Carcassonne Community Center had hoped to host its first square dance of the year on Aug. 14. However, the increase in COVID cases and the decreased rate of vaccinations have resulted in Letcher and the surrounding counties being listed in the Red, or “High-Risk”, category.
Square dancing is a high-contact activity, so it would be almost impossible to follow safety guidelines. The Carcassonne Council feels that, in the interest of community safety, postponing the resumption schedule is the wisest thing to do.
The council had originally planned to seek sponsorship by one of the healthcare facilities in the coverage area. That way free admission could be offered, since this would be a celebratory occasion, and healthcare workers could offer blood pressure, blood sugar, COVID and other tests for those attendees who desire them. However, the healthcare workers are now busier than ever, and one more remote activity would be a strain on their schedule also.
As of now, the council hopes to have a square dance on Saturday, Sept. 11, but that depends on whether this area remains in the Red Zone. The many dance patrons are encouraged to stay safe, and have patience.