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Building Your Mind + Body + Soul

The Elkins/Randolph County YMCA

Sep 3, 2020

UPDATE 11/14/2020: Per Governor Justice's executive order, face coverings are required to be worn in all indoor buildings, at all times without exceptions.

At the Elkins YMCA, healthy living and social responsibility is at the core of our mission. That’s why as we’ve reopened, we’ve followed public health recommendations and mandates and taken measures to protect members - including spacing equipment 6-feet apart, cleaning and disinfecting regularly throughout the day and introducing a reservation system for many of our activities.

Because the number of both state and local cases of COVID-19 have been increasing at a faster rate than previously, now more than ever we feel the responsibility to do everything in our power to provide a safe environment for our members and staff. To that end, effective July 12 we are requiring that everyone who enters the YMCA facility wear a mask or face covering, without exception.

National, state, and county health officials agree that one the most effective things we can all do for one another is to wear a mask to help slow the spread of COVID-19. If our actions can prevent even one person from getting sick or even worse, losing their life, we will always make that choice.

Masks or face coverings should remain on except when members are actively exercising or swimming in the pool. Please wear your mask before and after participating in any type of exercise activity, while wiping down equipment and while traveling to another area in the facility. As always, while exercising without a mask, members must maintain an appropriate distance from others (at least six feet apart). 

This applies to all staff and members of the YMCA with the following exceptions:

  • Children under 9 years of age. 
  • YMCA group exercise instructors while leading a class.
  • YMCA lifeguard staff while sitting in a guard chair.

We recognize not everyone can wear a mask safely. Individuals who cannot wear a face covering due to a medical condition, or disability, or who are unable to remove the mask without assistance should wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield.

We understand that this is an inconvenience; we certainly all wish things were different, and we look forward to the time our Y is 100% operational again. In the present moment, however, we feel this measure will help make the Y as safe as possible and help us keep our doors open for however long the virus impacts our community. As conditions in our community change, our guidelines and programs may change, and we pledge to keep your health our primary focus and to keep you informed.

Thank you for “sticking with us” during this unprecedented time; we are grateful for your continued support and trust, and for your understanding that our staff is doing the best they can to comply with guidelines that ensure your safe experience at the Y.

Stay healthy and safe.

YMCA Board of Directors           
Elkins-Randolph County YMCA