YMCA Re-Opening May 1st

Y Members, Welcome Back!

The Y is dedicated to the health and safety of our members, staff, and community. We also believe that exercise is a proven immunity-booster and that exercise as a part of a healthy lifestyle is vital to overall health and well-being. Additionally, we understand the mental and emotional dangers of social isolation. The Y aims to help members meet their physical, social, and emotional needs while also implementing doing all we can to offer a safe and healthy environment during these difficult circumstances. Under the guidance of the Governor, County Health Department, and the CDC, guidelines for reopening will be as follows:

Guidelines for Reopening:

Facilities & Programs:

• YMCA of Dyer County will reopen their gym facilities on May 1st; opening at 5 am closing time will be 8pm Monday-Friday. Regular facility hours will apply to Saturdays and Sundays.

• Facilities will be limited to 5 people per 1,000 square feet

• Social distancing of 6 feet between members will be implemented and enforced

• Child Watch will remain closed until further notice

• No outside group meetings or rentals will be allowed

• No pick-up basketball, contact basketball, or other team/contact sports will be allowed;

• Group Exercise Classes will be offered starting on May 11th but will have limited access on a first-come, first-served basis utilizing social distancing guidelines and maintaining 6 feet between members

Member Access Guidelines:

• All members and staff must wear face coverings (masks)

• All members will be required to wash hands or utilize hand sanitizer immediately upon entry

• Please limit workouts.

• We will utilize the 3-question CDC Health Questionnaire upon entry

• Access will be limited to Y Members only; guest passes will not be available

• Please use touchless scan-in using your phone or keytag scan card to limit contact between members and staff

Additional Precautions:

• All staff members will be required to take their temperature prior to starting their shift

• All equipment will be cleaned both before and after each use (treadmills, weights, etc.)

• Additional staff will be scheduled whose sole responsibility is to clean and sanitize equipment, locker rooms, and shared spaces

• Utilized Servpro to disinfect facility before opening.

• Approved disinfectants are used throughout the facility to ensure cleanliness

• Nightly deep-cleaning and sanitizing

Consumer Protection Expectations first visit back:

• Screen customers for illness upon entry to the gym:

o Best practice: Temperature checks for every customer. Persons with temperatures above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit should not be permitted on premise

o Minimum: Question customers regarding COVID-19 symptoms

§ Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?

§ Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?

§ Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?

• Keep doors and windows open where possible to improve ventilation

• Post signs encouraging social distancing (visible to customers)

• Require that customers wash or sanitize their hands upon entering and leaving the facility

• Require customers to clean equipment they come in contact with using disinfecting wipes before and after each use

• Encourage customers to use only one piece of equipment at a time (i.e., no circuits or “super setting”) so that machines are cleaned after use

• Consider limiting workout length to avoid unnecessary exposure, decrease congestion, and allow for additional sanitation

• Recommend that persons more vulnerable or at-risk for COVID-19 as identified by the CDC—including those who are over the age of 65 or those who have chronic medical conditions—take extra precaution or refrain from use of the facility during Phase 1 of re-opening

YMCA of Dyer County will limit access with posted limits in workout areas to promote social distancing. Thru May 11th Cardio Equipment, Weights, and circuit equipment use only. Upstairs Gym will be closed including locker rooms, turf, and basketball courts. Day Lockers, coffee bar, child watch and lobby areas will be closed thru Phase 1 to promote social distancing. We will gradually open other areas in stages to ensure our employees and your safety. We plan to reopen upstairs and start some group classes on Monday March 11th. At this time only YMCA members will be allowed use to our facility and we ask to limit time in facility in working out and focusing on your personal fitness needs.

We appreciate your patience as we roll out our services at a slow and steady pace. We please ask your help wiping down and putting up your equipment after use. We are glad your back and looking forward in servicing your fitness needs.

