NEW BRITAIN – Mayor Erin Stewart announced today, that after months of closure due to the Coronavirus Pandemic that a newly renovated New Britain Senior Center has officially re-opened to the public. Modified programming became available at the Center on September 21st, 2020.
“The Senior Center is an important resource for our New Britain seniors,” said Mayor Stewart. “It’s a cherished institution among our older residents and its temporary closure was certainly felt by the attendees. I can’t begin to tell you all of the messages I received advocating for an expedited and safe re-open. It really is more than just a center, it’s a place that garners community and family. The Senior Center re-opening will hopefully provide some normalcy for our seniors as we continue in these unprecedented times.”
The Senior Center is re-opening with COVID-19 guidelines in place to keep center staff and community members safe and healthy. Senior Center staff will be sanitizing and disinfecting rooms before and after classes and masks are required to be worn in the building at all times, including during activities and exercises. Additional safety requirements have also been instituted, including: pre-registration for all classes, mandatory temperature checks before entering the building, and a modified pre-order grab and go lunch program. Furthermore, the center is not permitting nonprogramed gathering in the building or loitering at this time.
Rex Cone, the Director of the New Britain Senior Center added, “We are excited to announce that the New Britain Senior Center is opening for our Senior Members. It has been a tough few months and our members are really starting to feel isolated, so this is a great opportunity for them to safely participate in social and recreational programs. We are following guidelines given by the State and our Local Health Department to ensure everyone is safe while participating in our activities. We look forward to seeing everyone after the long layoff.”
During the temporary shutdown, the New Britain Senior Center underwent a $55,000+ renovation that included a new sound system, new lighting, stage renovations, new flooring, new countertops in the café, and all new tables and chairs throughout the facility.
Brock L. Weber Executive Aide to Mayor Erin Stewart 860.826.3304 Brock.Weber@newbritainct.gov