March 16th, 2020
Our YMCA continues to take action to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure for the YMCA Community and members of the public. As a result, the following actions are effective Monday, March 16th, 2020 at 11:59pm.
These actions come after careful consideration and as always, the YMCA of Regina looks to credible experts such as the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Health Canada and the World Health Organization as the source for current factual, information.
While there have been no reported cases within the YMCA of Regina Association, we believe that to help prevent the further spread of the virus, we have decided to make the very difficult decision to suspend operations in the following areas:
• All YMCA of Regina health, fitness and aquatic centres are closed, and all related health, fitness and aquatics programs, services and rentals are cancelled effective Tuesday March 17th until further notice
• Community Development programs in both Regina and Moose Jaw will be suspended effective March 17th until further notice
• Before and After School Programs and Early Learning Centres in both Regina and Moose Jaw will be suspended as of March 20th until further notice
At this point, all childcare Centres in both Regina and Moose Jaw will continue to operate as normal, except for those locations that are operated within the public and separate school system. We are currently investigating how those centres within joint use facilities will be affected going forward.
To help assist in our prevention efforts, upon arrival to any childcare centre, a staff member will be taking the temperature (underarm) of children and asking a few questions related to the symptoms of COVID-19 in alignment with the Government of Saskatchewan’s recommendations. This will be effective as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
Your health and wellness remain a priority to us. Please know this is a pre-emptive solution to try to slow the spread of COVID- 19 in our community. During this shutdown, we’ll be committing to a deep clean of our facilities and centres.
With regards to your membership with the YMCA of Regina, we will be placing all membership payments on hold while we work toward an opening date in the future. With this temporary shut down, we will review your account and adjust your membership term for the period of closure once we are open for business.
While we will endeavour to answer all your individual questions during this unprecedented and challenging time, please be aware that there may be a delay in our capacity to acknowledge all contact received during this time. We will provide updates as they become available through our website and our social media channels.
For our members who may be asking how you can help during this challenging time, we ask that you please help us in supporting the YMCA to ensure that we are able to work through this crisis together. As one of the communities longest running charities, we understand that we only exist because of your continued support. Donations can be made at anytime by visiting regina.ymca.ca/donate.
We ask that you consider if you are able to do so, donating the amount of your regular membership fee to the YMCA so that we can continue to operate now and into the future. We know your membership is very meaningful to you and that “meaning” lies in the relationships and memories you have built at the YMCA.
We truly understand how these difficult times are impacting all our members, participants, staff and volunteers, and we sincerely appreciate all the understanding and patience as we work through this unprecedented time in our history together.
Chief Executive Officer