Beating the Cold

Brennan Johnson lifts free weights on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, at the Quincy Kroc Center. While Johnson considers himself a gym regular, exercise is one way to stay busy and healthy during the colder months.

QUINCY — Low temperatures this week have put a damper on the turnout for activities that might otherwise have residents heading out to get a break from being cooped up at home.

At VIP Cinemas 3 at Quincy Mall, general manager Jessie Smith said the theater had a double dose over the weekend that kept numbers down more than usual.

“Super Bowl weekend on top of the cold weather seems to have kept people home,” he said. Unlike the AMC theater, VIP Cinemas is running a full seven-day schedule of movie showings. This week, Smith said, has been slow even compared to other times during the pandemic.

“Kids who might otherwise come over when they’re not in school aren’t going to walk,” he said. “When parents are at work or something, they just don’t have a lot of options to get here.”

Carolyn Carpenter, marketing director for Quincy’s Kroc Center, said it has seen a steady flow of guests, but there are a few times during the day there have been small surges.

“We have a few times each day where it really picks up,” she said. “It does seem like the cold may be keeping people in at home, though.”

Along with the regular activities that are happening at the Kroc Center, the Salvation Army has the building available for use as a warming center. Any time a cold weather advisory is in effect for the area, the Kroc Center opens its doors as a warming center from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

Quincy’s YMCA is also open as a warming center this weekend. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday. Wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines are required.

Smith said the cold doesn’t seem to have slowed down all of the foot traffic in the mall, however.

“A lot of people still seem to be coming out to walk the mall,” he said.

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