The Boys & Girls Clubs of Manteca will be closed for several weeks.
A sign with that message was posted Monday morning at the doorway entrance of the facility located at 545 W. Alameda St.
“Because of the changing situation with the coronavirus, and safety being the highest priority, we have come to the conclusion that for the best interest of our kids, their family members and the Club staff, to close for programming until at least April 6,” the sign said.
Club organizers apologized for having to make this difficult decision.
“We’re only accepting kids today,” said Membership Administrator / Junior Staff Coordinator Loretta Huerta, who reported sparse numbers given that Manteca Unified had long scheduled spring break for this week.
She added: “We feel for the kids and their families – they’ll have to find other options.”
Twelve club members were dropped off that morning – “We usually have 40 plus,” Huerta said – with many being unaware of the upcoming temporary closure.
“They’ll be heartbroken,” said Trayana Davis, who, like many of the youngsters, considers the local Boys & Girls Clubs as a home away from home.
She was a club member for eight years and a staff member for the past three years. A 2016 graduate of Sierra High, Davis, who currently attends Delta College – she’s studying Kinesiology and will soon be transferring to Sacramento State — is the club’s two-time Youth of the Year, winning that prestigious honor in 2015 and 2016.
Davis, who is a Teen Coordinator, had five in her group on this day. “We usually have 15 during this time of year,” she said.
Staff members arrived an hour early to clean, wipe and disinfect the facility prior to the arrival of club members.
Activities were limited – Huerta noted that kids could not play tag and were asked to safe and respectful distance away, for example – and youngsters, as a precaution, had to properly wash their hands numerous times throughout the day.
Updates will be posted on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manteca / Lathrop social media sites or on www.bgmanteca.org.