Keeping You Informed: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
All YMCA of Greater Michiana facilities have been mandated by the government to close effective Monday, March 16 at 3:00 PM. We plan to reopen Tuesday, April 14.
We know there is much concern regarding the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The YMCA of Greater Michiana takes the importance of maintaining an environment that minimizes the spread of infectious disease very seriously. We want to share with you information about the steps we are taking to keep our members, program participants, and guests safe.
If you have health-related concerns, please contact your healthcare provider. For developing information about the COVID-19, please utilize resources from:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS)
- Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH)
As we have updates to share, we will post details on this page.
YMCA CLOSED UNTIL TUESDAY, MARCH 14
We deeply appreciate your understanding and patience as we navigate the challenging circumstances related to COVID-19. We are working as quickly as we can to keep you updated and address your questions.
The Y's mandated closure has been extended until Tuesday, April 14.
We know a closure such as this brings many questions and while our responses continue to evolve with the ever-changing circumstances, we hope our member updates can provide clarity for your questions.
Looking for ways to stay fit at home? Stream workouts from home for FREE!
Regular exercise is one component of a healthy lifestyle that can help reduce stress and prevent illness. While we wish we could see you all at the Y, below are some free options to help keep you active and working out at home:
YMCA 360 On Demand — This channel has virtual classes led by Y instructors with a variety of classes and formats.
LES MILLS At Home — Workout at home with a variety of LES MILLS workouts.
LES MILLS for Kids — When it comes to learning a whole lot of cool moves from dance, martial arts and yoga this class is the way to go. Each 20 or 40-minute class is jam-packed with cool music and foundation fitness moves and fun games. This is sure to leave the kids (and parents) feeling great!
MOSSA (Strength Train Together) — Register for a FREE 60-day trial. *You will have to enter credit card information to unlock the trial. Each individual participant is responsible for canceling their account before being automatically charged after the 60-day free trial.
Silver Sneakers on Demand — SilverSneakers On-Demand features a wide variety of videos specifically designed for people ages 65 and up. Flexibility/mobility, balance, cardio, strength, and more: regardless of your abilities or interests, there's something for you
The YMCA of Greater Michiana is not responsible for any injuries sustained during at-home workouts. Please do not attempt workouts beyond your fitness level comfort.
STAY HEALTH-Y VIRTUAL FITNESS CHALLENGE
During these times of uncertainty, it is important now, more than ever, that we come together at a Y movement to remain connected and foster a sense of community. With that being said, Ys across the nation have been working innovatively to create an all-new, month-long virtual fitness challenge, Stay Health-Y. Click here to learn more!
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
- Talking with your child about the coronavirus: NPR Life Kit Podcast has published "Coronavirus and Parenting: What You Need To Know."
- Psychology Today has published "How to Talk to Your Anxious Child About the Coronavirus."
- National Children's Traumatic Stress Network material
- CDC Resources for Children
- Brain Pop for younger kids
- NPR cartoon for older kids
- WNIT (PBS) Resources for Parents
- WNIT (PBS) Resouces for Educators
FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM
Local schools and organizations are sites for providing to-go food options for those under 18 (ages/guidelines vary depending on the site) to supplement the food children would have otherwise received at school.
Benton Harbor Area Schools - The Y will be at Union Park (1250 Union Ave, Benton Harbor, MI 49022) with Breakfast from 9:30-10:15 AM & Lunch from 12:00-12:45 PM starting Wednesday, March 18.
Niles Community Schools - The Niles-Buchanan YMCA is also a site!
St. Joseph Public Schools (Michigan) - Offering ‘Grab and Go’ meals (breakfast/lunch) at Lincoln School from 11:30 a.m -12:30 p.m. Please approach from the south side of the building on Lincoln School Rd.
SENIOR FITNESS CLASSES & LIVESTRONG®
In consideration of the health and well-being of our senior & high-risk population, senior fitness classes, Enhance Fitness, LIVESTRONG, and Stay Strong classes will be canceled starting Monday, March 16, tentatively resuming on Monday, April 13. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates if changes are necessary. Currently, these are the only classes that have been canceled as we are focusing first on the health and well-being of our high-risk groups.
EMERGENCY CLOSING CHILD CARE
Beginning on Wednesday, March 18, we will only offer emergency child care to essential and emergency personnel. For more information on this service contact Zech Hoyt at firstname.lastname@example.org (Benton Harbor-St. Joseph & Niles-Buchanan branches) or Daniel Garcia at email@example.com (South Bend-Mishawaka branch)
MEMBERSHIP HOLDS & CANCELLATIONS
We know these are uncertain times for everyone in our community, but I ask you to consider what you should be doing during this time. What role can you plan as a Y member?
While we’d prefer you to be at the Y with us, at this time we ask that you support us not as a consumer, but as a member of a cause-driven organization so we can respond to the needs of our community.
Not everyone can do this, but if you can, we ask that you stay with us as a member.
If you can stay with us, we'll be able to meet critical needs.
What are we doing specifically?
- We’re providing breakfast and lunches to some of our most vulnerable children and families.
- We’re providing opportunities for child care to essential personnel like first responders and healthcare providers.
- We’re calling senior members to keep them engaged and check-in on their well-being.
- We’re offering free online fitness classes so you can work out at home.
- We’re being a resource by sharing information with our community.
Your one or two-month membership fee collectively can make the difference in so many, critical and impacting ways.
This is why we need you to stay. Not as a consumer, but as part of the Y movement that is more than the "swim and gym" experience.
This is when we need you to stick with the Y.
Be healthy! And thank you for your continued support. We are confident that we will get through this as a community.
If you would like to speak to someone about your membership, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.