We Care About Your Health

Dear YMCA Family:

 

As your YMCA, we are aware we fill many roles in many lives. We are a place where people improve their physical well-being, but we also know that, for many people, we are an essential source of community, family support, spiritual growth and more.

 

For that reason, we don’t take lightly any decisions to suspend or cancel programs or services. We carefully consider how those decisions affect our members’ lives—including their families, their ability to work and their sense of community—and we do our best to give you access to your Y in all circumstances.

 

However, in light of the extraordinary threat posed by COVID-19 (also known as the coronavirus), we have recognized that we must take some extraordinary measures to ensure the health and safety of our members, our program participants, our staff and our community. Therefore, following guidance from health officials and state and local community leadership, we have decided to take the following temporary steps, effective Saturday, March 14:

 

  • All youth programs scheduled through Sunday, April 5, will be suspended. This includes Early Learning Centers/Pre-schools, youth sports leagues, swim lessons, and other programs.

 

  • The age for children to be in our facilities without an adult present will be raised to 14 through Sunday, April 5.

 

  • Play and Learn will continue to be available for Household Memberships, limited to 90 minutes daily.

 

  • Adult Sports Leagues and programs will be suspended through Sunday, April 5.

 

  • Active Older Adult programs and classes will be suspended until further notice.

 

  • Group exercise classes will be limited to a number of participants that allows additional spacing.

 

  • Access to Les Mills Virtual for at-home exercise classes will be made available to interested members for up to two months. More information will be coming soon.

 

  • One-on-one programs (such as personal training and private lessons) will be continued.

 

  • Chronic Disease Prevention programs that cannot be delivered virtually will be suspended until further notice.

 

  • Sales and redemption of guest passes for individuals under the age of 18 will be suspended through Sunday, April 5.

 

Currently, there are no suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus in our YMCAs. Your Y is thoroughly cleaned throughout the day and after closing. Special care is being taken by vigilant Y staff to meet quality standards in place year-round that keep our facility clean and safe. Staff are focusing extra attention on sanitizing high traffic areas and commonly used surfaces including counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, light switches, keyboards, tablets and toys. We are also encouraging everyone to do their part in helping prevent the spread of germs and viruses through frequent hand washing, using hand sanitizer, and staying at home if experiencing symptoms.

Additionally, we encourage everyone to regularly check the CDC’s website for important updates and safety information. The American Academy of Pediatrics also has helpful information specific to children and families.

 

We look forward to the day when we all have put this difficult time behind us. For now, though, we ask that you bear with us as we do our part to ensure your safety. Please pray for our YMCA community, as well as our community at large, and do all you can to keep yourself and those you love safe and healthy.

 

Derrick Stewart

President and CEO

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis