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Genesis COVID-19 Statement

6/25/2020 |

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While the COVID-19 pandemic is not over, at Genesis we are preparing for a New Beginning! 

As we move into the summer months, Genesis staff-members are hard at work preparing to welcome you back on-site, even as we are continuing on-line programming. This information is current as of July 1 and will be updated regularly.

(Click here) to visit the list of our current program offerings. Please note many of our program offerings are different than our printed and mailed brochure for Spring and Summer 2020 due to COVID-19.


For all visitors and guests - Please do not come to Genesis if you:

  • have symptoms of illness, including cough, fever, loss of taste and smell, runny nose, vomiting or diarrhea. We will issue a full refund of fees you have paid.
  • have traveled by airline, train or bus within the past 14 days.
  • have been exposed to someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19.

Visitors are welcome to walk the grounds of Providence Arboretum at Genesis, observing social distancing. 

Groups meeting outdoors are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing of 6 feet. 

  • Coordinate your visit in advance with the Genesis office at 413-562-3627.
  • As possible, bring your own chair. A limited number of sanitized chairs will be available from Genesis.
  • At this time, we are restricting access inside Genesis buildings, including bathrooms - please plan accordingly. 
  • We appreciate your taking any beverage containers or trash with you when you leave.

For sessions held indoors, guest sign-in is required. 

  • We continue to follow Massachusetts' physical distancing guidelines and are limiting the attendance for sessions held inside in accordance with regulations.
  • We ask guests to stay 6-feet apart and require wearing a mask when indoors.
  • A surcharge is being implemented to cover COVID-19 related sanitizing supply and labor costs.


For overnight stays, in addition to the above:

  • Soap and hand-sanitizer will be provided in each guest room as well as throughout the buildings.
  • For peace of mind, we encourage guests to bring your own bed linen - sheets, blankets, pillow-cases, and bath-towels. If you prefer Genesis to provide bed and bath linen, a $20 surcharge will be added.
  • Dining seating will be arranged to preserve social distancing. Meals will be served individually at table.
  • Shower and toilet stalls will be assigned and a cleaning schedule will be posted to aide in planning your day.

If an on-site program is also being offered as an online live-stream,

you will see two registration buttons on the page. Select the option of your preference - on-site or live-stream from your home. If you are live-streaming from your home, after you register, an email will be sent to you prior to the start of the online program with Zoom access information.


We welcome any questions regarding programming or social distancing guidelines at 413-562-3627.

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