What programs are being canceled?
Beginning Saturday, March 14, all group fitness classes and programming will be postponed for the remainder of the month, including but not limited to:
- Youth sports
- All chronic disease prevention classes
- Swim lessons
- Child Watch
- Kids Time/Kids Adventure
- Before & After School Care
- Water fitness
- Free and paid group fitness classes
All equipment/toys that cannot be easily cleaned will be removed from play areas and remain out of use.
Equipment usage will be lessened so that members are not side-by-side on cardio and strength machines.
It is important that we practice social distance as recommended by national, state and local health officials.
Is your disinfectant spray 60 percent alcohol?
Our disinfectant spray kills 99.9 percent of germs and are FDA approved. The 60 percent alcohol standard doesn’t necessarily apply to other products like sprays because they have different ingredients.
I saw a person coughing. Can you tell them to go home please?
We are closely monitoring information and guidance from public health officials to help keep our facilities clean and our communities safe. Although YMCA staff, members, and participants are asked to stay home when ill, we rely on each individual to self-assess their symptoms and illness.
Can the Coronavirus spread through pools and hot tubs?
According to the CDC, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.
Are extra measures being taken in child care and youth programming to ensure kids are protected?
The health and well-being of you and your family is our highest priority. We’re stepping up our hygiene practices in several ways to keep our facilities clean and our communities safe — including increasing our cleaning frequency, making disinfectant sprays available, and increasing signage to build awareness about general health and flu prevention guidelines. We are also doing temperature checks on all children admitted into childcare.
Additionally, all children in our programs learn and practice proper handwashing skills and we are carefully monitoring that children are properly washing hands throughout the day. We also continue to enforce our wellness policies. Sick children are not allowed to attend programming and if a child becomes sick during the day they must be promptly picked up by a parent.
We will continue to closely monitor information and guidance from public health officials as the situation develops.
If schools close, does the YMCA close?
All YMCA youth programs that follow Department of Education protocols — including Afterschool, preschool, daycare, middle school, and teen programming — would close.
If a Y member, staff, or participant is infected, what’s your plan to ensure the virus doesn’t spread?
If that happens, we will work closely with city and state officials and follow all protocols to help protect the health and safety of our community.