Instructor #1 will escort the child to a hand-washing sink to wash hands and dry with disposable paper towel, then on to Instructor #2 in the group’s meeting spot. At the meeting spot, each child will have an assigned spot clearly delineated with a number to help maintain at least 6-feet of social distance. Once all children have arrived, both instructors will guide kids in a socially-distant manner to gather equipment and head down to the docks to their clearly delineated assigned, numbered rigging/launching/docking stations.
- We have spray-painted 10 designated spots on the docks as rigging/launching/docking spots for the sailboats and rowing shells. Each child will be assigned the same spot throughout the session. Participants will rig/prepare their boats from these socially-distant spots.
- Face coverings must remain on until each child has launched off the dock in his/her boat. In the event a child loses his/her face covering, HMC will have extra disposable masks in such an emergency.
- To maintain social distancing, staff will use cleats to assist boaters with launch/retrieval or boat readiness. Exemptions will be made for ADA compliance and in emergencies where staff may break social distancing protocols to ensure participants’ safety.
- Instructors will be in separate launches coaching the youth sailors and rowers around the harbor, as they would in regular instruction.
- Upon arriving back at the dock, children will put on their face coverings, exit their boats, and remain at their designated spot until the instructors lead them back up the wharf in a socially-distant line (6 ft apart) to the hand-washing stations. They will wash hands before waiting on the wharf to be picked up.
- At pick-up time, each child will be sent to their vehicle as it pulls up in the pick-up line.
- Please REMAIN in your vehicle.
- Please pull away as soon as your child is safely buckled in the car to make room for the next car.
In the event a child is not picked up on time, the child will be directed by staff to an isolated area on the boathouse porch where he/she will not be in contact with any other participants or staff and will need to wait there for a parent to arrive. PLEASE make every effort to be punctual. Staff must be available in between classes to sanitize equipment, and we cannot guarantee that a child will have staff with him/her while waiting for pickup.
We understand that we are asking a lot of our participants and their parents/guardians this year. We ask that you please review these guidelines with your child prior to registering. In order to keep all of our participants and staff safe, we need all of our participants to adhere to the guidelines we have presented. In the event that we feel a participant’s actions are endangering the health and safety of other participants and staff, we reserve the right to send them home for the remainder of the session.
Staff must complete a COVID-related training program with HMC oversight before they may work on the wharf.
DEDICATED COVID MANAGER
HMC has a dedicated COVID Manager – Katie Manning, Director of Sailing. Our COVID Manager will be the point person for urgent COVID-related issues that arise. HMC has a step-by-step procedure for when a participant displays COVID symptoms during a session. Please see COVID-19 Illness Protocols below.
HMC will appoint a staff member to be the Disinfecting Manager. While any staff member may be trained and asked to clean, The Disinfecting Manager will be responsible for training staff to clean and disinfect, overseeing the cleanings/disinfections, and scheduling the staff around the cleaning/disinfection schedule. This person will also ensure the daily cleaning/disinfection logs are completed and stored electronically. See Disinfecting Policies below.
DAILY WELLNESS CHECK
Before coming to work, preferably within 60 minutes prior to arriving at Barnes Wharf, staff are required to complete an online HMC COVID-19 Wellness Check form to document that you have not shown symptoms or come in contact with anyone with COVID-19. Please click the hyperlink to see what that form looks like and what you will be required to share. The form will provide us a record of attendance for contact-tracing purposes should the need arise at any point.
Staff must adhere to social-distancing rules and maintain 6-feet of distance from one another and program participants at all times, with the exception of emergencies or urgent first aid (see Other Important Topics below).
HMC will provide face coverings for staff, or staff may bring suitable face coverings from home as long as they adequately and securely (i.e., they don’t constantly fall down, such as a loose Buff) cover nose and mouth. Staff should wear face coverings at all times on the wharf, in the boathouse, in portable restrooms, and on the dock. The only time when staff is not wearing a face covering is when in a boat by oneself. For the few staff members whose shift includes lunch, face coverings may be removed while eating as you will be socially distanced at designated staff tables (and no participants will be on site). If sharing a launch, instructors must maintain 6-feet of social distance and wear a face covering, gloves, and eye protection.
Staff should immediately wash hands upon arriving at work and continue to do so regularly throughout the day. Wash basins and soap will be provided. Staff should also wash hands before leaving the wharf for their protection as well. Hand sanitizer will also be provided as backup.
