After weeks of being closed, the Miami County YMCA reopens today as restrictions surrounding COVID-19 health concerns continue to ease across the state.
“We have determined that the best way to take our first step to reopen will be to start with the last step we took just before closing,” Executive Director Mark Demchak said in a May 20 news release.
That means that the facility will be open to members 16 years old and older on Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m on Saturdays.
“Because there are limits to our capacity to achieve significantly elevated standards for cleaning and disinfection,” the release said, “we will not be able to offer some of our regular services, programs, and activities.”
Hot tubs, saunas, steam room and shower towel service will not be open or offered. Child watch and nursery services won’t be offered and there won’t be youth or adult sports.
Fitness center workouts will be offered, as will scheduled group exercise. Racquetball courts are open, as is the pool for lap swimming. Members are asked to bring their own equipment and towels.
Preschool and school-age childcare is open with guidelines and precautions in place.
Face masks are not required, but social distancing is, and members are asked to be mindful of covering their coughs and sneezes.
Demchak thanked members for their patience for what he called a “severe disruption in our lives and the community” and for donating membership dues during the closure to support community efforts.
That money, he said, helped support meal distribution services, ongoing Y-Transit services for those in need, various virtual exercise classes and mental wellness programs, and other efforts.
For more information about the reopening and the guidelines and precautions in place, visit www.mcymca.org.