The Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne and Wyoming counties has been developing a plan to reopen its Active Adult Centers for seniors.
“We don’t have an actual date for the reopening yet… We’re looking at hopefully mid-July or so to be able to get them reopened and have most of their activities,” said Luzerne-Wyoming Counties AAA Executive Director Mary Roselle.
The Active Adult Centers in Tunkhannock and Falls have been closed since March 17 in compliance with Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 restrictions on non-essential businesses.
Wyoming County entered the least restrictive green phase of the state’s reopening procedures last week. Roselle noted that Luzerne County is still in the yellow phase, where restrictions remain for senior centers.
According to Roselle, the AAA has purchased items such as glass shields and thermometers for its centers and moved furniture around to allow for social distancing.
Not all regular activities will be able to resume, and others will need to change. For instance, she said an exercise class might get divided into multiple sessions to limit the amount of people in one room.
“We’re coming up with plans now and meeting every week to see what it will look like before pushing the button to try to reopen,” Roselle said.
The AAA also sent out a survey to seniors who have been picking up takeout meals throughout the pandemic to learn about their concerns with reopening the centers.
Understanding that not all members will feel comfortable immediately returning to their center, she said takeout meals will still be an option, and they expect to continue online programs.
“We’re trying to make sure we can accommodate as many people as we can so they could feel safe,” she said.
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