San Jose Center reopens as COVID-19 restrictions lifted by State

Drive-thru meals are passed out March 23, 2020 at the San Jose Senior Center in Carlsbad.

San Jose Senior Center staff members said they were grateful to the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD) for reopening senior centers and adult day care facilities July 1 as COVID-19 restrictions across the state were lifted by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

ALTSD limited activities nearly 15 months ago after the first COVID-19 cases and deaths were recorded in New Mexico, read a news release from the state agency.

“It was really great, we’ve been waiting for this for a very longtime and so have they,” said San Jose Senior Manager Amparo Vasquez. “For some of our seniors it was hard not coming back to the Center.”

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She said the San Jose Senior Center is the only outlet some Carlsbad seniors have.