ELKINS
RANDOLPH
COUNTY
YMCA

400 DAVIS AVE.
ELKINS, WV 26241
TEL (304) 636-4515

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Building Your Mind + Body + Soul

The Elkins/Randolph County YMCA

Apr 28, 2020

EFFECTIVE MAY 26TH

Welcome Back to the Y

Thank you for staying with us during these incredibly challenging times. We are excited to share with you that we are preparing to reopen the facility. Our target date is Tuesday, May 26th following the holiday weekend.

You may have already read Governor Jim Justice’s guidelines for gyms and wellness centers. If not, you can read them here. As you will see, there are several requirements that we must implement to reopen the facility.

For a while, the way we will interact with each other will be different, but at the Y, you will always be able to connect with people and improve your health and wellness. In the coming days, information will be posted on our website about the steps we are taking to provide members with the safest experience we can. Here is some basic information about what has temporarily changed:

  • Based on the guidelines provided by the state; locker rooms, the racquetball court, gymnasium, and pool may not open at this time.
  • Equipment in the weight room and cardio room have been spaced to allow for social distancing.
  • We are asking members to wipe down the equipment before and after use. We are also recommending that members wear a face covering, to the extent possible, to comply with the Governor’s guidelines.
  • During this phase of reopening, the use of the facility is only available to members. We are not offering day or guest passes, and we will not honor visiting nationwide memberships at this time.
  • All members will be required to enter the facility through the lobby. Members must check in AND out with the front desk staff so that we can monitor occupancy levels to comply with the Governor’s guidelines.
  • We welcome our youth members to visit the facility to exercise, but children 12 and younger must be supervised by an adult.
  • For now, new and renewing memberships will be sold online or by phone only to help reduce transactions at the front desk.
  • Normal drafting for membership dues will resume June 1st. If you purchased a short-term membership prior to our closing, your membership end date will be extended to account for the time lost.

Prior to your first visit to the facility, we are required by our insurance company to collect new membership waivers. We will be emailing members a link to the waiver, which can be completed online. You can also print a copy from our website here or complete a waiver at the facility.

For the week of May 26th, we will initially offer limited hours of operation. We will confirm these hours later this week. We look forward to expanding our hours and programs in the weeks to come. We will keep members updated on when we can resume classes, expand facility access, and offer childcare services.

One final note, please be patient and kind with our member services staff! Our staff are all working together to implement these new requirements and they will need your support and cooperation to make these temporary changes work.  

We’re so happy to welcome you back. Together, we’re a better us!

 
EFFECTIVE APRIL 25TH 
 
Dear members,
 
We hope you and your family members are all well. It sure has been a long month! With Governor Justice’s announcement of West Virginia’s “comeback” plan, we can all look forward to regaining a little more normalcy in our daily lives. It has been a challenging time for us all, and this was a bright piece of news yesterday.
 
Of course, the governor’s plan does not mean that we can return to our daily routines as they were before Covid-19. We all need to “stay the course” and follow the CDC, the state’s and our local health department’s recommendations to keep ourselves and our neighbors safe.
 
Following the governor’s timeline, it is possible that we could re-open later in May. We have been working on our own plan for re-opening and are now waiting on more directions from the YMCA of the USA and the CDC specific to our industry.
 
Unfortunately, re-opening is not as simple as unlocking the doors and switching on the lights. What we are currently planning is to re-open by initially offering limited access to the equipment rooms and gradually build back programs and classes over the summer and fall.
 
There are many considerations like the availability of commercial disinfecting supplies and personal protective equipment, and we are working to carefully consider all these factors.
 
When we have an approved plan in place, we will share it with you. When the time comes to open the doors, we ask for your continued support and cooperation in following the new protocols that will help us keep the facility safe and sanitized. 
 
Since we do not have a firm date in place, we will not be drafting membership dues again for the month of May. A huge thank you to all the members who have reached out and donated their dues during the closing to help us meet our occupancy costs. It has really helped, and it has been wonderful to hear from you. If you are willing and able to donate, and haven't already contacted us, please get in touch with us at [email protected]
 
We will be in touch soon to share the plan. We look forward to seeing you soon - from a distance of course!
 
Thank you.
 
Sid Gillispie
Executive Director
 
EFFECTIVE MARCH 25TH

Dear members,

Just like every crisis our country has faced before, we will face this threat together. And just like it’s been for the last 117 years, the Elkins Y is here for good.

Even though we can’t be open to our members at this time, please know we care about you and your health and wellness. You are the heart of this organization, and we know how much you depend on the Y. We ask that you support each other and stay connected. Reach out to your fellow Y members and neighbors, especially those who may be alone during this time.

There is no way to predict how long we will be required to keep the facility closed. Naturally, during this closure we will not be drafting membership dues. We understand that this is an unprecedented situation and we are all being impacted financially.

