BURLINGTON — The Burlington Senior Activity Center is going dark again due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The center, which serves approximately 600 seniors per month, was closed from March 2020 to April 2021 due to public health risks resulting from the coronavirus outbreak.
Operations resumed for 8 months after that, but authorities closed the facility again due to a resurgent pandemic over the anti-vaccination backlash.
“We can’t take any chances,” said executive director Patricia McNamee Rosenberg.
Rosenberg said the center has not reopened since the Christmas holidays, and it has decided to remain closed until February 28 to prevent the contagious virus from infecting customers and visitors.
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There was no outbreak in the center, Rosenberg said. But seeing a rise in infections elsewhere in the region persuaded it to close temporarily.
“It’s very sad,” she said.
Located at 587 E. State St., the nonprofit center seats approximately 75 people and attracts seniors from as far away as Kenosha and Lake Geneva.
Men and women aged 50 and over meet there for card games, yoga classes, musical performances and other activities.
Rosenberg said she hopes to resume operations on February 28.
ProHealth Care takes stricter measures
The internal policies of some health institutions in the region are becoming stricter.
Waukesha-based ProHealth Care, which has a clinic in Waterford and dozens of other locations in southeastern Wisconsinannounced on Friday that it was toughening its mask requirements.
As of Friday, cloth masks were no longer considered good enough to comply with the health system’s mask requirement. ProHealth requires surgical masks, N95 masks, or KN95 masks to be worn by those entering its facilities.
“These masks are more effective than cloth face coverings in preventing the spread of the virus,” a statement from ProHealth said.
The estimated time it takes to transmit COVID-19 from an infected person to an uninfected person is:
ProHealth said it would provide surgical masks to “anyone who needs them.”
Adam Rogan contributed to this report.