East Hampton Town's senior citizens nutrition programs will resume meal service at the town's senior citizens center on Springs-Fireplace Road and at the Montauk Playhouse Community Center on Monday.
The resumption comes 16 months after in-person senior citizens programs were suspended in March 2020, at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez announced the resumption of service during the town board's meeting on Tuesday.
Residents 60 and over have been invited to come to lunch, which will be served at both centers from 11 to 1. Except while eating, masks must be worn while people are in the buildings. Wellness programs will continue to be held at both sites and will be moved indoors.
Home delivery of frozen meals, a program instituted during the pandemic, will be discontinued as of tomorrow. Senior citizens who have been receiving frozen meals have been invited to attend the in-person group meal programs. Homebound senior citizens who still require meal delivery can call the human services case manager at 631-329-6939 for assistance with connecting to the East Hampton Meals on Wheels program.
The town's senior citizens transportation program will also resume on Monday. Transportation will be provided for essential services on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with trips limited to destinations within East Hampton and Southampton boundaries.
Several new safety protocols are required for staff and passengers. Drivers and passengers will be required to wear masks. Seating may be assigned to maintain social distancing. Those in need of transportation or with questions can call 631-324-4443.
In-person case management services have resumed by appointment. Residential repair services will also begin on Monday. The number to call for information is 631-329-6939.
Limited in-home services will also restart on Monday. Case workers from the Suffolk County Office for the Aging are working with the town's human services staff to identify senior citizens with the most pressing needs.