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Carroll County senior and community centers announce modified building operations

Westminster Senior Activities Center / Carroll County Bureau of Aging, 125 Stoner Ave., Westminster.
Westminster Senior Activities Center / Carroll County Bureau of Aging, 125 Stoner Ave., Westminster. (Jeffrey F. Bill)

Due to the recent increasing number of COVID-19 infections and changes to Carroll County government’s meeting and gathering process, senior and community centers in the county are implementing modified operations.

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners last week announced updated restrictions regarding all gatherings and meetings involving county staff and county facilities. In awareness of increasing COVID-19 infections and in order to protect staff and the community, all county meetings or gatherings where physical distancing of six feet is not possible will return to a virtual environment.

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At each senior and community center, the number of attendees for activities such as congregate dining, exercise classes and craft classes will be limited to enable social distancing.

Pool rooms will be limited to two players per table, pickleball will not be offered, card games will not be held indoors and mahjong games will not be held. Other activities may be impacted as well.

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Masks are not required but are highly recommended for individuals who have not received the COVID-19 vaccination.

“We are taking the situation one day at a time and trying to balance both the needs of our community while considering the current guidance and then implementing procedures to protect our residents,” Commissioner President Ed Rothstein, R-District 5, said. “This decision is made out of an abundance of caution as we try to emphasize safety first without completely restricting all activities.”

Residents and center members should contact Carroll County’s Bureau of Aging and Disabilities at 410-386-3800 or call the senior center with questions or to receive more information. Senior and community center information is available on the county’s website.

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