COVID-19 Operations

We are adjusting our operations during COVID-19. Please review the following information:

As of April 18, 2022: 

Masks will be optional in our Olympia and Lacey locations. We will honor those who wish to remain masked. Proof of vaccination and booster, if eligible, will continue to be required for all staff, volunteers and anyone entering our centers.

As of March 18, 2022: 

We are continuing to monitor the impact on local COVID-19 transmission and hospitalization rates resulting from the March 12 lifting of the statewide indoor mask mandate. In order to properly assess this data before making changes to our existing policies, our mask and vaccination requirements will remain in place at least through April 15.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Proof of vaccination is required to enter either of our Senior Centers.

Valid proof of vaccination includes your physical vaccination card, a picture of your physical vaccination card or paperwork from your healthcare provider showing vaccination. You can also get an electronic version of your vaccination record by visiting waverify.doh.wa.gov. We will not be accepting verbal or written attestations as proof.

Please note that as of January 19, 2022, we are implementing a booster requirement for all staff, volunteers and anyone entering our senior centers. See our FAQ below for details.

Current Hours of Operation: Lacey and Olympia, Monday - Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

*At this time, we are only allowing fully vaccinated individuals into our Senior Centers*

We thank you all for the support you have showed us throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you attended one of our virtual events, enjoyed an online fitness class, sent in a donation or shared one of our Facebook posts, we are tremendously grateful for your support.

The safety of our seniors, staff, volunteers and community is our number one priority. We will continue to work closely with Thurston County Department of Health to ensure we are maintaining proper sanitation and safety guidelines.

Volunteers Needed

As we navigate through the pandemic, we continue to need volunteers to help keep our community safe! Currently we are open three days per week. We would like to be able to open five days a week and in order to do that we need more volunteers.

Our biggest need right now are Safety Ambassadors, who will greet and welcome guests and members at the points of entry in our Olympia and Lacey Senior Centers. They will ensure that all COVID-19 public safety protocols are followed and must report any issues or concerns to site management. Read more about the Safety Ambassador position here.

We also need volunteers in other areas within our organization. From administrative assistance to meal preparation, every volunteer hour counts and helps to further our mission!  Please contact our Volunteer Manager at 360.586.6181 ext. 120 or via email at theresaz@southsoundseniors.org for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

What hours are the Senior Centers open?

The Olympia Senior Center and Virgil Clarkson Lacey Senior Center are currently open Monday - Friday, from 8:30 – 4:00 pm.

Are the Senior Centers open at full capacity?

Both centers are open at modified capacity — restricted to those able to verify their vaccination.

What activities are offered?

At this time, most of our activities are being offered in-person, at either the Olympia or Virgil Clarkson Lacey Senior Center. From exercise programs, crafts, card games and academic programs, to Ted Talks, Speaker Series, services like tech help and haircuts, and everything in between. Please check our website for the latest updates, and keep your eye out for the latest newsletter, as well as our Trips, Lifelong Learning, and Academic Catalogs.

How is Senior Services for South Sound going to keep our Senior Center community safe? What rules and guidelines are being put in place?

Senior Services will open only to those able to verify their vaccination and will continue to operate this way until the COVID-19 risk has been sufficiently reduced. All staff and volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated, including booster shots. Additionally, we will continue to conduct rigorous cleaning and sanitation at our Senior Centers.

Is Community Dining open?

Yes! Community dining is currently open.

  • Olympia – Mon/Wed/Fri, 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
  • Lacey – Mon - Fri, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
  • Yelm – Tues/Thurs/Fri, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Will I be required to wear a mask?

Yes. All individuals who enter our Senior Centers are required to wear masks.

Will I be required to show my proof of vaccination?

Yes, proof of vaccination will be required upon entering into either of our Senior Centers. Valid proof of vaccination includes your physical vaccination card, a picture of your physical vaccination card, or paperwork from your healthcare provider showing vaccination. We will not be accepting verbal or written attestations as proof.

Booster Shot Requirement

As of January 19, 2022, all staff, volunteers and people entering our senior centers must have received a booster shot if eligible to receive one.

What does this mean?

To be considered fully vaccinated, you will be required to show proof of receiving a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if you are eligible. Eligibility depends on when you completed your primary COVID-19 vaccine(s).

Am I eligible for my booster?

  • Pfizer and Moderna: you are eligible for your booster six months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series.
  • Johnson & Johnson: you are eligible to get your booster two months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination.

According to the CDC, adults 18 and over can receive any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States as a booster; you do not have to receive the same type as your primary vaccine(s). You can read more here.

What about people who are not yet eligible for their booster because of the timing since their last vaccine?

We will accommodate these folks, with no impact on their participation. However, they will need to get their booster once they are eligible.

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