Coronavirus COVID-19 Update


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We ask everyone to complete a Rower Wellness Check on the same day you plan to row at CRI.


MOST RECENT UPDATE: Tuesday, April 6 11:00 am

  • CRI received a positive pool test result this morning (Wednesday 4/7) for one group that tested and practiced yesterday (Tuesday 4/6) at CRI. Athletes in the affected pool were notified by their coach, and they will be following state guidelines for testing and quarantining. The precautions and practice structure that we have been using are designed to reduce the chance of transmission between athletes, and especially between separate pools. At this point, no further action is required from other participants, other than to continue to monitor for any symptoms. As always, if any athlete experiences symptoms of covid, they should stay home from practice and not come to the boathouse unless they can answer "true" to all of the questions in the daily wellness check.


Monday, April 5 1:30pm.  Next update - Monday April 12

  • No change  to current protocols or opening rollout.  
  • Monday, April 12 will begins Phase 2 of the CRI reopening plan, with the introduction of Adult Small Class Programs and the start of the Youth Competitive and RowBoston spring seasons.  For more information, go to Spring Opening 2021


Tuesday, March 30.  10:30AM.  Next update - Monday April 5.  

  • CRI continues it's reopening plan for doubles and team boats.  
  • The Four Oar Rule will be lifted on Monday, April 5 at 5am.  


Wednesday, March 25.  5:00PM. Next update, no later than Tuesday, March 30

  • CRI has conducted over 100 individual and pooled tests as of today.  We will continue to follow state and health authority guidelines regarding quarantine, wellness check and team activities.  This includes recently published EEA guidance regarding youth and amateur sports for the State's Phase 4 re-opening plan.
  • The MA travel advisory begins today.  The new travel advisory urges all persons entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, to quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival if they have been out of the state for 24 hours or more.
  • The advisory will not apply to anyone in the following categories:
    • Anyone who is returning to Massachusetts after an absence of fewer than 24 hours.

    • Travelers who have a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to their arrival in Massachusetts.

    • Workers who enter Massachusetts to perform critical infrastructure functions (as specified by the Federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) while they are commuting to or from or while at work.

    • Travelers who are fully vaccinated (i.e. who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR who have received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 14 days or more ago and who do not have symptoms).

    • Travelers are additionally encouraged to consult and follow the CDC’s guidelines and requirements for travel.



For previous Covid-19 CRI Updates click here




SPRING 202 Hours of Operation, as of March 22, 2021: 5am to 8pm Weekdays; 5am to 4pm Weekends.   

Somerville Sculling Pavillion: LIMITED OPEN 

Harry Parker Boathouse:

  •  First floor bathrooms: OPEN
  •  Docks:  CLOSED 
  •  Front Desk: LIMITED OPEN
  •  2nd Floor Bathrooms:  LIMITED OPEN
  •  Showers: CLOSED
  • Weight Room:  LIMITED OPEN
  •  Community Room / Ergs:  LIMITED OPEN
  • Row Studio: CLOSED
  •  Admin Offices:  LIMITED OPEN
  •  Coaches Offices: LIMITED OPEN


 Mandatory Health and Safety Measures for All Rowers/Scullers: 

  • Masks must be worn over mouth and nose, at all times, while on land and on the docks

    • You must bring your own mask - CRI will not provide or sell masks

    • Anyone who chooses not to wear a mask may lose the privilege to return to CRI

    • NEW for 2021 - Anyone rowing in a boat with more than one person (2x, 4x, bow coxed 4+) must wear a mast, regardless of vaccination status
  • No gatherings allowed at anytime on land or docks 

    • Please be mindful of time spent at hand and equipment washing stations

    • We expect our rowers to spend 10 minutes or less in any particular location on the grounds

  • Maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet as frequently as possible 

All Financial Transactions / Payments must be done online only

  • The front desk is closed and no financial transactions may be conducted in the reception tent

Bike Storage

  • Bikes may be parked & locked only at the rack in the parking lot. The rack on the Grounds is closed 

Personal Storage

  • There is no storage available anywhere at CRI - please leave belongings in your car or at home that you wont take with you in the boat

    • You are not permitted to leave bags or personal items on the dock, on the grounds or in CRI buildings

    • You must bring shoes or footwear with you in the boat 

  • Items found on the grounds may be thrown out - there will be no lost and found

Spring Opening for 2021 - Information Page


 what to expect



Follow basic health and safety measures at all times

  • Wear a mask at all times on the grounds and on the docks
  • Maintain appropriate physical distance from all other people
  • Wash your hands or disinfect them frequently
  • No Gathering / Hanging Out 



Complete a CRI Wellness Check prior to Every Row at CRI - Indoors or Outdoors

Prior to arriving, you will need to complete an online wellness check at in order to gain access to the equipment and programs.  This applies all rowers and all staff.

2 Step Check-in at the CRI Reception - indoors at the desk or outdoor desk depending on weather

All CRI rowers and staff must check in at the CRI Reception Area or at the desk under the portico at the front entrance. Checking in is required for all accessing CRI equipment and programs. 