Staff belongings must be kept in a bag labeled with his/her name and left in a dedicated and pre-assigned area near or at the boathouse and not within immediate reach of the program participants.
HMC will provide staff with face coverings, disposable gloves, hand sanitizer, protective eyewear, and PPE coverings for Disinfectant Manager.
Staff should wear gloves as appropriate when touching shared equipment or disinfecting.
Staff should handle paperwork electronically, to the extent appropriate, using the computer in the boathouse or personal devices if mobile shared access is appropriate and/or available. If paper must be used, documents should be digitally scanned and stored at the end of every day. This includes cleaning logs, daily wellness checks, attendance records, etc.
Staff members inside the boathouse must wear face coverings and practice social distancing of at least 6-feet when inside. If two or more staff must handle or retrieve larger-sized equipment inside the boathouse, they should wear face coverings and remain as socially distant as possible. Clear ingress and egress markings will be made for staff to follow.
Lunch, and other breaks between classes, and disinfecting should be staggered and social distancing should be maintained. Designated tables for staff will be available under the pavilion for lunch breaks.
Only one instructor per launch boat. Once launched from the dock, the instructor may remove face covering. Face coverings must be put back on before docking. If for some reason two instructors must share a launch, face coverings and protective eyewear must be worn and 6-feet social-distancing must be adhered to. No more than two instructors per launch.
The Disinfecting Manager will be responsible for overseeing daily cleaning and disinfecting of high touch surfaces, shared equipment, launches, and restrooms. Various staff members will be trained and will help execute the cleanings.
Regular sanitation of high touch areas such as workstations, equipment, doorknobs, railings, restrooms will be in effect. At a minimum, these will be cleaned daily, if not more often with use.
Logs will be maintained that record date, time, identifier of item cleaned, scope of cleaning for the following. An electronic log has been created for this purpose. If paper logs are kept, they will be scanned and/or digitally recorded at the end of each day, for record-keeping purposes:
- Shared Equipment (e.g., optis, rigging, etc.)
- High-touch Areas (e.g., boathouse surfaces such as doorknobs and railings)
A complete Disinfecting Protocols plan will be provided to staff and specific training will be provided on it.
“Cleaning” refers to the removal of dirt and impurities, including germs, from surfaces. Cleaning includes, but is not limited to, wiping of surfaces, vacuuming, sweeping and mopping carpets and floors, and removing visible debris. Cleaning alone does not kill germs.
“Disinfecting” works by using chemicals to kill germs and viruses on surfaces. This process kills more germs and viruses than sanitizers. A cleaning product is used first, then the surface is disinfected.
CLEANING AND DISINFECTANT PRODUCTS TO BE USED
For cleaning, Simple Green and Salt Away will be used to clean equipment and portable restrooms. A diluted bleach solution will be used for oar handles.
For disinfecting, HMC will use Rescue, a disinfectant with hydrogen peroxide as the active ingredient. Rescue is approved by the FDA for use against coronavirus (EPA registration number 74559-9). It will be sprayed on surfaces and requires 5 minutes of surface contact time to be effective. Rescue also eventually breaks down into water and hydrogen, limiting environmental impact.
Staff will be provided with appropriate PPE coverings to complete the task of disinfecting: face coverings, protective eyewear, disposable gloves, and disposable medical gowns.
Launches will be disinfected after every trip. The Disinfecting Manager will ensure the disinfection of the launches after instructor(s) have safely left the dock area. Each disinfecting will be recorded in the electronic cleaning log. VHF radios used by the staff will likewise be disinfected.
Boats and other shared equipment will be thoroughly disinfected after every use. The Disinfecting Manager will ensure the disinfecting of the boats after session participants and instructors have safely left the dock area. Each disinfecting will be recorded in the electronic cleaning log for record keeping purposes.
Boathouse doorknobs, railings, lockboxes, etc. will be disinfected twice per day – once at lunchtime and once at the end of the day. Inside the boathouse, workstations and any shared staff equipment will be disinfected. All employees, except the staff who is disinfecting, must leave the areas before disinfecting commences. Each disinfecting will be recorded in the electronic cleaning log for record keeping purposes.
