YMCA of Eastern Ontario moves to “protect” level protocols

The YMCA located on Wright Crescent in Kingston. Photo by Lucas Mulder.

The YMCA of Eastern Ontario released a statement on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 saying they will be moving to “protect” level protocols effective Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, at their locations in Kingston and Brockville.

“Since the outset of the pandemic, we have taken a proactive approach to the health and safety of everyone at the YMCA,” said Rob Adams, CEO, YMCA of Eastern Ontario. “Based on the information from our medical officer of health that Kingston is expected to be re-classified to yellow zone measures, our facilities will be implementing those precautions as of Monday, Nov. 23.”

Protect level measures include:

  • Limiting the volume of music to a conversational level to prevent shouting by both instructors and members of the public
  • Increasing spacing from two to three metres
  • Limiting fitness classes to 10 people per room indoors and 25 outdoors. This does not include aquafit or weight rooms. 

In addition, access to Brockville and Kingston Ys will be limited to members only. No day passes will be sold, according to the statement.

“Because of the additional spacing requirements, we will be adapting our classes and updating our schedules,” Adams said. “We want to continue to provide a positive experience for everyone who comes to the Y.”

Since opening on September 1, the YMCA of Eastern Ontario says they have been in regular contact with public health units in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District, and Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. They already have in place other measures required at the protect level, including obtaining contact information and registration upon entry to facility. Requirements to wear masks when not working out as well as room capacity limits are also in place, according to the statement.

New signage will be installed over the weekend to remind everyone in the facility of the more stringent requirements.

About the YMCA of Eastern Ontario

The YMCA of Eastern Ontario is a charity that provides programs and services to improve health and health outcomes, develops leaders, helps build social connections and provides safe, inclusive spaces for people of all ages. The Y is Canada’s largest provider of childcare with trademarked curricula, and offers fitness and other programs including SCUBA, Karate and Total Life Care.

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