Message From The Executive Director - Reopening Plan

Dear Members, Guests, Parents and Guardians,

 

We continue to hope that you and your loved ones are all still safe and healthy.

 

We wanted to provide you another update of our current situation. We had all hoped that we could reopen this week. However, that is not currently possible. We hope you had a chance to process Governor Baker’s Reopening Massachusetts Four-Phase Plan announced on Monday. Phase 1 is Start, Phase 2 is Cautious, Phase 3 is Vigilant, and Phase 4 is New Normal. There is a minimum of 3 weeks in between each phase and we cannot move to a new phase until the health data indicates it is safe to do so. If you have not seen Governor Baker’s Reopening Massachusetts Plan, you can get more information at www.mass.gov/reopening.

 

As far as what this means for the WCC, let me start by saying this is still a work in progress. We do not have a definite opening date yet, but at least we have more information than we did before.

 

The majority of the WCC cannot open until Phase 3. At this point, that looks like the end of June or early July, depending upon the health data and the sector specific protocols and guidelines still to come. It is POSSIBLE that our pools and Camp Whitin could open earlier but we are waiting for more guidance from the Department of Public Health and our local of Board of Health before a decision can be made. At this time, our Blackstone Valley Children’s Place childcare program is scheduled to reopen on June 29thbased on current guidance from the Department of Early Education and Care.

 

In the meantime, a limited number of staff can work on some of our WCC “Honey Do List” items under the leadership of our Head of Maintenance, Tom Clarke, that we didn’t get to finish before we closed on March 24th. This includes additional cleaning, painting, and landscaping projects.

 

The most important work we are doing right now is with our Safety Committee. This committee is working on a reopening plan that will ensure the safety of our staff, members, guests, and families by adhering to guidelines and directives from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Department of Public Health (DPH) and our local Board of Health (BOH), Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), and the Governor’s Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces and Sector Specific protocols and best practices. This plan addresses our activities and decisions related to communication, requirements of personal protective equipment (PPE), training for staff, screening and check in, social distancing, hygiene protocols, staffing and operations, and cleaning and disinfecting for all areas of our facility.

 

I will continue to update you as more information becomes available.

 

Please continue to stay safe, healthy, and enjoy time with your loved ones. Your WCC Family is looking forward to seeing you soon!

 

Stay Well,

Heather Elster, Executive Director

Message From The Executive Director - WCC Update

Dear WCC Community,
It has been about a month since we had to first close the WCC and we just wanted to take a moment to say, “WE MISS YOU”! We miss spending time together, catching up, and hearing your stories! We are looking forward to the day (hopefully soon) when we can do all of that again.
In the meantime, we hope that each of you are taking advantage of the extra time to decompress, return to old hobbies, explore new interests, and most importantly spend time with your loved ones (even it is virtually)! For those of you who are essential workers and are working harder than ever, THANK YOU! We could not do this without YOU, and we admire your courage and strength.
While the WCC is temporarily closed, the WCC family is working on some ways to stay connected virtually. Some of our Member Services Representatives and others will be reaching out to check in and see if you need anything. We can work with our wonderful community partners to help connect resources with needs in our community in case you or someone you know is struggling. In addition, our amazing instructors and teachers will be holding virtual classes to help you stay in shape and get re-connected (stay tuned for an updated schedule posted on our website). We are also diligently researching ways to clean, disinfect, and implement best practices for infection control to keep everyone safe and healthy once we reopen. Finally, our Blackstone Valley Children’s Place, Youth Outreach, Athletics, and Aquatics Departments are gearing up for our BEST SUMMER EVER! For more information, or to register for our summer camps, please visit www.WhitinCommunityCenter.com.
As of right now, Governor Baker has ordered all schools and non-emergency childcare centers closed until June 29th. We are awaiting an announcement on when non-essential businesses and organizations may reopen including fitness and community centers. The current date is May 4th. The bottom line is, these decisions are out of our control. We are hoping, as we know some of you are, for as soon as it is possible to safely reopen.
We will provide more details about possible reopening date(s) as more information becomes available. Thank you for your continued support and patience as we navigate this together. WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU ALL AGAIN SOON!
Stay safe and healthy,
Heather Elster and the whole WCC Family

Class Cancellation Policy For Inclement Weather

Aerobics/Aqua Aerobics/Spin/TRX/Barre Fusion

  • Northbridge Public Schools – 1 hr delay, all classes before 9am will be cancelled.
  • Northbridge Public Schools – 2 hr delay, all classes before 10am will be cancelled.
  • Northbridge Public Schools – Closed, all classes before 12pm will be cancelled.

 

In case of inclement weather, please check our website or call the Member Services Desk for information about cancelled classes or Whitin Community Center closings. 508.234.8184 or www.WhitinCommunityCenter.com

In Case Of Inclement Weather

Check this website or call our Member Services Desk at 508.234.8184 for information about cancelled classes or Whitin Community Center closings.