MYC  ReOpening Committee

Feb 23, 2021 Update

Committee Members are Dr. Margaret Tompsett, Dr. Homayoun Kazemi (Kaz), Joel Rottner, Tony Boynton, and David Holden (Chairman) The Reopening Committee held a Zoom meeting at 10:00am with all

members present and four out of the five members having received at least an initial COVID-19 vaccination. Members emphasized the need for the club and its members to continue to follow local, state and CDC guidelines. At present, State of Massachusetts indoor gatherings are limited to 10 persons or less and outdoor gatherings limited to 25. Discussion followed regarding surveying members as to the status of their vaccinations to assist the committee with recommendations regarding club reopening activities.

Given personal privacy concerns, any survey responses would be voluntary and without personally identifiable information. Even with vaccination, members will need to continue to wear masks as appropriate; quality masks should fit snuggly with a filter. Committee members recommended scheduling another Zoom question and answer session for the membership in the April/May timeframe when vaccinations are further along, and as additional information is available from the CDC, state, and local officials. The MYC website and calendar should be kept up to date regarding planned summer activities.


Background Notes:

  • Committee representation includes medical, legal, insurance and business backgrounds.
  • The MYC Clubhouse is roughly 1000 sq. ft. of interior space and a 300 sq. ft. outdoor deck. The clubhouse has a rated capacity under normal conditions of 50 persons. The clubhouse is cleaned once per week by a contracted person.
  • The committee recommended that our clubhouse should not be used for other than one on one activities (like club store sales) through at least the end of April.

  • The consensus of the committee was that club activities should be limited to sessions on Zoom or comparable platform, outdoor activities maintaining social distance guidelines (i.e. kayaking (each person in a kayak maintaining social distance when out of the water), sailing and boating with family only in the boat, activities on beaches (Hardings, Jackknife, Crescent) and other large gathering areas where social distance can be maintained and masks worn. Any food and drink should not be shared. Committee members recommended that a log of attendees be retained for all club activities.

  • Committee members offered guidance relative to yacht club boating activities. For kayaking and small boats (power and sail), the committee was favorably inclined as long as only family members in the vessels, masks worn when outside the vessel, no sharing of food, drink, insect spray, sunscreen, life jackets, etc., and no socialization in groups when out of the vessels. Kayaking with 10 vessels or less in the trip groupings and/or staging the departure times of groups so that social distance can be maintained given the details of the outing. Large boats (power and sail) the committee was in agreement at this time that the club should not sponsor races or outings until further information can be obtained given the history of non-family members in the crews and potential club liability.

  • Committee members recommended regular communication and updates be issued to the club members regarding club planning and decision making under the current pandemic conditions with reference to federal, state, and local guidance/requirements.