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Recreational programming for seniors to restart next week

The city says programming has been redesigned to meet COVID-19 restrictions
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Senior programming is returning in Sault Ste. Marie.

After months without recreational activities for adults 55+, the city is slated to resume programming at the Drop-In Centre and the Northern Community Centre on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

In a press release issued today, the city outlined how many activities have been redesigned. Many programs will be offered with a choice to attend in person or via Zoom. Pre-screenings will be conducted, masks and physical distancing will be required, and participants are asked to stay home if they are not feeling well. 

The city says group sizes will only allow for 50 participants in the building for programming at one time.

Additional measures include:

  • Program offerings reflect those that best fit within permitted activities, timeframes and cleaning requirements.
  • Limited equipment sharing or lending
  • Designated pedestrian traffic flow and distance markers 
  • Designated entrances and exits to decrease close interactions
  • Hand sanitizer stations available throughout the buildings for frequent personal use
  • Frequent sanitization of facility rooms, hallways, washrooms and high frequent touch points 

Participants asked to arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to the start of programming to avoid congestion, and will also be asked to bring their own supplies whenever possible.  

Since May, Senior Services has offered programming via telephone and video conference in order to keep seniors connected and healthy.