CAIRO — The Jackie Robinson Boys & Girls Club will reopen its doors to children next week for the first time since March with several safety precautions in place, the club has announced.
A maximum of 33 children will be served for the first two weeks of operation when the club reopens Monday, September 14 to allow for staff and club members for become acclimated to the new safety routines. An additional 10 children will be served each week following an evaluation of the safety routines at the end of the month.
Additional children will continue to be admitted into the building each week until the club reaches a number that will be “safely acceptable” for the size of the club’s building, said club director Stephen Francis.
“We deeply miss all of our children but also realize that this will be a gradual process in restoring our operations back to its full capacity,” Francis said in an emailed statement.
Children and staff will be required to wear masks at all times and to keep six feet of social distance. Hand sanitizer will be provided.
All safety precautions will be regularly reviewed and upgraded to comply with guidance from the CDC, local and state governments and health officials, Francis said.
The decision to reopen was made at the July 20 meeting of the club’s board of directors.
Club staff have been serving children over the phone and through virtual contact since the club closed March 16.