(Moncton, June 4, 2020) – After plans to reopen last Friday were shelved due to provincial protocols, the YMCA of Greater Moncton will reopen its Health, Fitness and Aquatics Centre at its main facility on War Veterans Avenue tomorrow (Friday) at 6 a.m.
 
“We’re more prepared than ever to welcome back our members, volunteers and staff,” said YMCA of Greater Moncton CEO Zane Korytko.
 
The YMCA of Greater Moncton, which closed temporarily March 14, is one of the first YMCAs in Canada to reopen following closures due to COVID-19. It had planned to reopen last Friday after the Government of New Brunswick announced last month that the province had progressed from the orange to yellow phase of its COVID-19 Recovery Plan. (The yellow phase permits gyms to operate.) But that plan was pushed back a week when the government delayed the reopening of such facilities as a precaution. (The YMCA of Greater Moncton’s Child Care Centre reopened May 19 as per provincial legislation. Some other YMCA community programs, such as ReConnect, have continued to operate.)
 
While the Y’s Health, Fitness and Aquatics Centre will reopen tomorrow, there will be modifications to scheduling as well as additional procedures in place to ensure safety, says Korytko. The modifications and procedures – which will last for two weeks after the reopening and possibly longer – will include:
  • Access to the facility will be limited to YMCA members.
  • There will be reduced facility hours to allow cleaning staff more time to sanitize. The Y will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • Temperature and health screenings will be required upon entering the facility.
  • Floor markings throughout the facility and equipment set-up will allow for proper physical distancing.
  • All gym equipment must be cleaned by members with sanitizing spray and disposable paper towels before and after each use.
  • Locker rooms, showers, saunas, hot tubs and towel service will not be accessible. Universal bathrooms will be available.
  • Pre-registration will be required for group fitness classes, with a one-class daily limit. Members can pre-register through an online portal that can be accessed via the Y’s website www.ymcamoncton.ca.
  • There will be no group aquatics classes. Use of the therapy pool and lanes in the main pool will be by reservation via the online portal noted above.
  • There will be no child or youth programs until further notice. This includes swim lessons and childminding.
  • The Y’s Adult Day Program and Monday program for individuals with dementia are postponed until further notice as the Y works to reopen the programs safely with the help of the Department of Social Development.
  • The YMCA Café is closed.
  • The YMCA Community Garden will open this summer. Registration for the garden is full and participants will begin gardening with adjusted practices to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
“We’ll continue to do our utmost to balance member safety and service,” says Korytko.
 
Korytko notes that the hold placed on membership payments during the closure will continue for two weeks, giving members time to survey the facility and ensure they feel safe during the initial phase of the reopening. The Y will also continue to offer its subsidized membership program.
 
As a charity, the YMCA believes everyone should have access to health and fitness programs in a safe environment. Funds donated from individuals and businesses ensure everyone can access YMCA memberships. Donations may be made online by clicking the ‘Give Today’ button on the YMCA of Greater Moncton website – www.ymcamoncton.ca – or by mail to 30 War Veterans Ave., Moncton, NB, E1C 0B3.  
 
The YMCA of Greater Moncton is a registered charitable organization dedicated to building healthy communities. It is committed to nurturing the potential of children, youth, and families, promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility within the community. Its focus on inclusiveness and accessibility means it serves people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities through all stages of life.