SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – For the first time since March of 2020, Springfield’s senior centers are once again fully open.
The City of Springfield announced back in June that senior centers would re-open, after public health and safety measures, including updated ventilation systems, were implemented.
Springfield initially closed the senior centers alongside City Hall, the libraries, and other municipal buildings last year. Improving case numbers in June prompted the reopening of libraries with limited services.
As seniors re-entered the Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center at Blunt park, they shared their emotions with 22News.
“Joy, joy, joy, it’s been a long sixteen months,” said Marcia Crenshaw of Springfield.
The city’s Elder Affairs Director Sandy Federico held back the tears as she welcomed them inside for the first time since mid-march of last year, “It’s been so emotional for us.”
Many came for the first lunch they enjoyed together in more than a year. It was a special reunion.
Despite a recent resurgence of daily cases in the city, the senior centers have reopened as planned. Seniors are the best-vaccinated age group in the Springfield area. Right now in Hampden County, 87% of residents age 65 to 69 have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 83% of residents aged 75 and older have received at least a single dose.