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Nesquehoning reopening rec center to small gatherings

Nesquehoning is reopening the recreation center to small gatherings, officials say.

On Wednesday, borough council voted to ratify resuming rentals of the hall, as well as a drive-by Easter event at the center, located along West Railroad Street.

Council President David Hawk said the reversal from the January announcement, comes after representatives met with the recreation commission and further discussion at council’s February workshop.

“Council agreed with opening the Recreation Center for small, family rental events with certain protocols,” Hawk said, noting that groups must comply with CDC guidelines for indoor capacity restrictions, social distancing and masks; as well as sign a liability release for the borough as part of the rental agreement.

There must also be adequate time periods between events to allow for thorough cleaning and sanitation, Hawk said.

He added that the recreation center will remain closed for weekly bingo until further notice.

The recreation center has been closed to rentals and bingo since last spring due to the pandemic.

It remains a designated emergency shelter and will be utilized in the event of an emergency.