As many of you are already aware, our community is facing a potential public health crisis surrounding the COVID-19 epidemic (aka Coronavirus). With positive presumptive cases appearing locally in Androscoggin county and other parts of the state, we here, at the R.E.S.T. Center, have had to take a closer look at the situation and our response to it. Our #1 priority will always be to ensure the safety of our volunteers, our patrons, and our community partners.
It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to err on the side of caution and close the daily drop-in, effective immediately as of 03/13/2020, to help minimize potential risk as responsibly as possible. This includes all after-hours activities, meetings, and events currently scheduled, until further notice.
We had hoped to avoid taking such action, but after much thought and careful consideration, given the current climate of this public health emergency, we feel it is in the best interest of the community, at this time, to embrace social distancing practices. We hope that this, in combination with the rapid response of the CDC and other agencies, institutions, and organizations across the state, will help reduce negative public health outcomes for the greater good of our community.
We apologize for the inconvenience and potential hardships this may cause for some and hope to be open again very soon. The R.E.S.T. Center will continue to hold virtual meetings and our staff will be available by phone and/or video conferencing to those struggling and in need of support in the days to follow. If you would like to become a part of our Daily or Weekly Recovery Tele-check-in program, please send an email to info@RESTcenter.org for more information.
We will continue to monitor the developments around COVID-19 and will continue to follow the recommendations of our public health experts. All Decisions regarding future in-person events will be made as the COVID-19 health situation becomes clearer in the days and weeks to follow.
In the meantime, we highly encourage everyone to practice general health precautions such as frequent hand-washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when sick, as recommended by the Maine CDC.
We will have follow-up information with when and how to join-in on our virtual meetings with-in the next 24-48 hours but please feel free to reach out to us anytime via Facebook messenger or our email address listed above. We are as committed as ever in continuing our support of the recovery community.
Stay safe everyone,
The R.E.S.T. Center