This time of year, we expect to see an increase in colds, viruses, stomach bugs, and the flu in our facilities, program sites, and communities. This season, however, we face a new and serious health concern with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are monitoring the development of COVID-19 and should this issue escalate in our community, the Y will take necessary precautions to ensure that our staff, members, and guests are safe.
Please know that our staff is taking extra steps to ensure our facilities are as clean and healthy as possible. This includes even greater vigilance when disinfecting high-touch items such as fitness center equipment, handrails, and doorknobs.
To assist us with these efforts, please remember to do the following when visiting our facilities:
- Wipe down fitness equipment thoroughly before and after use
- Shower before using the pools
- Stay home when you are sick and avoid contact with those who show signs of illness
- Cover your mouth with a tissue (or your elbow) when sneezing or coughing and dispose of waste properly
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
In addition, Y staff is taking action to keep our facilities safe and healthy by:
- Prioritizing routine processes to redirect time toward disinfecting high-traffic areas
- Sanitizing doorknobs, sink handles, water fountains, and other surface areas regularly throughout the day
- Wiping down the lobby and back-office areas regularly throughout the day
At this time, all YMCA of Greater Michiana facilities remain open with fitness classes running as normal. We are following health department recommendations and will keep you updated if anything changes. We will evaluate the holding of gatherings and events on an individual basis.
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)
Thank you in advance for helping us keep our community safe and healthy.