At the Y, the health and safety of all who walk through our doors has always been our top priority. The Springfield Board of Directors, with advice from public officials and the National YMCA, have decided to close our branches effective Monday March 16. We will continue to monitor the fast-changing environment and respond to the best of our ability. At this point we plan to be closed until Monday March 30. This includes all programs and services provided at or through YMCA of Springfield. We are exploring alternative ways to meet community needs during this time, in partnership with health officials and other community leaders.
Although no member or staff have tested positive for COVID-19 at our facilities, we believe that continuing to operate and run programming during this time would be counterproductive to the protective social distancing measures that have prompted area K-12 schools to temporarily close in response to growing concern over the COVID-19 pandemic. The priority is to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 virus so that our hospitals do not become overloaded.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank our members for their patience and understanding. We remain committed to supporting and strengthening our communities. We believe this is the socially responsible thing to do and we do not take this measure lightly.
Our Y leadership teams remain in constant contact with state and local agencies and we will continue to communicate with members in a timely and transparent manner. The Y will reassess the situation in conjunction with prevailing recommendations from federal and local officials,. Please check our website regarding the status of our facilities and programming moving forward.
Remember, the CDC recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID- 19 and the flu, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Stay home when you are sick and return to the Y when you are feeling better
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
Thank you for working with us to ensure our YMCA community remains safe and healthy.
YMCA Temporarily Closes Facility Due to Concern over Coronavirus – Press Release 03.15.20