Dear Center Family,
We have been successfully offering a combination of on-site and online programs at The Center at Belvedere for seven months. Kind of amazing, all things considered. Support from all quarters has made this possible, and we are grateful every day.
Now, however, conditions are quite different from what they were last June when we resumed on-site programs. Due to the increase in Covid-19 infection rates locally, the emergence of highly contagious new variants, and the complexities of vaccine distribution, we have determined that the best way for us to support community health is to temporarily move to online-only program delivery.
On-site operations—including Greenberry’s at The Center—will end at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, January 27. Our hope is to reopen on Monday, March 1, if things are trending in the right direction.
Since the pandemic hit, we have done what we thought best to protect the health of members, volunteers, guests, and staff. We have adhered to all state, local, and CDC guidelines while providing as many ways as possible for older adults to remain active and connected. We have weighed risks and made adjustments in response to changing circumstances.
So know that we did not come to this decision lightly. We made it in recognition of our responsibility to help lessen community spread in support of the Blue Ridge Health District as it manages both a surge in cases and rollout of the vaccine. The Center’s Board of Directors, staff, and Council Executive Committee participated in deliberations and support this course of action.
It is a disappointing development, but a temporary one. By exercising the greatest caution, we are serving the greater good—and hastening the day that we are able to be together, once again, in person.
In the meantime, remember that our wonderfully broad range of programs WILL continue. Along with all of the current online offerings, look for new ones to fill the gap. You’ll find program updates on our website and in our weekly e-news.
Thank you for the countless ways you have sustained The Center and its mission through these many months of the pandemic. Your membership, volunteer work, donations, feedback, and encouragement continue to propel us forward; a healthy future awaits.
Please remain vigilant in following disease prevention practices for your sake and the sake of those around you. We look forward to seeing you all back at The Center at Belvedere soon.
Peter Thompson, Executive Director