Dear 411 members, supporters and friends,
We are getting ready to welcome you all back. It’s been a long and difficult 14 months since we were all impacted by the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic. It’s been lonely and isolating; it’s been stressful, with so many fears of the unknowns. But, here we are now. We are thrilled that, after all the sacrifices we have each made to keep one another safe, the time has come to thoughtfully begin resuming the regular activities of the 411 Seniors Centre that bring us together.
As a public serving agency, supported by public funds, the 411 Seniors Centre Society’s trusted source of information on COVID-19 is the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, and the BC Centre for Disease Control. The 411 Seniors Centre Society follows their direction.
On May 25th 2021, the provincial government announced a 4-phase restart plan. “BC’s Restart is a careful, four-step plan to bring BC back together”. According to the Province of BC, “starting May 25, we can gradually begin to restart our important social connection, businesses and activities. Getting vaccinated is the most important tool supporting our restart”. (www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restart)
As many of you know, the activities of the 411 Seniors Centre are delivered by seniors in our membership. These volunteers operate our reception and phone responses, information and referral services, deliver and facilitate classes, workshops and special events, and they serve on committees that support the small 411 staff team. Our decisions regarding the restart of activities is guided by our volunteers. What we are hearing is that many wish to wait to come in person until they have received their second dose of the vaccine. We are also hearing that some have received their second dose and are ready to come back.
With these considerations in mind, the plan for the re-opening of the 411 Seniors Centre at #330 -333 Terminal Ave. (yes – we moved to the 3rd floor of the same building) is as follows:
June 1st – June 30th (Phase 1 and 2)
The centre re-opens to the public under the following conditions:
- Physical distancing and masks continue to be required indoors at the Centre (as per the Provincial Health Order).
- If you feel sick or unwell, please stay home. You can call us for support at 604-684-8171.
The Centre will be offering the following in-person activities at the Centre for the month of June:
- Drop-in support services, including Information & Referral services
- Free public computer use (internet and WiFi) and telephone use
- 1-on-1 tech support
- 411 committees and planning meetings (up to 10 people with a COVID-19 safety plan)
- Limited small group activities (up to 10 people with a COVID-19 safety plan)
July 1st – September 7th (Phase 3)
The earliest date we move to Step 3 is July 1.
The criteria for moving to Step 3 is at least 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with Dose 1, along with low case counts and declining COVID-19 hospitalizations.
Provincial Health guidelines:
- Masks are recommended in public indoor settings
- Engage in careful social contact
- If you or anyone in your family feels sick, please stay home and get tested immediately.
The 411 Seniors Centre plans on restarting a calendar of activities in July, including indoor group activities, classes, and workshops with a new COVID-19 safety plan in place (based on the direction of the Provincial Health Officer).
The earliest date for Phase 4 will be September 7th, 2021. The 411 Seniors staff team will be speaking with our volunteers prior to making a decision on Phase 4. Activities and protocols will be based on new COVID-19 safety guidelines and as directed by the Provincial Health Officer.
The criteria for moving to Step 4 is more than 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with Dose 1, along with low case counts and low COVID-19 hospitalizations.
Provincial Health guidelines for Phase 4:
- Masks in public indoor settings as a personal choice
- Normal social contact
- Engage in careful social contact
- If you or anyone in your family feels sick, stay at home and get tested immediately.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have stuck with us this year. We had a tremendous amount of support from volunteers and a committed membership who continued to carry us through. On behalf of the 411 Seniors staff and Board of Directors, we are very grateful for your time and service to the community. We can’t wait to see you back. We have missed you.