Last week, President Donald Trump, Gov. Doug Ducey and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised those under 60 to avoid crowds and stay home as much as possible, to protect against COVID-19 — which can be deadly for the elderly population.
Senior centers around the West Valley started taking action late last week.
Glendale announced the closure of its senior-oriented adult center on Thursday, March 12.
“The most vulnerable members of our community are our senior population. As a measure of precaution, the city will be closing the Glendale Adult Center effective Saturday, March 14 and will remain closed until further notice. The city will also be suspending senior adult classes and senior gatherings at other city facilities including Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center and our libraries,” said Jay Crandall, a Glendale spokesman.
The Glendale Adult Center had fliers giving an update on the expected closure last week. And, while not very crowded, there were still a few people enjoying the adult center’s amenities before it shuts down for the time being.
“I’ll come here until it closes, I guess we just have to be extra careful,” said Sarah Jones, who was outside the center on Wednesday, the day before the closing was announced.
“You know, keep your hands washed and things like that.”
Desert Diamond Casinos, which opened the Desert Diamond Casino West Valley in Glendale mere weeks before, also said they were implementing changes due to the virus. Extra hand sanitizing stations and enhanced cleaning procedures have been implemented in high-traffic areas, according to a press release on March 11.
However, the casino remained open, as of Tuesday, March 17.
“Our top priority is the wellbeing of our guests and team members. We are taking preventative measures to combat the potential impacts of the coronavirus at all of our locations and ensure we continue to offer an exciting experience in a safe and clean environment. We are concerned about this evolving situation and are monitoring it closely.” Treena Parvello, Director of Public Relations and Communications for the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise, said.
The city of Peoria announced the Peoria Community Center will remain open, “however, all active adult and adaptive programs will be suspended until April 12. Small private group meetings with less than eight people can continue. The Community Center hours will be adjusted to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during this time. The Resource Center will continue to operate and accept appointments.”
The city of Goodyear canceled “all recreation programs through the end of April.”
Goodyear Recreation typically has a variety of activities for seniors.
The Avondale Senior Center will temporarily suspend programming activities and transportation beginning Monday, March 16.