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Jun, 2020

MBC COVID-19 Guidelines



The club opened on June 20th and is following the guidelines of the State of MA, Arlington Board of Health, and the CDC.

A summary of the 2020 guidelines are below. To download and read the full plan, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will you enforce mask usage?
We have a multi-layered enforcement plan involving the house staff, club management, the executive committee, and the Arlington Board of Health. We are taking this very seriously, and sincerely apologize if our wording seemed as if we weren’t. There is, obviously, an expectation of personal responsibility, and we hope that all members accept and take that responsibility seriously – but we will be there to enforce the guidelines.

Why first-come first-serve?
The first-come first-serve is a test for the first week or two, as we have no idea the volume we will have when we open. Our capacity (with socially distanced tables) is a capacity that we hit only during a few weekends and holidays each "normal" year; thus the test, rather than introducing the enormous overhead of a reservation system from the start. We have a reservation system waiting to be used in the event the capacity spikes when we open.

How will you handle work hours this season?
Member families will be required to perform three work hours this season. There will be ample work hours available. To check for work hour openings, visit our MBC Page.

2020 Guidelines

This is a summary of the 2020 guidelines. To download and read the full plan, click here. The plan is also written with the condition of evolving during our season as the COVID-19 crisis changes. Like everyone, we are not quite sure, but hope the guidelines as we progress through the various phases of MA reopening. Please take personal responsibility at the club and adhere to the guidelines set forth in the plan.

  • Masks: Per Arlington Board of Health guidelines, masks must be worn by all persons over the age of two years old. This applies to indoor or outdoor situations and includes entering and exiting the club, in all common areas, and when you cannot maintain at least six feet of distance between other members. If you are at your own table, back beach spot, or in a non-crowded area and socially distanced, you may remove your mask.
  • Hygiene/Cleaning: There will be disinfectant stations installed in numerous areas of the club. Members are also encouraged to wash their hands thoroughly at regular intervals. Staff will be cleaning frequently touched surfaces at regular intervals.
  • Protocols: There will be daily screening questions about symptoms and exposure at the front gate. There are also protocols in place with regard to anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The screening and diagnosis protocols are outlined in Appendix A of the MBC COVID-19 Opening Plan.
  • Tables/Chairs: Tables are placed 14ft apart center-to-center and each have four chairs. If you need additional chairs, please ask a house staff member. Maximum occupancy per table is six people. Please do not move tables or chairs.
  • Clubhouse: Certain areas of the clubhouse will be one way. Please follow the signs and arrows.
  • Galley: The galley will be open with a limited menu. Condiments will be in single serve packets. Place an order at the counter and leave your cell number - you will receive a text when your order is ready.
  • Common Areas: The locker room and game room will be closed initially, but will be re-evaluated as additional guidelines are released. Some games from the game room will be relocated to outdoor areas. Basketball and playground will be open with guidelines. Bathrooms will be open but showers will be closed, although the outdoor shower will still be available. Bocce is covered below.
  • Bocce: Masks must be worn at all times when on the courts; Games can be played on both courts, with buffers between league games; League teams may not enter game area until prior teams have completely vacated the area; Only the next thrower may be on or near the bench - others must be socially distanced; Wash hands before and after each game; No spectators on or between bocce courts; spectators may watch from upper railing, pavilion seating, and other vantage points as long as they maintain appropriate social distancing; Balls will be disinfected at regular intervals
  • Capacity: There will be a capacity of 250, including staff. The front gate will keep a log of everyone entering and exiting and will be responsible for capacity management. The club will operate on a first come first serve basis, and no tables may be reserved in advance. When guests are allowed, they will be allowed up to 200, after which it will be members only.
  • Guests & Parties: Starting June 29th, members may bring two guests per member family. Grandparents, nannies, and au pairs will be allowed as described in the guest policies in MBC House Rules. In future phases, we will allow up to 4 guests per member family. No parties initially. In a future phase, we may allow parties following MA guidelines and physical distancing parameters.
  • Swim/Lifeguard: There will be no swimming lessons for the 2020 season. Lifeguards will be available and swimming is encouraged, with proper social distancing both on the dock and in the water.
  • Swimming Lanes: No more than one person in a swim lane at a time.
  • Noodles & Life Vests: Noodles and life vests will not be available in the initial phase. We may re-examine this policy for later phases. Families may bring their own.
  • Back Beach: Those using the back beach area are asked to set up chairs, towels, blankets, etc. at least 12 feet apart and will be required to wear a mask (on beach only; never while swimming) if safe distancing cannot be observed. Each group will be limited to six people or less and there should be no more than five groups on the beach at any given time.
  • Sail Lessons: Modified sail lessons are being offered this season. Contact [email protected] for details..
  • Kayak/Paddleboard: Kayaks and Paddleboards will be available for use by members as outlined in House Rules. Members are responsible for watching their own children while they use kayaks and paddleboards. No more than four kayaks and two paddleboards may be in the water at the same time. Kayaks, paddleboards, and paddles will be disinfected by house staff or member volunteers after each use.

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