Anne Arundel, Harford Co. closes senior centers amid coronavirus outbreak

Posted at 2:27 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 14:48:22-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Eight Anne Arundel County senior activity centers will close indefinitely beginning Thursday evening.

The decision was made amid the coronavirus outbreak, and its impact on older adults.

Senior activity centers will only remain open for Nutrition Program participants on Friday, March 13, 2020, and Monday, March 16, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Participants can still schedule a ride through the Office of Transportation at 410-222-0022.

Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, all Nutrition Program participants will begin getting meals that can be prepared and eaten at home.

“The health and safety of residents, staff, and volunteers is always our priority,” said Pam Jordan, Director of Aging and Disabilities. “The department shares the public’s concern about this issue and will continue to align our policies and procedures with the latest recommended preventative measures.”

The department says they're working with leadership from Anne Arundel Community College to evaluate current and future programming and more information will be forthcoming. This includes working with AARP officials to identify alternative tax preparation sites.

Harford County on Thursday also announced that they would be closing their four senior centers.

The facilities in Edgewood, Havre de Grace, Bel Air and Fallston normally operate from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and as activity centers for all ages after that. The activity centers will continue normal operations at this time.