The YMCA of Selma-Dallas County reopened its doors following a lengthy closure starting on March 20 due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
“When we closed our facilities in March, we did so to protect the health and well-being of all our staff, volunteers, members and participants. As we now reopen our facilities, we do so with that same commitment to keeping everyone who enters our doors safe,” said Glenn Haley, who is the CEO.
The facility was originally slated to reopen in April but was pushed back until recently when it opened back up to the public on May 18.
“We are so excited to reopen our facilities to our community. More importantly, however, our Y has always been more than a building. Our Y is about people – people from all backgrounds and walks of life who come together to improve their lives, nurture their families and strengthen their community,” said Operations Director Rashida Morgan.
“We are so incredibly grateful to the people who have stood by us throughout these challenging times. You were here for your community when it needed it most, and we remain here for you.”
However, the YMCA is reopening in phases based on guidelines set by state and local health agencies. The facility will implement sanitation measures “to meet the highest standards for hygiene and safety,” according to a press release from the YMCA.
The first phase includes a change in hours of operation, which are Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and reopening of the weight room, exercise areas, group fitness, aquatics center, and water aerobics.
Staff and members will undergo a screening process and temperature check. Sanitation stations are available for people to use and shared spaces in the building have been adjusted to help with social distancing.
The following will not be available: towel service, equipment rentals such as yoga mats, blocks, jump ropes, basketballs, etc. The use of locker rooms will be limited but showers will not be available and the teen room, ChildWatch Center, and basketball in the gym will be closed.
The YMCA has also suspended all community events and programs until further notice.
“The YMCA of Selma-Dallas County has served Selma and Dallas County for more than 160
years, during which we have made it through many challenging times together, none perhaps as impactful for our community and our Y as this COVID crisis,” said Austin Williams, who is the Community Outreach Liaison for the YMCA of Selma-Dallas County.
“We are thrilled to begin reopening our facilities, welcoming back our members and the community, and getting back to what we do best – helping everyone reach their full potential.”