  •  Step I - Stop at CRI reception. CRI staff will check you in by certifying you have completed the CRI Wellness Check prior to arrival
    • The CRI Wellness Check must be completed prior to gaining access to the grounds or equipment

    • We strongly recommend that you complete the wellness check prior to arrival

  • Step II - In an effort to support physical distancing CRI staff will monitor and control your access to the grounds, similar to entering a grocery store

    • It may be that you will be asked to wait until an area clears before entering the grounds - please be patient and kind

Equipment Locations

We have converted our shell trailers to outdoor storage. Single sculls are located in FOUR locations within easy walking distance of the docks Boats will now be stored/located among

  • The Somerville Pavillion
  • CRI Red Trailer
  • CRI Black Trailer
  • Racks in Eastern Boat Bay of the Harry Parker Boathouse
  • Tubby Rack (not moved)

Launching and Landing

You will launch from Docks 3 or 4 and return on Docks 1 or 2 

  • Reminder: Leave all your personal belongings in your car or keep them with you at all times. Do Not Leave anything on the docks - including shoes and footwear 

Para Launching and Landing 

  • Please launch and land between docks 2 and 3
  • Para rowers will be allowed to leave only those items and devices necessary for their personal mobility between dock 2 and 3 where they will not need to be moved or touched by anyone while they are on the water. This is intended for wheelchairs, canes, and prosthetics only





At Home

For logbook scullers reserve your boat and rowing time in IRowNow and Complete the online CRI Wellness Check


After you Arrive

Put on your awesome mask


Go to CRI Reception for the 2 Step Safety Control. 


When getting your oars

  • Wash, Rinse, Disinfect them on the gravel between the sculling pavillion and the water
  • Take them to a marked “parking space” on the Dock 3 or Dock 4


When getting your boat

  • Adjust, Wash, Rinse, Disinfect on the gravel between the sculling pavillion and the water
  • Bring ALL your belongings with you when launching.  


LAUNCH from Docks 3 or 4

  • Reminder: Leave all your personal belongings in your car or keep them with you at all times. Please do not leave personal items on the docks - including shoes and footwear


Enjoy your Row!



Land on Docks 1 and 2 ONLY; Para rowers land between docks 2 and 3 

Bring your boat up the washing area and wash it next to the Harry Parker Boathouse

  • Wash, Rinse, Disinfect your boat 

Return your boat to its assigned rack by the end time of your reservation

  • Please do not impede the opportunity for others to row by returning your boat beyond your reservation time
  • Arriving on the dock or being in the process of washing/disinfecting at the time of your reservation ending time is not considerate of others 
  • “Hot seating” on the dock in any form for anyone is explicitly prohibited 

Return your oars

  • Wash, Rinse, Disinfect oars on the gravel between the Harry Parker Boathouse and the water
  • Return them to the appropriate racks

We are excited to be rowing and are happy to welcome you back to CRI, but please do not gather before or after your row. To accommodate others, we ask you to leave once you have completed your row. 



Q. What are CRI’s current hours of operation and what facilities are open? UPDATED MARCH 22, 2021

A. Hours - Note:  Hours of operation reflect opening of in-person programs.  There is no general admittance to CRI at this time.  HOURS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE SO CHECK WITH YOUR COACH

SPRING 2021 Hours of Operation, as of March 22, 2021: 5am to 8pm Weekdays; 5am to 4pm Weekends.   

  • Somerville Sculling Pavillion: LIMITED OPEN 

    Harry Parker Boathouse:

    First floor bathrooms: OPEN
  •  Docks:  CLOSED 
  •  Front Desk: LIMITED OPEN
  •  2nd Floor Bathrooms:  LIMITED OPEN
  •  Showers: CLOSED
  • Weight Room:  LIMITED OPEN
  •  Community Room / Ergs:  LIMITED OPEN
  • Row Studio: CLOSED
  •  Admin Offices:  LIMITED OPEN
  •  Coaches Offices: LIMITED OPEN


Mandatory Health and Safety Measures for All Rowing Activities

Q. What is required to row at CRI?


  • A face mask that covers your nose and mouth to protect others and yourself 
  • A logbook or PBO reservation
  • A completed wellness check


Q. Will staff be onsite to help assist with boats?

A. The primary function of our staff is to enforce our safety certification process and control the number of people on the grounds at any one time. It is not to assist people with boats. Keeping with our tradition, please seek out a logbook partner to safely help you get your boat from its rack to the washing stations. If you need help or have questions, additional staff may be around the grounds to help. 


Q. What if someone else is not following the safety procedures?

A. Kindly remind them of our expectations to keep each other safe. Should you feel there is a need, feel free to share with an on-site staff member. At a minimum the following should always be followed

  • Wearing a face mask at all times on the grounds and when rowing in 2x, 4x and bow coxed 4+
  • Maintaining 6 feet of distance between people
  • No gatherings 
  • Personal belongings should be kept within reach at all times. 
  • Failure by anyone - Logbooker, Private Boat Owner, Staff - to follow safety protocols may result in restricted future access to CRI for an indeterminate length

If you need any help or find your community member non-compliant, please contact a member of the staff on site, the logbook captains, or any staff member including Executive Director, Ted Benford (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 


Q. What if there’s a long line to row / I don’t want to wait in line to get my boat?

A. If you chose a popular time to row, there may be a line to get onto the grounds, similar to a grocery store. Be prepared!

  • If you don’t want to wait, chose a time that has fewer boat reservations (you can view the number of reservations in iRowNow)
  • Any delays in launching will will reduce your water time but not change the time when you must have your boat back on the rack ready for the rower
  • There is no opportunity to extend your reservation, get your money back or change the terms of the time you reserved to row
  • Cooperation, Patience and Resilience are the name of the game - be kind, be helpful and be safe