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Cary Senior Center Closed, Senior Programs Canceled in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Citizen safety cited as Town considers facility operations and event management

Post Date:03/11/2020 1:10 PM
  • Effective immediately, the Cary Senior Center is closed and all senior programs and classes are canceled until further notice.
  • Town advisory boards and commissions through March 22 are canceled as well; Cary staff and officials will limit their participation in community meetings to focus on the emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 response, citizens are encouraged to visit the Wake County Division of Public Health website.

Cary, NC -- In the interest of its citizens’ health and well-being, the Town of Cary is closing the Cary Senior Center and canceling all senior classes and programs (at the Senior Center and elsewhere) until further notice. This decision is based on recommendations from the North Carolina Secretary of Health and Human Services, since our senior population includes those 65 and over, who are considered at high risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. GoCary will discontinue service to the Senior Center via route 4 beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday until further notice.

"Governments exist to protect public safety, so it's very important to us to take the precautionary steps we feel are necessary for our community." said Cary Town Manager Sean Stegall. "Nothing is more important than our citizens' health and safety, and we are working closely with local, state and federal officials to do what we can to blunt the impacts of this pandemic. This means closing some facilities and canceling programs as needed for the good of our community."

The Town is also canceling all boards and commission meetings through March 22 while it evaluates the use of Webex for conducting Town business electronically. Finally, Town staff and officials will be limiting their participation in community meetings, so they can continue to focus on the emergency response.

"While our boards and commissions don't have a high proportion of high-risk populations, they do take staff's attention away from the top priority right now, which is ensuring the safety of our citizens,” Stegall said.

People who are at elevated risk of infection -- those over 65 or who are already immunocompromised -- are urged not to come to other Town of Cary events for their own safety.

Full refunds will be issued for any current or future ticketed events canceled due to COVID-19. If you are registered or have tickets to an event, program, or class that is not canceled, but you do not feel comfortable attending, the Town will also issue a refund. Citizens are encouraged to call the facility at which the event was scheduled for up-to-date information, or contact Cary Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources at (919) 469-4061 or for refund assistance.

For the most up-to-date information about local COVID-19 response, please visit the Wake County Division of Public Health.


Primary Contacts

Michael Martin, Deputy Fire Chief, (919) 469-4000


COVID-19 Information on
Wake County Division of Public Health
North Carolina Public Health
N.C. Department of Health and Human Services
Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

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