Infectious Disease Updates
March 16, 2020
A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CEO FROM THE BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL YMCA RE: COVID-19
Dear Members, Program Participants, Donors, Volunteers, and Guests,
These are unprecedented times. COVID-19 (coronavirus) is a global pandemic and a national emergency, and nobody is certain what the next days, weeks or months hold.
Like all of you, your local YMCA leadership has continued to monitor and respond to the needs of our community, particularly in light of Governor Pritzker’s order to close all schools, bars, and restaurants. Our greatest strength continues to be bringing people from diverse populations together under one roof, thereby defining “community”.
But the nature of this virus, and how it spreads, presents significant challenges to how we deliver our mission and strengthen community. What is the role of our YMCA at a time when people are being advised to keep their distance from each other?
Until now, we’ve continued to operate the facility under normal business hours with limited programming. However, given the current circumstances, that will change. The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, under recommendation by YMCA of the USA, and for preventative measures voted to close the YMCA to members and guests Effective Monday, March 16 at 5:00 pm at least through Sunday, March 29, 2020.
During this temporary closure, the Y facility will serve only as an emergency school-aged child care program (K-5) for those working families who desperately need care not to exceed 50 kids. Particularly those working parents on the front lines combating this virus including health care workers, nurses, doctors, EMS professionals, police and fire. Like all our programs, we’ll turn no child away due to the inability to pay, and your membership fee and Strong Kids contributions help facilitate this service. More information about registration can be found at https://www.bnymca.org/programs/school-break-days/. Like all programming, this too will continue to be re-evaluated based on community need.
Thank you for your patience, grace, and willingness to understand. While a difficult decision, we are convinced this is the best way to ensure your health and safety while we navigate these unchartered waters. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me anytime at email@example.com. I plan to remain in contact with you to provide continual updates.
WE UNDERSTAND THAT YOU MAY HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TEMPORARY 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 Sunday, March 29, 2020 regarding the status of facilities and programming from that point forward.
Have any Bloomington-Normal 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 temporary closure?
The Y will be doing a deep sanitizing clean during the 2-week closure. We will also be bringing 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 our YMCA on Facebook and stay connected to your community – Bloomington-Normal YMCA
I was in the Y recently, should I be concerned?
To our knowledge, NO person has tested positive for COVID-19 and has entered the Y. However, 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.
I have belongings in my locker, how can I retrieve those?
Our YMCA will remain open through 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020. If you are unable to make it the YMCA before this time, please contact Tessa Mizell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 309.827.6233 to set up a time to come to the Y to retrieve your belongings.
I’ve recently registered my child for Learn to Swim Spring Session. What can I expect with the temporary suspension of programming?
YMCA Learn to Swim Spring session is being extended for a two-week period. The official end date of the spring session will now be May 16, 2020. This program extension is provided at no additional expense to you.
How does this temporary suspension on programming effect my child(ren) participating in Homeschool P.E.?
YMCA Homeschool P.E. is being extended for a two-week period. The official end date of the spring session will now be Friday, April 17, 2020. This program extension is provided at no additional expense to you.
I love group exercise at the Y! How will I be able to keep up with my workouts?
We are bringing you a virtual platform called MOSSA MOVE. This is a 60 day free platform for you to still receive your favorite workouts, each 30 minutes in length. You will have 8 programs to choose from with 2 to 4 workouts per program. You can use any device and will need to submit credit/debit card information to access. Cancelling your payment information is easy - we’ll even send you a reminder to do so! Visit us at bnymca.org to get the link!
I’m a SilverSneakers member. How can I continue to participate in my classes?
Visit SilverSneakers ON DEMAND. Sign in using your SilverSneakers member number. Enjoy your workout from home!
What about WAVES Swim Team
There will be no WAVES Swim Team practices beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 through Sunday, March 29, 2020. We expect to resume our regularly scheduled practices on Monday, March 30, 2020, but this could change. This includes all practice squads, at the Y and BHS.
What about Healthy Kids U?
The YMCA Healthy Kids U program is suspended until April 6, 2020. Questions can be directed to Director of Youth Sports/Wellness, Brad Ruehrdanz at email@example.com
I hear the Y is providing emergency child care for first responders. Is there a way I can help?
Yes! By visiting bnymca.org, you can make a financial contribution to support the operations of this endeavor. Click on the “SUPPORT MY Y’S COVID19 EFFORTS” and follow the prompts from there. Your contribution will make it possible to serve more first responder families during this time.
What about FLYERS Travel Basketball Program?
FLYERS Travel Basketball Program practices are cancelled Monday, March 16, 2020 through at least Sunday, March 29, 2020, but this could change. Youth Sports/Wellness Director, Brad Ruehrdanz, is working diligently with tournament providers to discuss the future of the program at this unprecedented time. Stay tuned to your email for more communication regarding this.
I signed my child up for School Break Days over Spring Break. Are you offering care during this time?
Of course! Your child(ren) is still welcome to attend our School Break Days they are signed up for. We will maintain a cap of 50 kids total for our daily programming. Please make sure that you have completed the proper registration online at https://www.bnymca.org/programs/school-break-days/.