NEW BEDFORD — New Bedford's Buttonwood Senior Center will be closed until further notice to protect residents from COVID-19, city officials announced Tuesday.

The senior center is also known as the Warming House and is located at 1 Oneida St. in Buttonwood Park.

“With the number of COVID-19 cases rising rapidly across the region and entire state, the last thing we want to do, in accounting for everyone’s health and safety, is encourage our seniors to congregate,” said Council on Aging Director Debra Lee.

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Lee added that the Buttonwood center will be closed until the city shows a consistent reduction in case numbers.

“The Council is sorry for any inconvenience this might cause, but safety must take precedence as this pandemic continues,” she stated.

Earlier this month, the Council on Aging suspended transportation to and from the center for anything other than social day programming, also due to coronavirus concerns.

The reopening of the senior center will be announced on the city's website and social media channels.

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