Our 2020/21 Winter Pandemic Plan
All onsite community programs cancelled
until further notice.
It’s safe to say most of us were caught off guard. We had our work projects all lined up. We started meeting with community partners to put Summer and Fall events in place. All of a sudden, the bits and pieces we had gathered along the way, seemed to no longer fit.
In the past our facilitators, volunteers and instructors organized gatherings, meetings, conferences and group projects for “real life” socializing. The March 17th 2020 lock-down brought about a lightening fast re-alignment of priorities, along with a gradual transition to a new way of thinking, living, connecting and working.
During the summer of 2020, our network members and associates stayed in touch by phone, email and social media. Most have needed this time to determine how an ominous pandemic would impact our lives and relationships in the longer term.
With seasonal flu and an anticipated uptick of new COVID cases, we have been advised by the Public Health Office to self isolate and minimize contact to immediate family members. Therefore, the decision was taken to wrap up any loose ends and proceed only to honour all 2020-21 existing commitments previously made with community partners.
We will cease planning activities for any new 2020-21 onsite projects and public programs in the community. Group gatherings, special events and onsite instructional activities for older adults are postponed until further notice.
Please note: over the Winter months, we’ll be re-training, learning new digital skills and building capacity for the future. The London and Area Network Co-ordinator will be connecting (virtually) with researchers, non-profit organizations, and local services boards to develop a more collaborative approach to addressing needs and providing services during this difficult time and in the near future.
We encourage our senior clients/participants and volunteers avoid crowds by sheltering at their place of residence to the maximum extent feasible. Fresh air activities (away from crowds) are encouraged. Stay close to the people on your primary/family circle. When there is a need to leave their residences for “Essential Activities” they should follow Social Distancing Requirements, which involve wearing a mask, maintaining six-foot social distancing from other individuals, washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible, using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes and regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces.