Updated Monday, March 30th, 2020

Updated Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

The safety and well-being of our members, staff, volunteers and all in our community is our priority, now more than ever. Thank you for being part of the Y and for all you are doing to support the greater good as we all face this unprecedented health challenge.

While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at any Cedar Rapids Metro YMCA facility, at the most recent direction from the Governor we have been required to TEMPORARILY close all five YMCA facilities and YMCA Camp Wapsie effective Tuesday, March 17th at 1:00 PM until further notice.

Leadership is closely monitoring this situation day-by-day in order to further determine a safe reopening date. Our association will continue to provide regular updates as we navigate through this extremely difficult time. We will continue to communicate with members via email and regularly update this page and our Facebook page.

This TEMPORARY closure will have very real financial consequences, however, as we intend to continue employment for our full-time staff during this challenging time. We will rely heavily on the continued support of members, program participants and donors. Therefore, we ask that if you are able, please continue to pay your monthly Y membership dues and enroll in future programming. This will ensure the Y is able to provide services when this crisis has passed.

WAYS TO STAY ACTIVE

To help you stay healthy in spirit, mind and body during this time, we offer on-demand workouts that can be accessed online through our website. There is NO extra charge to access these classes through Y360. There are a variety of classes offered that are updated regularly and include workouts for all ages.

Thank you for supporting our efforts and leaning in with us as we work to combat this pandemic together. The YMCA is so much for than just a fitness facility, pool or place to workout. We are a community, and we will do everything we can to move past this historical event to better serve you and your family.

During this time, we ask that you contact your local branch between the hours of 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM with questions.  Beginning Monday, March 23rd, we ask that you direct all calls to our Helen G Nassif YMCA at 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

Updated Monday, March 16th, 2020

At the Y, the health and safety of the communities we serve has always been our top priority. In light of the most recent recommendations from the Iowa Department of Public Health and the CDC designed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, all branches of the YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Area are implementing the following measures, effective: Monday, March 16, 2020:

  • All group fitness classes, personal training and massage therapy sessions are suspended until further notice. This includes water exercise classes, small group training, and Active Older Adult classes and programming.
  • All adult sports leagues are postponed until further notice including volleyball and basketball.
  • Youth programming is suspended until further notice. This includes all youth sports, swim lessons, private swim lessons, and child watch.
  • Parent’s Night Out on March 21st and the Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt on April 4th are both cancelled at the Marion YMCA.
  • Healthy Kids Day on April 18th at the Stoney Point YMCA is cancelled.
  • The following Camp Wapsie programs are cancelled: Spring Fling Camp (March 28th – 29th) and the Easter Egg Hunt (April 11th).
  • We are not able to issue guest passes, honor visitors or Slot Groups until further notice.
  • Facility rentals will not be available until further notice.
  • Branches will be implementing restrictions designed to help members maintain Centers for Disease Control guidelines.
  • The Y supports the recommendation of the Iowa Department of Public Health that individuals 60 years of age and older with underlying health conditions should stay at home and avoid situations of potential exposure.
  • Through signage and other announcements, we are reminding members to help prevent the spread of illness by taking the following steps:
  • Members and staff should not come to the Y if they are sick.
  • Thoroughly clean all machines and equipment before and after each use, using the cleaning supplies provided.
  • Practice hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette measures:
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds and use the hand sanitizer provided before and after working out
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue and discard the tissue after use
  • Avoid personal contact such as handshakes or high-fives

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank our members for their patience and understanding. We believe this is the socially responsible thing to do during this national health emergency.

Our leadership team is monitoring all local, state and national developments around the clock. We will provide you with regular updates and are prepared to take additional steps as needed to safeguard the health and well-being of our members, staff and communities.

We are in unprecedented times, calling for an unprecedented response on the part of all individuals and organizations in the community. Please stick with us as we work through this challenge, so we can be here for you better and stronger than ever once the crisis has passed.

Please contact your local branch for any updates as the situation continues to change rapidly. As of today, our locations will remain open for regular hours but as stated above, we are suspending programming until further notice to limit the amount of people that are in our facilities per the CDC’s guidelines. Please keep updated by checking this page and our Facebook page.

Updated Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

KEEPING YOU HEALTHY & SAFE

YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metro Area understands you may be concerned about your health and safety when visiting our facilities and/or participating in programs during the recent outbreak of coronavirus. We want to assure you that members’ and employees’ concerns are important to us and that we consider it a top priority to protect your health.

OUR ROLE:

The YMCA is committed to making sure that health and safety comes first when taking care of all people. We are continuing to uphold our highest quality cleaning standards as a staff team, as we employ professional cleaning services for our buildings year-round. We are heightening our cleaning services and focusing on frequently touched surfaces such as counters, door handles and knobs, phones, fixtures, and exercise mats and equipment. We are also stockpiling cleaning products and making them available to staff in all departments and locations to keep their areas clean and disinfected. We are using a disinfectant and anti-viral solution that is designated as effective in preventing the spread of human coronavirus.

A team of leaders from departments across the organization is meeting regularly to monitor the situation and ensure our current processes and policies align to create the healthiest environment possible for both our members and our staff. Leadership is taking direction from local, state and federal health officials regarding best practices for protecting the health of individuals of large groups in close proximity. This includes recommendations regarding normal operating hours and program participation. We urge people to visit Linn County Public Health and the CDC’s websites for updates and best practices for keeping you and your family safe and healthy.

YOUR ROLE:

We encourage everyone to do their part in helping prevent the spread of viruses. Hand washing remains the most effective method of preventing the spread of germs, including coronavirus. Wash your hands 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. Additional everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like coronavirus include:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick until you’ve been free of fever for 24 hours.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
If you or a loved one are experiencing flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough and shortness of breath, please stay home, rest and contact your medical provider.
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