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Safeguarding Our Health - COVID-19 Updates




QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR MEMBERSHIP OR PROGRAM REGISTRATION?

If you have questions regarding your YMCA membership or program registration, please call 502.587.9622 (Mon-Fri: 8 am-8 pm, Sat: 8 am-2 pm, Sun: 10 am-2 pm) or email membership@ymcalouisville.org. We will have staff members available to answer your questions.

4-2-2020: YMCA YOUTH SPORTS UPDATE

As you are aware Kentucky and Indiana officials have issued restrictions to keep our communities safe. In accordance with those efforts to increase social distancing, YMCA programs will remain suspended until these restrictions are lifted.

We remain optimistic that we will be able to proceed with a delayed start to our upcoming sports seasons and we sincerely hope you stick with us! There is no risk to you remaining registered! If circumstances require us to cancel upcoming sports seasons, you will receive a credit.

This is an ever-changing situation and we will continue to monitor it and follow the guidance of public health officials. If any further changes to the season are made we will communicate those as quickly as possible.


3-27-2020: MEMBERSHIP UPDATE - STAY WITH US - YOUR YMCA MEMBERSHIP CHOICE

A heartfelt thank you to the YMCA members who have already agreed to #StayWithUs. If you have not been in touch with us, we humbly ask you to consider one of the following options related to your YMCA membership as we enter April:

  1. Remain with us as a Sustaining Member by continuing your full monthly membership as a tax-deductible donation.
  2. Continue paying half of your monthly membership as a tax-deductible donation.
  3. Place your membership on hold, so you will not be drafted until we reopen.

If you wish to choose Option #1 there is no action necessary on your part. We will automatically count your membership as a donation.

If you would like to make any changes to your membership please call us at 502.587.9622 (Mon-Fri: 8 am -8 pm; Sat: 8 am-2 pm, Sun: 10 am-2 pm) or email membership@ymcalouisville.org.

At the YMCA of Greater Louisville, everything we do is guided by a commitment to our community. Throughout our 167 year history, when our community needed us we were there. These trying times are no exception. While our branches may be closed, the Y’s mission work continues in many ways:
 
Emergency Childcare for Healthcare and First Responders – We have over nearly 30 employers under agreement or inquiring. This will be critical to keeping our community safe and healthy.
 
YMCA Safe Place Services – The work to support youth in crisis at Shelter House and homeless young adults through the Youth Development Center remains critical during this stressful time.
 
YMCA Men’s Transitional Housing – This program supports men as they move from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
 
Wellness Checks for Members and Program Participants – Y Staff and Volunteers reaching out to those who may be in vulnerable situations.

Free Virtual Wellness Experiences – The Y will continue to offer a full array of virtual opportunities to keep our community healthy in spirit, mind and body. Through partners like Y360, Les Mills, and Life Fitness we seek to provide what you need to stay healthy.

We understand you will make the best decision for you and your family. On behalf of everyone in the community counting on our Y in the weeks ahead, THANK YOU for your consideration to #StayWithUs. Whatever you decide, I am deeply grateful that you are part of the Y. We will continue to share updates with you as they become available.

3-25-2020: MEMBERSHIP AND PROGRAMMING UPDATE - ALL YMCAS WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

We had hoped to reopen next week, but the actions to protect our communities through social distancing and stay-at-home initiatives continue. As long as these orders remain in place to keep us safe and healthy, our membership branches will remain closed until further notice.

If you have questions regarding your YMCA membership or program registration, please call 502.587.9622 (Mon-Fri: 8 am-8 pm, Sat: 8 am-2 pm, Sun: 10 am-2 pm) or email membership@ymcalouisville.org.


3-24-2020: CHILDCARE FOR HEALTH WORKERS AND EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONDERS

The YMCA of Greater Louisville, in cooperation with the Kentucky State Cabinet of Health and Family Services, is providing essential child care for health workers and emergency first responders. We are working directly with area employers to make arrangements for eligible employees in need of child care.



3-16-2020: MEMBERSHIP AND PROGRAMMING UPDATE - ALL YMCAS CLOSED THROUGH MARCH 29

Out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of public health, effective at the close of business today, March 16, ALL YMCA of Greater Louisville branches will CLOSE through March 29. As previously shared, all group activities such as youth sports, swim lessons, youth programs, and senior programs will remain suspended during this time.

