Chattanooga reopening community centers starting this week
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Mayor Tim Kelly has ordered a phased reopening of Chattanooga community centers beginning this week.
He cites improving Covid case numbers in the city for the decision.
Eight YFD centers will open on Thursday.
They are Avondale, Brainerd, Carver, Hixson, John A. Patten, Shepherd, South Chattanooga, and Westside.
“Community centers play a critical role in uplifting our city’s youth by offering them healthy activities and access to mentors in a safe and educational environment,” said Mayor Kelly. “I would encourage everybody to help keep these centers open by getting vaccinated to protect yourselves and our city’s most vulnerable residents.”
They centers will also host vaccination clinics.
The hours will be from 10 AM to 6 PM Monday through Friday.
Not all programs will be back to begin with and they will not be available for booking until a later, undetermined date.
The Mayor says 51% of Hamilton County residents are now fully vaccinated.
And the Healthy Chattanooga Coalition has set a goal of 60% vaccination for local workers by December 1.
“As we near the winter months and the holidays, vaccines are the miracle that allow us to gather in ways that simply were not safe last year, or earlier this year as the Delta variant surged,” said Dr. Mary Lambert, Chattanooga’s director of community health. “We’re fortunate to have ready access to such an incredible safeguard against hospitalization, disability, and death. We will diligently monitor infection and vaccination rates as we reopen these critical community resources, and we encourage all Chattanoogans to get vaccinated as soon as possible, especially now that many younger residents are eligible.”