Central Gardens To Delay May 1 Opening
Normally Central Gardens would open its gates for the season on May 1. But this is no normal time and out of an abundance of caution its board of directors has decided to delay the opening due to the coronavirus situation. Data from the governor’s office, the CDC, and local city officials will all be taken into account to determine when visitors can be safely welcomed back into this pristine and beautiful public garden.
Volunteers can still access Central Gardens on a staggered schedule basis. We have identified the following safety measures to protect all of our valuable helpers as they ready the grounds for its eventual opening:
- Until the garden is open to the public, someone will open the East gate for you to enter. You will be shown an area to work in and a task to be done. The bathrooms will not be open, so please plan accordingly.
- Use hand sanitizer when entering and preparing to leave the garden. A cleaning station will be set up just outside of the Mother Earth Workshop (MEWS).
- Social distancing is important. Please remember to keep a distance of at least 6 feet from others.
- You are encouraged to bring your own garden tools. If you do not have these, there will be garden tools available in the greenhouse (attached to the MEWS) and outside of the building. You are free to use these tools. Prior to using them, they should be cleaned with disinfecting spray at the cleaning station. The main building of the MEWS should only be entered by approved individuals.
- Bring your own work/garden gloves, water bottle and sunscreen if desired.
- Families signing up should indicate how many plan to come so we can safely assign volunteers to separate work areas.
And of course, do not volunteer if:
- You have experienced symptoms that could be related to COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
- You have been around anyone who has COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
- You are not feeling well.
The Board is committed to opening the gates for the season as soon as it is safe to do so. We know that Central Gardens will be a place of healing and security for many as we deal with a “new normal.”
We look forward to seeing you soon, but until then, be safe and healthy.