There will be one portable bathroom on site. The portablebathroom must be cleaned and disinfectedtwice per day, once at lunchtime in between sessions and once at the end of the day, after the second session departs. HMC will follow the guidelines set forth in MA EEA Memorandum, COVID-19 Outdoor Recreation Facility Restroom Cleaning Best Practices, dated May 18, 2020.
COVID-19 ILLNESS PROTOCOLS
The following describes HMC policies for participant and staff exposure and/or positive testing for COVID-19. Adherence to these policies is of the utmost importance in order to continue with our programs for the summer. “Individual” means any HMC staff or program participant.
All individuals who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 according to the CDC (e.g., due to age or underlying health condition) are asked to stay home and/or work from home during this time. A current list of high-risk categories is available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html
HMC PARTICIPANT/STAFF PRE-ATTENDANCE CHECK
To participate in HMC programming or to work on site, all individuals must attest that they show no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days prior to the start of programming. Current list of symptoms can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. As of June 8, they include:
- Fever of 100.0 or higher
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
All individuals must stay home if feeling ill or displaying COVID-19-like symptoms. Individuals should disclose such illness to HMC’s COVID Manager. HMC will have back-up staff called up to cover for regular staff’s absences if needed. If backup staff are not available, HMC will cancel the session for the day or until backup staff can be onboarded. Testing of other workers may be recommended consistent with guidance and/or at the request of Hingham Board of Health. Confidentiality will be used at all times.
HMC PARTICIPANT/STAFF EXHIBITS SYMPTOMS FOR COVID-19
If an individual exhibits COVID-19 symptoms while on-site, they should promptly inform the instructors and COVID Manager and must leave the wharf and return home. If instructors notice a child exhibiting symptoms, HMC will err on the side of caution and isolate the child and call the parents to pick up the child immediately. Parents must agree that their cell phones must be on and accessible at all times while the child is at a session. The COVID Manager may take the individual’s temperature using a no-contact thermometer if symptoms appear during session hours. In an extreme emergency, 911 may be called. Confidentiality will be used at all times.
HMC PARTICIPANT/STAFF CONTRACTS OR TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, the COVID Manager should be notified so that safety protocols can be initiated. The COVID Manager and/or designated HMC staff will notify the Hingham Board of Health (HBOH) of any confirmed case and will work with HBOH and the positive individual to determine the date of symptom onset and when the individual may have been on the wharf while symptomatic.
Using attendance logs, HMC will determine who had close contact with that individual and notify those people. Confidentiality will be used at all times. A class may be cancelled depending on the particular case, time of onset of symptoms, and general direction from the HBOH. See HMC Staff/Participant COVID Response Plan below.
Any individuals who test positive for COVID-19 may not return until after they self-quarantine for 14 days. Individuals that test positive must have a note from their physician and proof of a negative test before returning to work.
See HMC Staff/Participant Covid-19 Response Plan below.
HMC PARTICIPANTS/STAFF WHO HAVE HAD CLOSE CONTACT TO A POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE
All individuals who have come into close contact with another individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 should report this to the HMC COVID Manager and will be directed to self-quarantine for 14 days from the last date of close contact with that individual. The Hingham Board of Health will be consulted for guidance on what part of the program can continue safely for unaffected individuals.
In addition, if any individual is contact-traced outside of the HMC program, likewise, that individual should notify the COVID Manager and self-quarantine for 14 days or until a negative test result is received and documentation shared with the HMC COVID Manager. The Hingham Board of Health will also be consulted in this scenario to help navigate the particular case.
See HMC Staff/Participant Covid-19 Response Plan below.
HMC STAFF/PARTICIPANT COVID-19 RESPONSE PLAN
In the event HMC is notified that an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 and has recently been on the wharf and in contact with HMC staff or participants, HMC will:
- Alert the HMC COVID Manager, Katie Manning, to assess the situation and lead the response. If the Designated COVID Manager is unreachable for any reason, the backup COVID Manager, Dana Donnelly, will be contacted by staff. If Dana is not available, Sturt English, President of the Hingham Maritime Center Board of Trustees, will be contacted by staff.
- The HMC COVID Manager or designated HMC staff will alert the Hingham Board of Health and work with HBOH to address the situation.
- With guidance from HBOH, HMC will determine all possible individuals who had potential exposure. Attendance / Wellness Check logs will be used to identify such individuals.
