Temporary Pause in Operations
Wayland & Natick, MA
Temporary Pause in Longfellow Health Clubs' Operations
Dear Longfellow Members,
Myke and I have been working together with you and our members to create a center for health and happiness in our community for forty years. From the beginning of the coronavirus health crisis, Longfellow and our staff have taken the lead in doing everything we can to ensure that our environment, facilities, and equipment are safe and healthy. We had hoped beyond hope that we could somehow find a way to keep our clubs open in order to serve the health needs of our community and ensure the jobs of our staff.
Unfortunately, recent events have compelled us to make the most difficult decision we have ever had to make. In consultation with our Management Team, staff, members, and community leaders, we have decided all facilities operated by the Longfellow Health Clubs will institute a two week temporary pause in our operations.
As you know, the coronavirus epidemic has become a pandemic, and the situation in Massachusetts continues to get worse every day. As a result of the continued growth of the number of Massachusetts residents who now have Covid-19, Governor Baker has banned gatherings larger than 25 people in an effort to stem the coronavirus outbreak in the state through April 6. He also ordered a three-week suspension of all public and private schools, until April 6. Here is what Governor Baker had to say today:
“The facts on the ground have changed,” Baker said. “Now that we have evidence based on the testing results that we have community transmission in seven counties in Massachusetts, I think at this point in time it’s particularly appropriate we not only move on the school closures, but also that we get a lot more aggressive around other places and spaces that people gather.”
Baker said he was amending earlier guidance banning gatherings of 250 people or more to 25, including all community, civic, public, leisure, and faith-based events, as well as sports games with spectators, concerts, and conventions. It also covers fitness centers, private clubs, and theaters.
This is what this decision means to our community:
For two weeks beginning at 9:00 pm tonight, March 15, no member or client will be allowed in any Longfellow facility until this suspension is over. We hope to be open again on April 7, and we will watch closely what Governor Baker’s next steps will be in the coming weeks. We will look for online and other options to support our members in maintaining their health during this community crisis. Longfellow will be in regular contact with our members as we all work through this unbelievable crisis.
Today is the darkest day of Longfellow’s long history. We are so sorry that we cannot meet the health and wellness needs of our community for this hopefully short pause. We know how important Longfellow, our programs, and staff are to our members. We all feel terrible that the club cannot be used for the next two weeks. Seeing the doors closed and the building empty for the first time since it opened up in 1972 is devastating. We know that this decision has an even bigger negative impact on our staff members. Not only will this temporary suspension leave a major hole in their lives, but this decision leaves them temporarily without a job. We feel terrible about this whole crisis and we are 100% committed to opening up our beloved clubs as soon as possible. We believe that by working together, our nation, state, community, and club can defeat this deadly virus.
We will keep you on our minds every day as we work to find ways to rebuild and re-open our precious clubs. We thank you for all you have done to make Longfellow one of the top health and tennis clubs in the US.
We all hope and pray that Longfellow will be fully operational soon and that you and your families will remain healthy at home.
With gratitude and eternal hope,
Laury Hammel, President
Myke Farricker, General Manager
The Longfellow Health Clubs
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