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Bingo Returns to the Burlington Senior Center

A popular activity is returning to the Burlington Senior Center.

Council on Aging Director Marge McDonald said Bingo is restarting for the first time since the start of the pandemic this Thursday and will run twice a month on every first and third Thursday. The game starts at 12:30 p.m.

The games will be run in turn by COA staff and a group put together by Select Board Member Mike Runyan, one of the groups that was in charge of the game before the center closed due to COVID-19. For the sake of safety the sessions will be limited to 40 participants and pre-registration is required.

McDonald said it is important for seniors to get out of their homes and find times to socialize.

“They’ve been locked up in their homes for 18-20 months and at some point you have to go back to living,” she said. “The isolation can do some damage. You have to get out and engage in your community. Humans and social beings.”

Bingo, always a popular event, will be a good opportunity for people who have been hesitant to venture out.

“I’m noticing people are generally coming back but for a lot of the Bingo players it was their only outing of the week,” McDonald said. “Bringing that back is important.”

Finally, McDonald said she and her staff were glad to have more seniors back at the center.

“We have almost all of our activities happening again and it’s great to have people coming through even if it is less people than before,” she said.