Restrictions Message

April 28, 2020 – As our world, nation and community continue to battle COVID-19, on April 24th our governor announced his decision to begin relaxing the state’s restrictions by reopening restaurants and other businesses in selected areas on May 4th.

As individuals we make our own personal choices, however, collectively the Inclusive Communities (IC) team, stands behind our vision to continuously strive for a society that is strengthened by diversity, inclusion, respect, and justice for all people. It remains our responsibility to put the safety and health of our community, our partners and our staff at the forefront of our programming efforts.

Out of respect for essential workers, we recognize that physical distancing is a privilege and want to make sure our actions are aligned with our vision and goals to create safe spaces. We all have a role to play and this is the time to think of one another by making tough decisions about physical distancing with the desire and intent to continue to protect the essential workers and people who are disproportionately impacted; the chronically ill and medically vulnerable individuals in marginalized communities who remain at risk.

The question we have asked ourselves is what can we do to make our safe re-entry come sooner as opposed to asking when we can re-open? Those decisions should not hinge on a date, but on the factual data provided by our national health organizations.

While we wait for a clearer path forward, we will continue to be socially responsible by meeting and facilitating our online customized business programming via Zoom in order to continue to slow the spread and flatten the curve of COVID-19. We have also decided not to host in-person events during the month of May.

We believe that by staying home, we are ensuring the availability of resources such as medicine, testing kits and PPE for those who must remain at the forefront during this pandemic. We recognize the contributions and the struggles that are occurring simultaneously, and seek to advance a position of equity by reserving first access to resources to those groups with urgent need.

In the coming weeks, we expect that the continuous updates from local and national health organizations, will help us to re-evaluate exactly when we re-open our office doors. We are still working as always, albeit remotely, to promote inclusion, embrace diversity and strengthen our community.

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