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Media release: After closing its facilities on March 14 due to safety concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, the YMCA of Rome and Floyd County will reopen on May 26. The reopening will be conducted under the guidance of state and local health authorities and will take place in phases.
“The YMCA of Rome and Floyd County has served our community for more than 130 years, during which we have made it through many challenging times together, none perhaps as impactful for our community and our Y as this COVID crisis,” said Scott McCreless, Executive Director. “We are excited to begin reopening our facilities, welcoming back our members and the community, and getting back to what we do best – helping everyone reach their full potential.”
In preparation for reopening facilities, the Rome YMCA has been following guidelines from health experts and local officials to ensure all components of facilities, including fitness equipment and areas, locker rooms, child watch areas, lobby areas and office spaces, are cleaned and sanitized to meet the highest standards for hygiene and safety. The Y has also modified policies and programs to facilitate safe social/physical distancing practices.
“When we closed our facilities in March, we did so to protect the health and well-being of all our members, participants, volunteers and staff. As we now reopen our facilities, we do so with that same commitment to keeping everyone who enters our doors safe,” said McCreless.
According to McCreless, the first phase of reopening will include the cardio and weight rooms. As the Y reopens, new safety protocols are in place, including the following:
- Members and staff will have their temperature taken and will be asked a few screening questions before being allowed to enter the facility. If someone’s temperature is 100.4 or higher, they will not be allowed to enter the facility.
- A waiver will need to be signed on each visit.
- Everyone will receive hand sanitizer before entering the facility.
- Members will be required to wear a mask to enter the facility and in all common areas where other members are present and when walking to and from workout areas. Masks do not have to be worn during workouts but we recommend wearing a mask whenever safely possible to limit the spread of germs.Members should bring a mask with the. Staff will wear protective masks at all times.
- Everyone will be required to maintain a six-foot social distance. Staff will monitor this distance and ask individuals to comply with this requirement as needed.
- Disinfecting wipes and/or sanitizing spray and paper towels will be stationed near the fitness equipment so that members can sanitizing equipment before and after use. Staff will also be cleaning and sanitizing continually.
McCreless also noted that the Rome YMCA’s hours will be modified to allow for cleaning and sanitizing of the facility each day. Operating hours are Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a 30-minute closure from 1 to 1:30 p.m. for cleaning. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. each weekday, access to the facility will be reserved for our senior members (age 65 and older). Saturday hours are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. During this time, the facility will be closed on Sunday for cleaning.
Areas that remain closed during the first phase of reopening include, men’s and women’s locker rooms, pool, racquetball courts, basketball gym, group fitness rooms, spin/cycling room, Play Center and Vault and the coffee bar.
Said McCreless: “We encourage our members to bring water with them as our water coolers and water fountains will not be available due to current health and safety guidelines.” Members should also bring exercise mats and/or towels with them as these items will not be provided.
On Friday, May 22, the Rome YMCA will announce plans for reopening additional amenities and resuming other programs and services. “We appreciate everyone’s patience as we continue to prepare for Phase II of reopening,” McCreless said.
The Rome YMCA also continues to plan for Summer Day Camp and will provide tentative dates and information about the format and activities on Friday, May 22.
“We are so excited to reopen our facilities to our members. More importantly, however, our Y has always been more than a building. Our Y is about people – people from all backgrounds and walks of life who come together to improve their lives, nurture their families and strengthen their community,” said McCreless. “We are so incredibly grateful to the people who have stood by us throughout these challenging times. You were here for your community when it needed you most, and we remain here for you.”
For more: ymcarome.org.