Local senior centers remain closed despite state giving go-ahead to reopen


WINSTON COUNTY   - Governor Kay Ivey’s state health order issued on April 7,  has given permission for senior citizen centers throughout the state to reopen their doors Monday, after being closed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but local officials feel the attached guidelines are so strict that centers will presently remain closed.
The state did give individual senior centers the discretion of whether or not to reopen amidst the new guidelines.
“The decision to reopen the senior center for activities, except for congregate meals  (whether indoors or outdoors), should be made by each senior center manager/municipality,” according to the senior citizen reopening guidelines issued in accordance with Governor Ivey’s health order.
The guidelines suggest, for example, a municipality or senior center may poll participants only to learn there is little or no interest in returning for activities. Or, a senior center may  not have the resources, staffing, or may otherwise be unprepared to reopen for activities, the guidelines stated.
Senior centers that decided to reopen on Monday, were required to meet some very stringent guidelines.

 


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