- While maintaining all required confidentiality, and in collaboration with the Hingham Board of Health, HMC will communicate to all of these individuals that they had potential exposure and ask that they follow CDC guidelines for exposure, including testing or self-quarantining for 14 days.
- If a confirmed case of COVID-19 occurs amongst participants or staff, HMC will temporarily close for 24 hours to allow for deep disinfection.
- HMC will clean and disinfect all campus areas and infrastructure that may have been exposed to the positive individual per CDC guidelines.
- HMC will then determine what additional communication about this exposure is necessary and appropriate to share with HMC stakeholders.
RETURN TO WORK PLAN
Any individuals who test positive for COVID-19 may not return until they self-quarantine for 14 days or have documentation of a negative test and a note from their physician before returning to work. Hingham Board of Health may also be contacted to confirm the person’s documentation and return to work/participation.
OTHER IMPORTANT ITEMS
SIGNAGE AT FACILITY
HMC will post visible signage for all staff and program participants outlining important health, hygiene, and safety information for reference throughout the facility.
Floating docks may be used for Quest/Zest programming, but otherwise will be closed at this time.
There will be no swim tests this year. Instead, all participants, youth and adult, will be asked to sign the HMC Swim Self-Certification Waiver. For youth, this waiver will signify that the participant has passed the swim test at HMC in previous years (because all participants will be experienced) and still meets the requirements of the test. For youth coming from other programs and adult participants, please read the waiver carefully and signify your ability to meet the requirements specified.
While HMC will take every precaution to limit physical contact with participants in our programs, the nature of rowing and sailing may necessitate rescue efforts during an emergency. If there is an emergency where a participant is in danger on the water or otherwise, HMC staff will break the social distancing protocol to do what is necessary to assist the participant and bring him/her to safety. In addition, HMC is upgrading its boarding ladders on launches from rope to metal to make it easier to board in the event of an emergency.
HMC instructors will administer general first aid as necessary to program participants. In the case of a non-emergency situation, participants can opt to handle the first aid at home. Parents and guardians can indicate this preference on behalf of a child participant by emailing email@example.com at the time of registration. If first aid is administered at HMC, the participant and instructors must wear face coverings and the instructor must wear gloves, whether the injury is a cut requiring a band aid, an ice pack, or any other similar minor injury.
HMC will follow a strict carry-in/carry-out trash policy this summer. Please inform your children that if they have any trash to throw away, they should pack it in their dry bags and bring home for disposal.
HMC will be diligently checking weather reports. HMC will operate in most weather and will run alternative on-land activities in some inclement weather conditions. Please dress appropriately. If there is any indication of severe weather, HMC will send mobile alerts to families as soon as possible to say the program has been canceled for the day. Signing up for these mobile alerts will be mandatory for participants, and will be done at the time of registration through our online booking program, Bookeo. We will have to be more cautious than usual in these decisions as HMC only has limited capacity to shelter children in place in emergencies and maintain social distancing protocols. In the event severe weather presents itself unexpectedly, boats will be brought in and parents/guardians will be asked to pick up their children immediately from HMC. Please know that safe sheltering will be a priority over social distancing if necessary. On days of potential severe weather, we will ask parents to stay within five miles of HMC in case of class cancellation. We again will do our best to get ahead of these events, but also ask parents and guardians to team up with us to be proactively engaged around weather this summer and keep everyone safe. No make-ups will be offered this season due to COVID-19 regulations and strict scheduling protocols.
Per HMC’s Barnes Wharf lease agreement with the Town of Hingham, the public is granted access to the wharf by a narrow strip of land along the western edge of the wharf. The public does not have access to the docks or the buildings. Portable restrooms on the wharf are not available to the public. If the public does come onto Barnes Wharf, they are asked to follow all COVID-19 protocols including wearing face coverings, keeping physically distant of others, and practicing hand washing hygiene.
CANCELLATION / REFUNDS
Unfortunately, HMC will not be able to provide refunds or partial refunds this summer season for any reason. We realize this seems a bit stringent, but given the restrictions we are operating under, we cannot open our doors without covering our overhead costs, which registration fees help to cover. This will be noted in the registration process. Thank you for your understanding and continued support of HMC.
While this document may not cover each and every scenario that can play out, we ask that everyone act in the spirit of the protocols outlined and know that the HMC COVID Manager is always available for consultation if anyone has a question. HMC thanks you for your continued support of our organization during these unprecedented times.