As supporting our community is at the core of our mission, and maintaining public health is a priority, we have set new guidelines for the use of the community rooms at PSF Community Center.
Until further notice, the New Balance Community Room, Little Sprouts Community Room and Suite 103 will be available only to our tenant organizations and groups who have ongoing, regular reservations at the Community Center.
All activities in the community rooms will be limited to no more than 25 attendees. Rigorous physical activities (that generate perspiration) will not be permitted in any of these rooms. Until further notice, these rooms will not be available for one-time reservations (parties, fundraisers, etc).
Groups interested in utilizing the community rooms must submit a request to PSF Community Center.
The parking lot at the PSF Community Center and the lawn adjacent to the lobby is available to our tenant organizations as well as community groups seeking outdoor space for meetings or small gatherings. Tenant organizations and community groups who are interested in utilizing the outdoor space must submit a request to the PSF Community Center. Community groups who are not tenant organizations will not be permitted to use sound amplification or public address systems.
Prior to hosting an event in the community rooms, parking lot, or outdoor space, organizations will review the following rules, and is responsible to confirm that all persons comply with the rules.
In keeping with the Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards developed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the COVID-19 Command Center and Reopening Advisory Board, until further notice:
• All individuals in common areas and community rooms at the PSF Community Center must wear face coverings or masks.
• All individuals must remain at least six feet apart to the greatest extent possible.
• No person shall be permitted to enter the Community Center if that person is ill, has any symptoms of COVID-19 or has not completed a required or requested quarantine. Organizations hosting events in the community rooms or outdoor space are required to confirm that all attendees:
o Are not showing symptoms of fever or respiratory illness. (If you have had a fever, please do not enter the Community Center until you are free of symptoms for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicines or other symptom altering medicine);
o have not had a positive test for COVID-19 within the past 14 days; and
o have not had direct contact with a known case of COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
• All chairs shall be set up at least 6’ from adjacent chairs.
• At the conclusion of an event, organizations are required to thoroughly clean and disinfect the surfaces of tables and chairs they have used. Cleaning wipes will be provided.
• Organizations who utilize the community rooms and outdoor space should keep a list of the community members who attend each event.
• If someone who attends an event your group is hosting at the PSF Community Center is a presumptive positive for COVID-19 or is identified as a close contact of someone who is a presumptive positive, we request that you inform the Community Center immediately so that we can take the proper precautions.
The CDC recommends that you engage in the following precautions to aid in preventing the spread of cold, flu, and other illnesses that transmit this time of year:
• If you feel sick, please stay home and rest. This is the best way to avoid spreading any illness and make sure you get the rest you need to recover.
• Please wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Use Alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. (There are sinks in the restrooms on the lower level, 1st floor and 2nd floor. Hand sanitizer stations are also available next to the elevator on the lower level, 1st floor and 2nd floor).
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. Throw it away immediately and wash your hands.
As part of our standard operations, we employ professional cleaners, and we have increased the frequency of cleanings. In addition, we expanded our cleaning service to include disinfecting surfaces in our common areas and community rooms like doorknobs, handrails, tables and chairs. We ask everyone who uses the Community Center to support our efforts to keep the facility clean to reduce the risk of infection.
All organizations and all persons utilizing the PSF Community Center acknowledge that the use of the Community Center is optional, and all persons fully understand the potential risks of using the Community Center.
We will continue to monitor and follow any updates and recommendations from the CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health.