Reopening Guidelines for Covid-19

AT THIS TIME, THE FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE BEING OFFERED:

  • TRANSPORTATION FOR MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS
  • FOOT CLINIC BY APPOINTMENTS
  • LOAN CLOSET PICK UP BY APPOINTMENT 
  • OUTDOOR FITNESS CLASSES – CALL THE CENTER TO SIGN UP
  • OCTOBER NEWSLETTERS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE FRONT ENTRANCE ON SEPTEMBER 30TH
  • PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS

HANG IN THERE A LITTLE LONGER, WE HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON! 

SENIOR CENTER REOPENING GUIDELINES

THESE GUIDELINES WILL BE ENFORCED UNTIL RECOMMENDATIONS CHANGE FROM THE BERRIEN COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND CDC. REMEMBER THAT THEY WILL NOT BE FOREVER AND THEY ARE FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR MEMBERS AND STAFF, WHICH IS OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. EVERYONE NEEDS TO EVALUATE THEIR PERSONAL HEALTH ISSUES BEFORE RETURNING TO OUR CENTER AND MAKE SURE THEY WILL BE ABLE TO ABIDE BY OUR GUIDELINES. IF YOU DON’T FEEL COMFORTABLE OR CAN’T FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES YOU SHOULD CONSIDER WAITING TO RETURN TO OUR CENTER UNTIL RESTRICTIONS HAVE CHANGED.

More than ever, it is important to remember if you are not feeling well, please stay home. This is for your safety and or course is the considerate choice for everyone at our Center. If anyone comes to our Center and is then diagnosed with COVID-19, our Center will be closed for a minimum of 14 days and then return to Phase One of our reopening plan. All participants who were at our Center on the day an infected person was present will be notified to alert their health care provider. We ask that if you or someone you know who has been to our Center becomes infected with COVID-19, to immediately notify us.

It will be mandatory that everyone wear a mask at all times. There will be no exceptions to this guideline. 

Social distancing of 6 feet will be required at all times with the exception of exercising, were 8 feet is the requirement. Social distancing markers will be displayed throughout the Center, please always remember to abide by this guideline. Unfortunately, there will also be limited socializing at the Center. Everyone will be asked to go to your activity and then leave the Center. We asked that you don’t enter staff offices. If you need to talk with them, please come to their doorway to have a conversation or call on the phone when you get home. Also will be no “hanging out” at the front desk. Unfortunately, there will be no hugging at this time. Air hugs will have to do for the time being. We need to stay positive and remember that we are all back together.

We will not be accepting any donations for the Art Room/ Stitch & Chat Group, books for the library or any other items until further notice. Any monetary donations will be accepted and very much appreciated. If you would like to make a monetary donation, we would prefer a check instead of cash.

Everyone will enter through the front door where their temperature will be taken with a touchless thermometer and asked a series of questions. If someone has a temperature or answers yes to any question, they will not be permitted to enter our Center. This individual will be asked to go home and notify their health care professional. We will require that they don’t return to our Center until their temperature is normal and/or they don’t have any of their present symptoms for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. If they have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 we require them to not return for at least 14 days.

Due to social distancing space will be limited in our gym to approximately 30 people. We anticipate this could be an issue with a few of our classes. We will start out on a first come/first serve basis however, this procedure may need to change if at any time the participation exceeds the available space. Members could be told at the door that their class is already full. We ask that you don’t enter the building more than 15 minutes before your activity to allow for the previous members to exit and necessary time to disinfect the room.

Until restrictions are changed there will be no water, coffee, or snacks provided.

We will not be selling greeting cards or craft items until restrictions on common touch areas are lifted.

EXERCISE CLASSES: There will be no weights, resistive bands, drumming balls/buckets or water provided. If you want to participate in classes that require this equipment you will need to purchase it and bring these materials to class. Drumming sticks will be provided on a first come, first serve basis but it is recommended that you provide your own. There will also be no tables, coat racks or a place to put your personal belongs. We recommend that you limit the items you bring into the Center because you will need to keep them by your chair or on your person. If your class is in the gym you will need to exit through the back of the gym. If your class is in the Activity Room or Friendship Hall, you will need to exit through our back entrance.

TRANSPORTATION:We will begin with limited destinations. Medical appointments will take first priority and rides to our Center for activities will be our second priority. As time goes on the destination options will increase. We feel that when we begin this service these are the immediate needs. Riders will be called the day before their appointment and asked a series of questions to determine if at that time they are able to take transportation the next day. The same procedure will apply when they are picked up as it will if they come to the Center. The driver will take their temperature with a touchless thermometer and ask them a series of questions. If they answer yes to any of the questions they will not be able to use our transportation. All riders and drivers will wear masks or shields and only one rider will be permitted in the vehicle at one time unless the riders are from the same household. All riders will sit in the back seating area of the vehicle. Plexiglass barriers will be between the driver and the riders. All vehicles will be disinfected between riders by the driver. Due to the increased cleaning/screening time and limit of riders in a vehicle at one time, transportation volume will be decreased.

CONGREGATE MEALS: Senior Nutrition will not be serving meals at our Center until they have established a way to provide this service safely to our members.

COMMODITIES: We will continue to distribute commodities and ask that you stay in your car and have room in your trunk for our volunteers to place your box.

OUTDOOR FITNESS ZONE & WALKING TRAIL: These facilities will continue to be open for your pleasure. Please remember to bring disinfecting wipes to clean off the equipment before you use it and always keep 6 feet social distance from other people.

We plan on reopening our Center in Three Phases. Right now we don’t know how long each phase will last due to member participation needs and increased duties of the staff implementing new procedures.

PHASE ONE

  • Transportation
  • All exercise classes except Contra Dance
  • Limited Educational Programs
  • Loan Equipment by Appointment
  • Computer Lab by Appointment
  • Art Class/Greeting Card Making
  • Quilting/Stitch & Chat
  • Commodities
  • Foot Clinic by Appointment

PHASE TWO

  • Book Club
  • Library with Restrictions
  • More Educational Programs
  • Individual Craft Classes

PHASE THREE

  • Cards/Games/Bingo
  • Circuit Training Room
  • Congregate Meals
  • Additional Craft Classes
  • Social Events
  • Pickleball
  • Contra Dance
  • Greeting Card Purchasing

We understand that our procedures will be frustrating for our members, however everyone’s health will always be our first priority since our entire membership is in the high risk population for this virus. We need everyone who comes to our Center to abide by our guidelines and be patient as we implement our new operating procedures, so we can move forward to make our Center a safe and happy environment for everyone. In the words of Michael J. Fox, “during this time remember to look at the choices you have, not the choices that have been taken away from you. In them, there are whole worlds of strength and new ways to look at things.”

If you have any questions please speak with a staff member or volunteer or email our Director at directorsjlsc@comcast.net.

ALL GUIDELINES & PHASES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME

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