Building Closures this Holiday Season

November 3, 2020

To: Staff and Families

From: Ann Potoczak, Executive Director

I am writing to provide you with information regarding Community Bridges and the temporary closure of the office building at 70 Pembroke Road.  This location has daily personnel and visitors who come into the building to conduct business. 

The office will be closed from Thursday, November 26 to Sunday December 6, 2020 reopening on Monday, 12/07/20.  The office will be closed again on Thursday, December 24 th to Sunday, January 3 rd , 2021 reopening on Monday January 4, 2021. During this time, we will be operating remotely.

In anticipation of the many indoor holiday festivities celebrated during this time, I have decided to close access to our building and provide a period of time where we limit in person interaction in our building. During this time, we emphasize the importance of staying the course with our hygiene, social distancing, and safety habits for limiting the exposure of COVID-19 at work and in our communities.  This 10 day window we are calling a “safety stop”, will allow us to reassess our needs to keep everyone safe. The goal is to do our part as an agency community of over 500 employees and 1300 clients to help stop the spread of COVID -19.

The operations of the office will continue remotely to provide families and individuals access to their case managers or other personnel.  If a staff member is out during the times the office location is closed, an out of office email message and voice message will be provided along with contact information of another staff member who can assist you. The doors and entries to the Pembroke Road office will be locked during these periods of time. If you need to leave documents, please use the drop box located in front of the building at the walkway entrance.

  • For all Community Bridges employees this means there will be no office entrance during the safety stop week(s). Only limited personnel who need to perform tasks such as payroll will be in the building working.


  • For all Community Choices employees this means residential program will run the same with no visitors and limited community outings. For day program and community resource programs, managers will be providing guidance on limited community activities. There will be no entrance to the office during this time.


  • For all Family Directed program employees and Family Mangers this means that a conversation around the plan you will be following is important.  You can decide what the right course of action is during the office safety weeks, knowing there is no entrance into the office.

 In-person gatherings pose varying levels of risk. Attendees of gatherings should consider the risk of virus spread based on event size and use of mitigation strategies. There are several factors that contribute to the risk of getting infected or infecting others with the COVID-19 virus.. In combination, these factors will create various amounts of risk, so it is important to consider them individually and together.

There are many factors to consider such as higher levels of COVID-19 cases and community spread, as well as where attendees are coming from, these examples among others can increase the risk of infection and spread among attendees. Family and friends should consider the number and rate of COVID-19 cases in their community and in the community where they plan to celebrate when considering whether to host or attend any event or celebration. .

Thanksgiving is a time when many families travel long distances to celebrate together.  Travel  increases the chance of getting and spreading the COVID-19 virus. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. If you must travel, be informed of the  risks involved Thank you for your understanding and patience while we do our best to keep you and all of the members of our community safe and healthy. We wish for you a safe and healthy holiday season.




Lower risk activities

  • Having a small  dinner  with only people who live in your household
  • Preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others
  • Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family
  • Shopping online rather than in person on the day after Thanksgiving or the next Monday
  • Watching sports events, parades, and movies from home

Moderate risk activities

  • Having a small outdoor  dinner  with family and friends who live in your community
  • Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced, and people are able to maintain social distancing
  • Attending a small outdoor sports events with safety precautions in place

Higher risk activities

Avoid these higher risk activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19:

  • Going shopping in crowded stores just before, on, or after Thanksgiving
  • Participating or being a spectator at a crowded event
  • Attending crowded parades
  • Attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside of your household


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