The Center for Adult Activities of the City of Andalusia will officially reopen on Monday, November 1, 2021.
Governor Kay Ivey closed senior nutrition centers across the state shortly after Alabama’s first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in March 2020. Meanwhile, the AAC continued its nutrition program for seniors, offering a drive-thru meal pick-up service. and the continuation of its meals-on-wheels delivery program.
The City had the facility pressure washed, installed new flooring, installed additional exercise equipment and had other equipment repaired in preparation for the reopening.
Sonja Godwin, program coordinator, said there will be no mask requirement.
“We’re so excited to open, but we want to do it with caution,” Godwin said. “We hope we won’t have to close anymore. Although we don’t take temperatures or require masks, we’ll have some on hand if you forget yours.
“We ask you to distance yourself from society as much as possible. If you don’t wear a mask, be careful who wears it,” she said. “Some people may have health conditions that put them at higher risk than others, but still want to attend the Center and its activities.”
For those who are not yet comfortable in public places, take-out will continue to be available, but must be reserved in advance.
While the Center is reopening, Godwin said they won’t resume regular dinner dances until the COVID-19 count drops further. As of Oct. 29, the Alabama Department of Public Health has listed Covington County as a county at “moderate” risk (shown in yellow on the state map) of COVID-19 — the first time that the risk has been as low since the beginning of the summer. As of Friday, there had been 6,745 local COVID cases and 183 deaths. There were an average of 8 new cases per day in the county in October. Earlier this week, both county hospitals were still reporting COVID-positive patients.
The Adult Activity Center is open to anyone 21 or older from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Godwin asks anyone who has not used the center before to check in at the office and provide a photo driver’s license.