The Mackay and District Senior Citizens Association has shut down due to coronavirus concerns.
The Mackay and District Senior Citizens Association has shut down due to coronavirus concerns.

Mackay seniors shut down over coronavirus concerns

Mackay and District Senior Citizens Association has suspended its social events and regular meetings because of coronavirus.

President David Gavan said committee members met today and elected to effectively shut down all operations until at least April 20.

Mr Gavan said the committee would then meet again and review the situation directly relating to coronavirus.

“When you have a situation when most people are 70 to over 90 years old, you do have to tend to be a bit more careful,” he said.

“Our people have problems with their hearts and respiratory conditions so we can’t really take the chance that somebody could get affected.”

Mr Gavan said the Mackay and District Senior Citizens Association had more than 300 members, with crowds in excess of 50 people regularly meeting for social events.

He said it was about erring on the side of caution.

The committee today has endeavoured to contact as many members as possible and inform them of the decision.

Mr Gavan said most members understood the precautionary measure but there remained some who were resistant to the idea.

In terms of shopping and accessing supplies in the event of requiring isolation, Mr Gavan applauded supermarkets for opening up trading hours specifically for senior citizens.

“Most people don’t seem to be worried,” he said.

“The biggest problem is stupid things like bread, toilet paper, and eggs are starting to hit.

“Our people are being quite sensible.”