March 16, 2020

 

 

Dear YMCA Members,

At the Y, the health and safety of all who walk through our doors has always been our top priority. Effective March 17th, through March, 29th, 2020., all Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA facilities will be voluntarily closed and all programming and events temporarily suspended. This includes all programs and services provided at or through Central, Cooper, North, and Mansfield YMCA’s. Please note that all changes announced on Friday, March 13th, remain in effect as well. We are exploring alternative ways to meet community needs during this time, in partnership with health officials and other community leaders.

Although no member or staff have tested positive for COVID-19 at our facilities, we believe that continuing to operate and run programming during this time would be counterproductive to the protective social distancing measures that have prompted area K-12 schools to temporarily close in response to growing concern over the COVID-19 pandemic. The priority is to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 virus so that our hospitals do not become overloaded.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank our members for their patience and understanding. We remain committed to supporting and strengthening our communities. We believe this is the socially responsible things to do and we do not take this measure lightly.

Our Y leadership teams remain in constant contact with state and local agencies and we will continue to communicate with members in a timely and transparent manner. The Y will reassess the situation in two weeks and, in conjunction with prevailing recommendations from federal and local officials, we will update our members no later than March 27th via our website regarding the status of our facilities and programming moving forward.

Remember, the CDC recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID- 19 and the flu, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick and return to the Y when you are feeling better
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available

 

Please continue to check with the Department of Public Health and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the most up to date information regarding COVID-19.

Thank you for working with us to ensure our YMCA community remains safe and healthy.

Eric Tucker
President and CEO
Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA

FAQs   

We understand that you may have questions about the closure of our YMCA facilities:

When will the Y open again?
We have planned a 2-week closure at this time. The Y will reassess the situation and will update members no later than March 27th regarding the status of facilities and programming from that point forward.

Have any Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA members tested positive for COVID-19?
No. At this time, we are not aware of any members who have tested positive for COVID-19.

What is the Y doing during this two-week closure?
The Y will be doing a deep sanitizing clean during the 2-week closure. We will also be making every effort to bring some of our offerings to members virtually through social media. When you can’t come to the Y, we will do our best to bring the Y to you! Follow the AMA YMCA on Facebook and stay connected to your community.

 

I was in the Y recently, should I be concerned?
We all need to be aware of the potential spread of the virus and monitor ourselves and loved ones for COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you or a loved one develop these symptoms please stay home and speak to your healthcare provider. For more information go to the CDC information page on COVID-19 to learn What You Need To Know and What To Do If You Are Sick.

 

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