Thank you,

Randy Butler



Our building may be closed, but the Y's mission work continues as we remain committed to serving and supporting our community during these challenging times. #StayWithUs





An Important Message Regarding Your Membership

Dear YMCA Member,
We appreciate your patience as we navigate these difficult and unprecedented times while also striving to meet unique community needs. On behalf of all staff at the YMCA of Dyer County, we value you and hope you remain safe and well. Though our buildings are temporarily closed, we’re still here for you.
As you know, the Y is a non-profit that operates youth sports, summer camp, feeding sites, and fitness centers. Making the difficult decision to temporarily close our physical sites has put us in a challenging position as we are concerned about our ability to continue to serve and come out on the other side of this and help the communities we treasure, just as we’ve done for the past 25 years. We know without a doubt, that when this pandemic subsides, the services the YMCA provides will be needed like never before. 
During this time of closure our staff are reaching out to local and county government, our hospital, schools, members, and other nonprofits to help where we can.  We are making sure we are filling the gaps when found to help our community in this time of need.  Aiding in feeding site for evening meals, working with sheriff’s department with needs, and working on future plans to better serve the needs during the time of shut down.
There are many needs that need to be met in our community to get through this difficult time, but we’re confident they can be met if we work together. We understand that this season is also difficult for you, and the best course of action is not a “one size fits all” solution. So, we’re here to offer three options and hope one will work for you and your family. Please select the option that is best for you.
If you have questions about any of these options, you can email us at lgregorymca@yahoo.com.
1.      CONTINUE YOUR MEMBERSHIP as is and this will be considered a charitable, tax-deductible    donation (We will ensure you receive an appropriate tax letter.).
2.      HOLD YOUR MEMBERSHIP for a period of 30 days. During this time, no bank draft will occur.
3.       GO ABOVE AND BEYOND by making an individual donation to fund the Y’s efforts during  this time. As mentioned above, should you choose this option, we will ensure you receive an  appropriate tax letter.
If we do not hear from you before 5 p.m. on March 29, 2020, we will continue your current membership draft and YMCA membership, per Option 1 above.
We will continue to communicate with you during this time, based on information that’s available to us all. Making tough decisions to preserve the Y for future generations is unavoidable during this time, but every single commitment of support from you will help.  The Y remains positive that this health crisis is temporary, and our intention is to reopen our branches and programs as soon as it is safe to do so.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. We know you are also dealing with challenges, and we’re thankful for you, even if it’s just in spirit during this time.
For those who can STAY WITH US, you are helping us accomplish so much more… together.
Randy Butler
YMCA of Dyer County


MARCH 19, 11:00am - Thank you for being patient while we’ve worked on decisions and logistics behind the scenes. These are hard times for everyone with many unknowns and moving parts.

We know that our community relies on our YMCA not only as a place to be active and exercise, but also as a safe space where we can come together to build connections and find friendships. Now, more than ever, we need to band together to provide friends and families with the help and encouragement they need during these uncertain times. We are asking you to #StayWithUs as a cause-driven member so that we can continue our mission of strengthening community.

Ways we are taking action: Our YMCA has made ourselves available to our community partners to serve in any capacity that is needed. We have reached out to our city, county, and school leaders offering our support during the trying times.  We expect our Active & Ageless older population to look to the Y for support and we are committed to helping them as so many are self-quarantined for their own safety.

How the Y wants to engage you: Many of our Y staff are actively planning ways to interact with all of our Y family via social media, we are working with Y’s across the state to provide virtual fitness to do at home, personal phone calls and more.  We have ideas to include ALL of our audiences, including those who want physical activity, those entertaining children, those who are home alone and need some social engagement, etc. Members also have access to on-demand exercise classes through Les Mills, which provides over 95 videos across 8 categories: including Youth Workouts, Training & Dance workouts, Post-Pregnancy Exercises, Quick HIIT Workouts and Technique shorts, and the Y360 YouTube Channel.  We will also work on challenges on our YMCA of Dyer County app to help you engage and compete while your at home.

We cannot do this alone. We need the help of YOU, our Y family. The Y is a cause that strengthens our community and we hope you’ll continue to be part of this bigger movement. Your membership fees will allow us to continue to provide services that are most needed during these difficult times. We cannot control how the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold but, we can control how we respond to it. We understand that everyone’s needs are different and we seek to accommodate every request but we ask you to consider the choice to #StayWithUs and be a part of a positive movement that brings us closer together and unites us as a community.

Again, thank you for the understanding that we’re all in this together, facing future days in the best ways we know how, knowing things may continue to change on a daily basis. We will continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC, Y USA, YMCA State Alliance and Dyer County Health Department, but will do our best to open as soon as we can. We hope that you continue to #StayWithUs and partner with us.


Randy Butler

YMCA of Dyer County