CONTACT: Roland Martinez
Connie Swann (Parks)
SAN ANTONIO (November 6, 2020) – The City of San Antonio Department of Human Services (DHS) and Parks and Recreation Department will delay re-opening of Senior Centers until January 19, 2021, due to an increase in daily number of COVID-19 cases reported and recent elevation of the Community Risk Level to “Moderate” risk. DHS originally planned to re-open Senior Centers at limited capacity on November 9.
On September 21, with COVID-19 indicators at that time showing the lowest risk level (“Safe”) for transmission of the coronavirus, the City announced timelines for the reopening of several City services, including the Senior Centers, with plans to operate centers at reduced capacities. With the COVID-19 risk level now at “Moderate”, Senior Center reopening plans are now delayed until mid-January of next year.
The January 19 re-opening applies to the City’s 10 Comprehensive Senior Centers, operated by DHS Senior Services. Virtual programming will continue, and meals will continue to be distributed curbside on Mondays and Thursdays at these Senior Centers – West End Park, District 2, South Side Lions, Willie Cortez, District 5, Normoyle, Alicia Treviño Lopez, Doris Griffin, Bob Ross, and Northeast. Meal distribution is also done at Kenwood Community Center.
The re-opening also applies to the Parks and Recreation Department’s four Adult and Senior Centers – Commander’s House, Gill Community Center, Granados and Lions Field. Meals will continue to be distributed at Gill Community Center and Commander’s House. The City’s part-time senior centers and senior nutrition sites will remain closed until further notice.
The City of San Antonio is committed to reducing the spread of COVID-19 and has implemented protocols that prioritize the health and safety of employees, residents, visitors and those who do business with the City. The City’s Return to Work Plan is guided by the methodology and progress indicators established by the COVID-19 Health Transition Team plan.
Residents with questions about City of San Antonio services are encouraged to call 311 or visit the City’s website at sanantonio.gov.