The good news: This may be the last of the disappointing announcements you get from us.
The bad news: In the interest of everyone’s health, we will not open the doors of our new home on April 6 as planned.
Truly, once the call came to limit gatherings to fewer than 10 people, this decision was inevitable. And the more we all try to stay home, the faster the spread of the coronavirus will find its end.
Projecting a new opening date would be fruitless, but nothing lasts forever. As soon as public health officials give the okay, the beautiful new Center at Belvedere will be there for you with your favorite programs and a schedule full of fantastic new ones. You and your friends can catch up in the many comfortable spaces indoors and out—including Greenberry’s Coffee Co.
We’ll be ready, because we have our Certificate of Occupancy and the building is ours! The movers are still coming early next week and computers and server and phones should be operational at The Center at Belvedere on Tuesday. And, yes, the project architects, builders, suppliers, and movers are all taking precautions to protect both workers and the new building.
If nothing else, the coronavirus has shown how vital we are to one another. While The Center is temporarily closed, our hope is that you will reach out to others—safely!—either to offer help or to ask for it. Everyone needs to be needed. And a little cheer can go a long way in these unsettled days. Leave a bouquet or a puzzle or a meal on someone’s doorstep. Call to say hello, I’m thinking about you. Smile at the person you pass on a walk (even if you do a little sidestep to practice social distancing).
In the interim, we are turning our focus to supporting healthy aging with alternatives to on-site programming. Along with online resources we’ve shared already, look for follow-up emails and postings about how to stay physically and mentally active.
If you have questions about anything while The Center is closed, please check the website, call 434.974.7756, or email either an individual staff member or email@example.com. We will be checking messages and responding as promptly as circumstances allow.
When this situation is over, the doors of The Center at Belvedere will open wide and the celebration will be all the sweeter as we rejoice not only in our new home, but in the resilience of our community.
Thank you for being part of the vibrant Center community. We miss you. Stay safe and well until we see you again in person.