As we await the Governor’s green light to re-open our buildings, I want to brief you on how we’re getting ready to welcome you back. First, your safety is our top priority. We have thoroughly cleaned and disinfected our facilities. We plan on opening in phases (not all of our buildings at once) as we reinstate and train our team. We will continue a rigorous cleaning schedule every day, and we’ve added Sanitation Stations for individual wipe-downs of equipment before and after each use.
We expect restrictions as to the number of members allowed in the building at a given time, so we will provide guidance once we get details. We will have social distancing measures throughout the facility, like ensuring a six-foot spacing around equipment and workout stations. Until we are in the COVID-19 clear, we will require all adults (including staff) in our buildings to wear face masks and everyone will undergo a health screening (like requiring a temperature check.) The member scanning process will be “touch-free.”
Initially, we will ask that everyone shower at home as locker rooms will be open for restroom use only. If allowed, we will open our pools, but saunas and steam rooms will likely not open yet. Social distancing will prevent activities like basketball, for now.
As we finalize plans for your favorite group exercise classes, with social distancing updates, please enjoy our new LIVE Y Zoom. Your favorite instructors are also featured in On-Demand classes—to get details, go to MyY.org. The site includes kid’s workouts and early childhood storytimes. Also, look for the live workouts, activities, spiritual moments, along with interactive opportunities each day on our Facebook page. Thousands of members have logged 82,402 views as they continue their journey to achieve goals, connect with friends, and find a real sense of belonging. Visit our website and Facebook pages for the latest re-opening news.
For those who have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic, we are also expanding our scholarship options to ensure that our friends can continue their efforts to stay healthy in spirit, mind, and body (let us know if you know someone who needs help.)
We look forward to seeing you again very soon. We miss you.
We will get through this together, and we will be stronger. The Y is so much more than a swim and gym. We are a movement of cause-driven members that respond when others need help. Well Done!
President and CEO
YMCA of Greater Cincinnati