ESCANABA – Closed per state mandate since mid March due to the threat of the coronavirus, the Northern Lights YMCA is finally reopening its doors to the community.
The YMCA Delta Center is set to open Wednesday, June 10 at 5 a.m. The full facility will be open, except for the sauna.
“The support of our members has helped sustain our operations during this unprecedented closure. And we are excited to finally welcome back our community once again.” said Membership/Marketing Director, Hadele Peacock.
During the state shutdown, the YMCA remained opened for early child care services at the Wells Child Care and Youth center. The YMCA provided child care to the essential workforce in our community.
Given the forced closure, the YMCA laid off nearly all of its staff and drafted a new budget for the remainder of the calendar year, implementing cuts across the board. The financial situation would have been even gloomier for the non-profit organization if not for continued support from a large percentage of its membership along with help from a PPP loan from the federal government.
The YMCA pleaded with members in March to remain active, even offering a 50-percent support level. YMCA officials estimated that more than 80 percent of its membership remained active either at full pay or the reduced support level during the closure.
“We were truly blown away by the outpouring of support from our members,” Peacock said. “We are so thankful for their generosity. It just goes to show how much everyone in our community values having a YMCA in this community.”
The full scale of YMCA programs and services will resume in stages over the next several months, with immediate priority being given to providing a safe environment for members and offering a summer day camp for area youth.
“We have been in constant communication with our Board of Directors, our COVID taskforce and local health departments in order to formulate the safest re-opening plan we can for our members,” Peacock noted.
With health and safety a top priority, the YMCA is providing physical barriers where required, adequate means for sanitizing hands of members and staff, and performing additional wipe down and cleaning on hard contact surfaces and equipment.
The YMCA will promote social distancing and screen participants as required.
“If you’re not feeling well, we kindly ask that you remain home and do not come to the YMCA,” Peacock said. “The health and safety of all members is our top priority.”
Some additional changes for the YMCA’s reopening include:
-The YMCA will be on summer hours, open 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday–Friday. Saturday’s hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the YMCA will be closed on Sundays. These hours run through the Labor Day holiday.
-Staffing at the Welcome Desk will be minimal for the next weeks. Please be patient.
-No children under 14 will be allowed in the facility without parental supervision.
-Tot watch will be closed until further notice.
-Sauna will be closed until further notice.
-Aquatics programming and swim lesson schedules will be announced in the coming weeks.
For additional information, visit www.nlymca.com, the Facebook page or call (906) 789-0005.