The board of directors of Pride Center San Antonio issued a letter on March 13 advising the community that it is suspending several group meetings and special events in wake of the coronavirus epidemic. The letter was signed by Robert Salcido, Jr., the Center’s executive director.
“Because of the current cluster of COVID-19 cases impacting communities across the city, state and nation and the increasing call for social distancing, The Center will remain open in the immediate, however, we are suspending the following groups, events, and programs until further notice,” the letter said.
The list of cancelled events include: Tuesday Flow Yoga, Thursday Qigong, Men in Transition, Women in Transition, Q Connection, Coffee & Connection, Queer Voices Speak OUT, and the PRIDE Families Spring Celebration & Egg Hunt.
The letter advises “older adults, people living with HIV, anyone with chronic medical conditions, and immuno-compromised folks to NOT visit during drop in hours.”
Anyone visiting the Center will undergo a “brief medical screening” and have their temperature taken. The letter says the Center is increasing it’s cleaning to “ensure surfaces and spaces in the Center remain clean and sanitized.”
The announcement goes on to advise anyone with symptoms of the flu or the coronavirus to seek immediate medical attention. It also suggests that community members practice good hygiene by washing their hands regularly and says that everyone check in with each other, especially with those who are isolated.
“Please know, this decision was made after careful deliberation by our staff and board and is intended to protect our folks, particularly our most vulnerable community members,” the letter states.
“The Center is here to serve the community and run support services to ensure the wellness of the greater San Antonio LGBTQ+ community,” the letter concludes. “We plan to continue to do this work throughout any medical concerns within our community. Our community is resilient and strong. We will continue to thrive.”
Address any questions or concerns to the Center’s executive director, Robert Salcido via email.