Senior Centers Opening to Public Across NW Arkansas
AAANWA is pleased to announce the re-opening of senior centers across NW Arkansas. Senior Centers will open on Monday, April 12, 2021. Due to the pandemic senior centers have been closed to the public since March 17, 2020, although centers have still been serving senior adults with curbside pick up meals, home delivered meals and limited transportation. "We are proceeding cautiously with opening centers with limited hours of operation and requiring face masks or face shields for all that enter our buildings," according to Brad Bailey, Executive Director at the Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas. Senior Centers will have limited capacity as they open to the public to accommodate social distancing while following CDC guidelines. Congregate meal service will resume with limited seating. Some locations may serve hot lunches at two different serving times to serve more seniors adults. Curbside pick up meals will still be available Monday through Friday. Times will vary by location. Angie Dunlap, Director of Senior Center Services said, "Our staff at centers are excited to have people back into our locations and offer programming for socialization, physical activity and educational programs. We will have limited capacities in all of our programming as we want to get back to some sense of normalcy in a safe way for all of our seniors and for our employees." We are hopeful that our participants will be cooperative in following our precautions and we strongly urge our seniors to get vaccinated. It is imperative that we protect each other. Please check your local senior center Facebook pages for additional information for opening plans.
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