Council on Aging prepares for 'soft' reopening
When the pandemic began, the Council on Aging had to shift nearly all of its events and programs online — with some drive-thru events held at the center’s parking lot.
Now, the COA is set to return to some in-person programming for the first time in more than a year.
“We’re really excited to do something kind of reminiscent of the past,” Director Amy Dipietro said. “May 3 we start with a very soft opening.”
Programs returning include the center’s Monday osteo exercises, Tuesday art classes, and zumba on Wednesday — all of which DiPietro said the COA plans to hold outdoors if possible.
“The plan is to use the roundabout driveway out front,” she said. “People driving down Dartmouth street may see some things happening out front and think ‘hey, what’s going on at the Council on Aging?’”
There will also be a weekly support group for widowers and a French class that will meet twice a month.
Anyone who wants to attend in-person programming will need to call the center in advance during the month of May. Once at the center, seniors will check in at the front desk and sign into MySeniorCenter for contact tracing purposes.
Masks and social distancing will be required.
If the weather does not cooperate, DiPietro said that there is “ample space inside” to safely conduct programs. For those who are still hesitant, the COA director noted that there will still be online programs available such as the center’s weekly Zoom room.
“We’re ready to jump back in,” DiPietro said. “It should be a fun summer.”