Putnam County seniors were welcomed back to Friendship Centers last Monday for the first time since March 13th 2020. County Executive MaryEllen Odell says the centers in Carmel, Mahopac, Putnam Valley and Philipstown reopened after 14 months because more than 90 percent of the seniors are fully vaccinated, and COVID case numbers in the county remaining low.
She acknowledged that it wasn't easy for seniors to stay home instead of going to lunch and programs with their friends, but got vaccinated as soon as it was possible.
Vaccinated seniors do not need to wear masks at the Friendship Centers, but those who have not been vaccinated still need to do so, except when they are eating. All seniors and drivers must wear masks on the Office of Senior Resources buses. Hand sanitizers are at every table and the centers are still using individual condiment packages.
Exercise classes have resumed and are held outside. When the weather requires, the classes will move indoors. Soon other recreational activities and crafts will be offered again.