by Brent Frankenhoff
With the Jensen Center’s early shut-down to the public, just days prior to Governor Ever’s Safer at Home order in March and our staff’s continued following of hygiene and distancing guidelines, we’re confident that the Jensen Center is as virus-free as possible, and it’s important to keep it that way.
To preserve our clean environment, and not overtax our limited resources or risk our employees’ or volunteers’ health, the Jensen Center remains closed to the public with all programs, events, and rentals cancelled or postponed through at least June 30.
As the end of the Safer at Home order neared in May, we developed a plan for re-opening the Jensen Community Center, basing it on guidelines in the Badger Bounce Back plan and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the Portage County Division of Public Health, and the Wisconsin Economic Development Council, which include:
• Practicing good hygiene and social distancing.
• Disinfecting frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.
• Asking visitors to use cloth face coverings while in public.
• People who feel sick must stay at home.
• People over the age of 60, and those who are medically vulnerable, should continue to shelter at home or avoid interacting with others.
• Using phased-in capacity limits.
During the month of June, we are contacting the individual organizers of such activities as Flight Fitness, Zumba Gold, Yoga, and more to help resume their activities here once we do re-open.
With the stricter suggestions for those over age 60, the Aging and Disability Resource Center, which coordinates our Senior Meals and Strong Bodies programs, will resume those activities when they deem it safe to do so. Once those programs resume fully, we will offer our Thursday afternoon card and board games for seniors.
Due to the challenges presented by social distancing recommendations that limit our ability to hold events in the theater, we will not be hosting concerts or Free Movies until such recommendations have passed.
We are accepting rental requests at this time for events after June 30 with the caveat that we may have to re-schedule or cancel a rental if circumstances require it.
After we re-open, we’ll continue to follow recommended hygiene guidelines, including surface and object cleaning. We’ll offer increased availability of hand sanitizer and encourage all visitors to use it and to wash their hands. When events in the theater resume, we will not serve any open concessions, such as popcorn, instead switching to individually bagged concessions and bottled beverages.
We are also looking at events to welcome the community back once we fully re-open. Please watch the Community Spirit and our Facebook page for more updates.