Jackson County Council on Aging
Jackson County Park
146 Rita Williams Drive
Scottsboro, AL 35769


According to the Department of Senior Services, Alabama senior citizen centers may re-open for indoor activities beginning Monday, April 19. However, the state's 63 page re-opening guidelines are so restrictive the Jackson County Senior Centers will remain closed.

According to Governor Kay Ivey’s Re-Opening of Senior Centers mandate, centers are prohibited from serving congregate meals, whether indoors or outdoors. Chairs, set up for indoor activities, must all face the same direction and be six feet apart. Tables must allow for six feet of social distancing or have impermeable partitions. The guidelines prevent senior centers from hosting activities that require participants to share (touch) the same items, for example, cards, board games, or corn hole.

Under the guidelines, the number of seniors allowed to attend will be based on the physical size of the center. For example, a senior center with a history of 30 daily attendees AND that is limited to 15 seniors under the guidelines is expected to offer activities at least two days each week in order to give all participants - two groups of 15 - the opportunity to participate.

The Alabama Department of Senior Services guidelines, issued in accordance with Gov. Kay Ivey’s State Health Order of April 7, require senior centers to have no-touch thermometers and staff members available to ask several screening questions before seniors are allowed to enter each day. The guidelines require senior center staff to encourage participants to maintain six feet of separation from persons of different households and wear masks or other facial coverings at all times. Seniors are expected to stay home if sick, wash hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces, and disinfect frequently used items or surfaces.

The Department of Senior Services has extensive protocols for disinfecting facilities closed for more than a year. Before re-opening, the senior centers need to be deep-cleaned and stocked with masks, hand sanitizers and gloves.

The decision to reopen for indoor activities at the state's senior centers is being made by local officials, together with senior center managers. A reopening plan is being developed for the seven senior centers operating in Jackson County. We look forward to the day that we can all gather again and hope that when this mandate ends on May 5 some restrictions will be lifted.

Continue to communicate with the senior center managers for a reopening date in May.


The Jackson County Council on Aging is a non-profit organization with the goal of helping the elderly lead more active, independent lives. Persons of varied income levels are served, and donations are accepted for those services that do not have a set fee.

Funding for our programs and services is provided by:

Alabama Department of Senior Services
TARCOG Area Agency on Aging
Alabama Department of Transportation
Alabama Medicaid Agency
Jackson County Commission
City of Scottsboro
Legislative Delegation

The Council on Aging thanks all our volunteers and others
whose contributions have been essential to the success of our programs and services.