Access to the non-YMCA partner services at the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA, including Republic Bank, Norton Healthcare, ProRehab, and Family and Children's Place, will be maintained according to their normal operations.

We will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions based on the information from local and national public health officials. We will share updates with you by email, on our website and through social media.

If you have questions regarding your membership, please call 502.587.9622 (Mon-Fri: 6 am-8 pm, Sat: 8 am-2 pm, Sun: 10 am-2 pm) or email membership@ymcalouisville.org. We will have staff members available to answer your questions.


3-15-2020: MEMBERSHIP AND PROGRAMMING UPDATE

After careful consideration of developing public health recommendations, the YMCA of Greater Louisville has made the difficult decision to make temporary changes to branch operations. Effective Monday, March 16, the following YMCA of Greater Louisville branches will temporarily close for two weeks: Clark County, Bullitt County, Chestnut Street, Middletown, Oldham County, Southeast, and Southwest.

We understand this will be disappointing to some, but in light of the significant public health concerns we believe reducing our operations is the appropriate step at this time. We will take this time to thoroughly deep clean all areas of the Y.

We also understand that outlets for healthy activity, during this extraordinarily stressful time, are important to our community’s physical and mental health. For those you who wish to continue your fitness journey, the following YMCA branches WILL REMAIN OPEN for all local YMCA MEMBERS at this time:

  • Floyd County Family YMCA (New Albany)
  • Downtown Family YMCA
  • Republic Bank Foundation YMCA
  • Northeast Family YMCA
  • YMCA at Norton Commons
All YMCA members will have community-wide access to open branches. At these locations the fitness centers and pools will be available for health and fitness activity.

We are suspending all group activities, including land and water group exercise classes, and Kids’ Club/Child Watch Services during this time. We are also taking steps to increase social distancing and will continue our enhanced efforts around cleanliness.


3-13-2020: SWIM LESSON UPDATE

Out of an abundance of caution, the YMCA of Greater Louisville has decided to take the following steps related to swim lessons:

  • Temporarily suspend swim lessons through the end of your current session.
  • You will receive a per class credit for all missed classes during this time to be used in a future session.

3-13-2020: SPRING SOCCER UPDATE

Out of an abundance of caution, the YMCA of Greater Louisville has decided to take the following steps related to the upcoming soccer season:

  • Soccer Orientations scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, March 14 have been cancelled.
  • The start of the season has been postponed until the week of April 6th.

3-13-2020: SCHOOL CLOSURES AND YMCA CHILD CARE

Bullitt County Public Schools and Jefferson County Public Schools have announced school closures from Monday, March 16-Friday, March 27.

Unfortunately with the school system closed, we will be unable to provide care within the school buildings as district staff will be deep cleaning and disinfecting all spaces of the buildings to provide the safest environment possible for students and staff.

While we realize this is unexpected and will be a difficult time for our families, we feel that in this unusual case, the safety of our children is essential to our community.

This is a very uncertain time, as this is an unprecedented event in our community. The safety of our families and staff is our number one priority. We are closely monitoring this ever-evolving situation and are following all best practices from our valued partners as well as local and federal health experts.

3-10-2020: SAFEGUARDING OUR HEALTH

Dear YMCA Families:

The YMCA of Greater Louisville is deeply committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for our members. There are growing concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19 and in an effort to keep you and your family healthy and prevent the spread of illnesses, we are sharing some important information.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

We can all do our part to prevent the spread of illness in our community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyday preventative actions to help reduce the spread of respiratory diseases including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Remain home and keep kids at home if they’re showing any symptoms of illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath

AT THE Y YOU CAN EXPECT

  • Additional cleaning of frequently touched areas like door handles, common surfaces, and equipment
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations throughout our facilities
  • Reinforcing good hand hygiene practices
  • Encouraging staff to remain home if they are sick

It is our intent to operate programs and services normally while we monitor this rapidly changing situation. We will follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as Kentucky Department of Health, Louisville Metro Department of Health & Wellness, and YMCA of the USA (YUSA).

We will continue to keep you updated as other information becomes available. Your health is important to us. Thank you for being part of the Y Family.

Steve Tarver
President/CEO
YMCA of Greater Louisville

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES


If you have additional questions about COVID-19, you can contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at 1-800-232-4636.


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