COVID-19 & YOUR Y
Updated: May 13, 2020 at 09:20am
We hope you and your family have remained healthy and safe during this difficult time for our community and country. For 164 years, the YMCA of South Alabama has served the Mobile/Baldwin County area, adapting to meet changing needs. Due to the novel coronavirus, unprecedented community needs became urgent quite quickly. Necessary state health orders closed “non-essential” businesses, causing a shortage of community services, which affected families, seniors and individuals.
Despite our doors being temporarily closed, the YMCA has continued to serve and have tremendous impact. Due to the pandemic, the Y has provided basic needs to families across our counties, addressing gaps in necessary services, thus promoting a stronger, more well-connected community. These services have continued to include essential worker childcare, phoning senior citizens, a child-centered feeding program every Monday through Friday as well as virtual fitness classes through a convenient platform on our website, www.ysal.org/virtualfitness.
Per Governor Kay Ivey’s most recent order, your YMCA of South Alabama association has jubilantly prepared a reopening date of May 26, 2020 that will be carefully executed in phases. We understand that athletic facilities are allowed to open May 11, 2020 but please remember that we are “more than a gym” and in order to safely and effectively serve our members and communities, we have chosen this date to ensure that we are fully equipped in all aspects of sanitization, safety and staffing.
Due to the impact of many YMCA association-wide lay-offs in mid-March, we must rehire, retrain and refresh staff and facilities on the best and most progressive industry practices. Nationwide sanitizing products and personal protection equipment (PPEs) are in short supply but we have them ordered. Please understand that we must open our facilities with basic cleanliness standards that meet local health department and CDC guidelines.
As a YMCA, we are focused on promoting overall “healthy living,” but we must also be “socially responsible.” Therefore, we must maintain a new level of sanitization with more stringent social distancing guidelines within our facilities. Please be assured, as we continue to monitor this pandemic on a daily basis, our facilities will open in phases, beginning May 26. Please “stay with us” as we begin the process of announcing said phases. No one wants to see you more than your “Y” staff family and we look forward to doing so when it is both safe and healthy for our communities’ overall wellness needs. We have missed you, our “Y Family,” and look forward to seeing you soon.
YMCA of South Alabama Members, Participants, Volunteers, and Staff,
As our community, state, and country continue to move through the rapidly evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) illness outbreak, we want to update you on our efforts and changes to YMCA programs and services. In light of recent developments and decisions that other community and public entities have made to close and given the current situation in Mobile and Baldwin Counties, we are now having to make the difficult decision to close our YMCA facilities until further notice.
Your Y Proudly Serving Medical Staff and Personnel
As we move forward and continue to navigate through this very uncertain time, please know that your YMCA is doing all we can to help our community stay as healthy as possible. We want to express our gratitude to all first responders (nurses, doctors, police, fire, and elected officials) who keep going strong to keep us all healthy and safe. As an expression of that gratitude and in doing what we feel is best to support medical personnel, we will be offering limited childcare to staff of our local hospitals and medical facilities to help support them in their efforts to serve.
Your Y Proudly partnering with the Feeding the Gulf Coast to provide Meals for Children in Need:
It’s a very uncertain time for us all, particularly for the children of our community who have school as a refuge for food, encouragement
and many other things that their homes may not be able to provide. In response to the nutrition need, we are partnering with Feeding the Gulf Coast to make sure these children still receive nourishment. Please visit our web page at http://www.ysal.org to get the latest news.
How our Y Family and Members can help our neighbors
It is also important to remember that as a Y, we are here to strengthen the foundations of our community. Let’s join together to support those who need us by practicing due diligence in our choices to keep others around us safe, being kind and respectful to others, and lending a hand to those who may need a meal, encouragement, or a little extra help with residuals from this uncertain time. Thank you for your faith and trust in us as a valuable partner as we help meet our community’s most pressing needs together.
We will closely monitor the situation and make changes as necessary, as we realize there are still many unknowns.
Out of the desire of our hearts to serve all of you the best way we possibly can, we will be FREEZING all memberships and related bank drafts effective 4/1 for the duration of our closing. We were hoping that we could reopen on 4/1 but with the recent news from both state and federal offices, that solution is no longer viable.
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THE Y IS HERE FOR YOU TO STAY HEALTHY
Your healthy spirit, mind and body is the core of our work at the YMCA of South Alabama. That’s why we are working to ensure our community stays connected and healthy during this time.
Like you, the YMCA of South Alabama has been following news and updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the State of Alabama and local health departments about the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are actively monitoring the situation to keep our members, staff, participants and community healthy.
We’ve increased our cleaning and sanitizing frequency using a germ-killing disinfectant and with a focus on door handles, phones, equipment, restrooms, chairs, tables, and any other common area and programming spaces. We’re actively reinforcing the preventative measures outlined by the CDC, and have added hand sanitizing equipment throughout our facilities in visible and accessible areas. We are replenishing more frequently hand sanitizer, hand soap and paper towels. We’ve also installed signage throughout our facilities that encourage healthy behaviors.
We are following CDC guidelines specific to personal staff travel to areas identified as posing a coronavirus-related risk as well as staff exposure to others who have traveled to such locations, and we’ve implemented work-related travel restrictions for all staff.
You Can Help Maintain a Healthy Environment
We all play a role in keeping our community safe. We encourage you to follow the everyday preventive actions and travel-related precautions recommended by the CDC to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. When at the Y, partner with us to keep our equipment clean by thoroughly disinfecting equipment, machines and weights before and after use.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you or family members are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Coughing or sneezing into your arm is an alternative.
As always the health and safety of our staff, members and participants remain our priority. Thank you for working with us and we look forward to seeing you soon.
All YMCA of South Alabama branches be closing March 17 at 1:00pm until further notice.
Group exercise is one of our most popular membership benefits at the Y. Our classes are designed with a focus on your wellness and we are doing all we can to ensure you have a healthy experience. With your safety in mind, effective March 17, 2020 and until further notice, we are suspending group exercise classes.
All sports programs have been postponed until further notice.
Beginning March 19, all After School programs will be suspended until further notice.
Member Child Watch program will be suspended effective at 1:00pm March 17.
Swim Lessons and Swim Team are all postponed until further notice.
For the safety and well-being of all children and staff, the YMCA Health and Wellness Guidelines will be strictly enforced in all youth programs, particularly that participants must be fever- and symptom-free for at least 48 hours without fever-reducing medication before they can return to Y programs.
Birthday parties at all YMCA locations are postponed. We hope to resume by April 6 and will post updates here.
Regular exercise is one component of a healthy lifestyle that can help reduce stress and prevent illness. While we would love to see you at the Y, we honor and respect each individual’s choice with regard to your health during this time. If you are unable to join us at one of our facilities, we have a variety of at-home exercise options for members.
More information coming soon
7am- 6 pm
$15/day (special rate for COVID-19
Breakfast and lunch provided; bring snack from home
Drop off/pick up curbside only (must present ID)
Max of 30 participants per site