Dale Howard Activity Center to begin phased reopening | KIFG

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The spring semester is underway on the campus of Ellsworth Community College. Over the past few weeks, the college and Hardin County have seen a drop in the number of new active cases of COVID-19. Due to steadily declining positivity rates, Dale Howard Family Activity Center (DHFAC) will begin a phased reopening beginning Monday, February 8.

Initially, only customers over the age of 18 will be able to register for one of the 10 slots available each hour thanks to the progressive approach. The gymnasium, locker rooms and all courts will remain closed. There will be no aerobics classes.

Current community members, faculty, and staff can register to use the DHFAC facilities and equipment upstairs Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Availability will be from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. These hours allow DHFAC staff to clean and sanitize the area between times when the public and students are using the facility. Members are encouraged to bring their own water bottles since the water fountains are closed. You must be a current member to access the gym and you must register online to save your spot. Neither day passes nor walk-ins are permitted.

“We think this is a good start to reopening DHFAC,” said ECC Provost Martin Reimer. “This balances both the desire of community members to use the activity center while maintaining the necessary safety measures.”

Reopening is dependent on changes in COVID-19 positivity rates and state and federal guidelines. If rates increase or mandates change, Ellsworth could be forced to close DHFAC again. If rates continue to fall, ECC will consider easing restrictions further. Current public members will not be charged during this phased reopening. In addition to these mitigation efforts, current COVID-19 policies will be enforced in accordance with state and local guidelines. To visit ECC.iavalley.edu/DHFAC to register to use the activity center.

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