For those of you who are able, we’re asking you to stick with us, if you can. If you are willing to continue to draft your monthly dues, please reach out to us at [email protected]. We can’t thank you enough for your support. For however long we are closed, we will send you a donation letter for tax purposes to reflect your membership fees during the closure.

It’s important for us all to remember that this is not forever. There’s a bright future ahead, but the only way we get there is together.

Thank you.

 
EFFECTIVE MARCH 17TH
 
Dear members,
 
These are unprecedented times. COVID-19 is a global pandemic and a national emergency, and nobody is certain what the next days, weeks or months hold.
 
It’s been difficult for us to decide how best to serve the community. The Y brings people together and creates personal connections.
 
But the nature of this virus, and how it spreads, presents significant challenges to how we deliver our mission and programs. What is the role of a YMCA at a time when people are being advised to keep their distance from each other?
 
We were hoping to continue to allow members access to the facility. However, we have a greater responsibility to the community to do everything in our power to help prevent the spread of this virus. And so, we have decided that we must temporarily close the facility.
 
We will close Tuesday March 17th at 12:00 pm. We understand that closing our facility will affect many of our members. During this closure, you can expect updates from us via email, on our website at www.elkinsymca.com and on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/YmcaElkins. Please direct any inquiries to our e-mail address at [email protected]
 
We will work with local officials to determine what other actions, if any, would be prudent on our part and when it will be safe to reopen our facilities.
 
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this evolving and challenging situation. We look forward to returning to business as usual as soon as possible.
 
With gratitude,
 
Sid Gillispie
Executive Director
Elkins-Randolph County YMCA
 
FAQs
We understand that you may have questions about the closure of our YMCA facilities:
 
When will the Y open again?
The Y will reassess the situation on an ongoing basis and will update members no later than March 27th regarding the status of facilities and programming from that point forward.
 
Have any Elkins YMCA members tested positive for COVID-19?
No. At this time, we are not aware of any staff, volunteers, members or participants who have tested positive for COVID-19.
 
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.
 
 
EFFECTIVE MARCH 14TH
 
Dear members,
 
As the situation with COVID-19 continues to unfold locally and across the country, we wanted to provide an update about how our Y is responding in this constantly changing situation.
 
We are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as recommendations from the YMCA of the USA, the State of West Virginia and the health department to help us make informed decisions.
 
As there are no confirmed regional cases yet, we would like to keep the facility open for now. We do plan, however, to make some changes to our operations to increase our ability to keep the facility sanitized for the safety of our members, staff and community.
 
Suspension of Day Passes and Guest Visitors
 
In order to limit the number of visitors to the facility and face-to-face exchanges at our member services desk, we will limit access to the facility to members only. This will take effect Saturday, March 14th. This means we will not sell day/visitor passes or honor guest privileges.
 
Suspension of Child Care Programming
 
Because our facility is used by all ages and our rooms are multi-purpose, we have decided to close our after-school program and babysitting service at this time. This was a difficult decision as we are aware of the extra burden this will cause working families. However, following the same reasoning for closing schools, we want to limit the chance that our Y kids are exposed to germs and then return to their homes and expose family members.
 
Select Closing of Rooms
 
In order to increase the capacity of our cleaning staff to sanitize the facility, we are closing several rooms. This includes the youth and teen center, the (blue) fitness studio by the racquetball court and the cycling studio.
 
Programs and Classes
 
Announcements about any changes or cancellations to our group exercise and pool schedule will be made separately as the situation evolves. We are reviewing our group exercise schedule to ensure that classes have adequate space to allow members to keep a six-foot radius between them and other class participants. For now, our pool schedule remains the same.
 
What can members do?
 
If you or a loved one are experiencing flu-like symptoms, including fever, coughing, sneezing and shortness of breath, we ask that you please stay home, rest and contact a medical provider if symptoms worsen.
 
Hand washing remains the most effective method of preventing the spread of germs, including coronavirus. 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.
 
We are asking all members to clean equipment BEFORE and AFTER workouts, with the disinfectant available in the weight room and cardio room. Please also make use of hand sanitizer, which is available throughout the building.
 
While no one can predict with certainty whether our community will be severely impacted by coronavirus, we believe it is important to be prepared for the possibility. We hope that temporary changes to our daily schedules will help keep everyone in our community healthy and safe.
 
We will keep you updated with information on the Y as it develops in the days and weeks to come. For up to date information, please visit our Facebook page facebook.com/YmcaElkins/. If you have questions, please reach out to us at [email protected] or 304-636-4515.
 
On behalf of our staff and board of directors, we value you, our members, and thank you for your understanding, support, and cooperation in helping to keep our community safe.
 
Sid Gillispie
Executive Director