Alfond Youth and Community Center takes extra safety precautions

WATERVILLE — The Alfond Youth and Community Center opened its doors on June 12 with extra safety precautions to protect community members.
Listening to the concerns and suggestions from seniors, families, and visitors has been the center’s priority to constantly survey the safety needs while following the state, local and federal guidelines.
The newly renovated AYCC features large round circles painted on the pavement outside, reminding people to maintain a six-foot distance, along with a large sign that has cues for what’s expected.
Upon entry, visitors have their temperature taken and are asked to complete a health assessment test by trained staff, who are required to wear facial coverings for the safety of themselves and others.
From the entrance to the pool, through child care and up to the fitness center and indoor track are directional arrows and spatial distancing signs as a reminder to adhere by their safety guidelines. Staff diligently wipe door handles and railings and disinfect spaces throughout the building with electrostatic sprayers.
The wellness center’s workout equipment is spaced appropriately, with hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes in reach. Each workout area has a corresponding capacity limit posted on the door and members are required to wear masks in all high traffic areas as well as when proper spatial distancing cannot be maintained.
The AYCC’s dedication, spirit and passion to fulfill their mission to help kids, families and seniors who need them is still alive, officials there said. “Being the hub of the community and a safe haven for youth, they remind us every day that we are better and we are stronger when we come together in the face of hardship; the organization’s enhanced safety measures emphasizes an electrifying notion that ‘we’re in this together’ to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” the AYCC said.