Friday March 13 2020 Coronavirus cancels our events - - - - - - - - - - - - - Letter from Mike Debonis - - - - - - - - - - - - -From: Mike, GMC Executive Director
As the spread and impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continue across the globe and locally, the health and safety of our members, volunteers, visitors, and staff is the highest priority for the Green Mountain Club. GMC is following recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with state and local health officials.
Based on these recommendations, the Green Mountain Club is implementing a plan to keep people safe while maintaining core operations. As we work to limit the spread of this virus, there will be impacts to GMC activities and events, and we want to share some important updates with you now. We will update our website and social media to reflect further changes, and you can always find the most up to date information on our website.
Events: All Green Mountain Club organized in-person events have been canceled for the remainder of March and for the month of April. This includes all in-person presentations, workshops, and outings. We will invite any canceled Taylor Series presenters to participate in next year’s program and will look to reschedule canceled workshops during the hiking season. All registrants for March/April workshops will receive a full refund. The status of public events scheduled to occur starting May 1, 2020, will be evaluated on a periodic basis.
Camps: Our rental camps will remain open, but please be aware that these rustic cabins are not disinfected after use. If you need to cancel your reservation, you will receive a full refund; please contact our Visitor Center by calling (802) 244-7037 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for cancellations.
Visitor Center: Green Mountain Club’s Visitor Center in Waterbury Center will be closed until further notice. Our Visitor Center staff will still be available by phone or email to answer all of your hiking questions. Please call (802) 244-7037 or email email@example.com.
Online Store: Green Mountain Club maps, publications, and merchandise will still be available in our online store and will continue to be shipped once a week.
Memberships & Donations: Staff will be operating with limited time in the office, which may result in delayed check and membership card processing. If you are looking to renew your membership, renewing online will result in the fastest processing.
Volunteers: All office volunteers are on pause while the Visitor Center is closed. Field volunteers will receive further instructions from the appropriate GMC staff liaison soon.
Staff: All GMC staff are working and available by phone or email during normal business hours. Work-related travel has been limited, staff is able to work from home as needed, and meetings have been changed from in-person to virtual.
Please know that the Green Mountain Club will continue its work to ensure that our trails and backcountry facilities will be maintained and prepared for this hiking season, and we look forward to the days of hiking ahead.
Thank you for your patience and support during this difficult time and my best wishes to everyone. We will send more updates as the situation changes.