After the provincial government announced a temporary province-wide lockdown beginning on December 26, the YMCA of Eastern Ontario released details of their operation during that time.
“Our priority has always been the safety of everyone who comes to the YMCA and we continue to support the necessary steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Rob Adams, CEO, YMCA of Eastern Ontario said in the release, dated Monday, Dec. 21, 2020.
The YMCA says during the lockdown, all memberships will be placed on hold with no membership fees charged. At this time, re-opening of the health and fitness facilities is scheduled for January 25, 2021. Membership payments will automatically resume upon re-opening, according to the release.
For children enrolled in childcare, programs and fees will continue as usual. School-age care (SAC) offered at Brockville or Kingston YMCA facilities will continue until Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, according to the release. Between January 4 and 8, SAC cannot be offered under the lockdown restrictions. The YMCA says they will alert parents if government changes this restriction. For children enrolled in school-age-care programs delivered offsite, service will be interrupted as there will not be access to these facilities. In the case of suspended service, fees will be not be drawn during the period in question and will automatically resume when the facilities re-open, according to the release.
“We will miss seeing you at your Y, we hope that when you return, Canada will have started to flatten the curve,” Adams continued. “To help keep everyone healthy, active and connected to your Y, we have many workout videos posted to our YouTube channel which we hope you will enjoy.”
Information will be shared on the news page of the YMCA website and through their social media accounts. As the situation evolves, the YMCA says they are committed to keeping you up-to-date.
“We do not know how this second closure will affect the Y yet remain committed to our charitable mission of building stronger, healthier communities through the growth of all persons in spirit, mind and body, and to our shared responsibility to each other,” Adams stated in the release.
If you are in a position to donate to your Y – in time for a 2020 tax receipt! – visit their website or text YMCA to 41010. Your gift will help the YMCA of Eastern Ontario continue to provide safe spaces, healthy programs and positive social connections for many vulnerable persons in our community.
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