More steps toward normalcy


It was good news to learn last week that Rome and Utica city halls will officially reopen beginning Tuesday, June 1. Also getting a green light to reopen will be senior centers.

Rome Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo and Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri made the announcements.

The re-opening plans follow conversations with local and public health officials, both mayors stated. In regards to reopening senior centers, both Izzo and Palmieri said they have been “extensively engaged” with health officials since last fall, as the issue involved the most vulnerable COVID-19 population.

In order for senior centers to reopen, they must craft reopening safety plans and implement appropriate measures to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

The reopening plans from each respective senior center must be approved by the county Health Department prior to the center reopening.

The reopening of the city halls is another strong step toward normalcy in the conduct of municipal affairs.

Susan Streeter, executive director of Copper City Community Connection, 305 E. Locust St., said she received the “OK” to open the center Monday, May 24.

And as for the senior centers, we’re sure many of the members are looking forward to enjoying again the company of friends and the indoor activities that can resume. Good for them.


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