May 21st, 2020
We at the Ohio Valley YMCA are excited to once again open our doors to our members on May 26th, 2020. By focusing on the core values of Caring, Respect, and Responsibility, we can work together to keep each other safe and healthy, and keep the YMCA open. Please click and read the following links to learn about our new guidelines and safety measures.
May 15th, 2020
As many of you have heard, the Governor announced yesterday that fitness facilities may begin to re-open starting on May 26th, 2020. We are currently working on a plan for our own re-opening, and will share those details with you as soon as possible. As always, our goal is to keep our members and employees as safe as possible, and we will be following all guidelines set to ensure that.
No one could have predicted what is going on with the pandemic and the way it has affected individuals, businesses and the Y. Again, we thank all of you who have been able to stick with us. We look forward to seeing you soon.
May 11th, 2020
We want to thank our many loyal members and donors
We at the Y care about our members and community and hope everyone has been able to stay healthy and positive. We are all struggling to adapt to the changes we are facing, but we can get through this - together. The Y has seen communities through many world hardships for nearly 170 years, and we want to continue to see you through this, but we can't do it alone.
We are a membership-based charitable organization. While we provide fitness options, we are so much more. Without your continued support the YMCA would just not continue to exist. The YMCA is a non-profit organization and we rely on the generosity of our members and donors to help us help our community. As we prepare to re-open, we are dedicated to continue our mission of serving all members of our community regardless of ability to pay. Annually our YMCA provides approximately $75,000 in financial aid and scholarships to area youth, families, seniors and veterans that otherwise would not be able to access the wide variety of services that the Y provides.
At this time our community helps bring people together, by staying apart. We are so thankful to those who have been able to stick with us during our closure, so that we can once again open our doors when it is safe.
Our hope was to be open by May 1st, but we are monitoring federal and state updates to understand how new rules and regulations will impact our operations. Our staff has been hard at work doing everything possible to improve our facilities. During this troubled time we have all been through, our organization has stood ready as a designated pandemic child care site and shelter for hospital overflow beds.
We miss seeing your faces each day and hope to again soon. Life at the Y may look different for a while, even after re-opening, as we try our best to make decisions and changes to keep our members and employees safe. This is and always has been our main priority.
As we move forward we ask those who can - stay with us, for a better us.
March 20th, 2020
To our valued YMCA of the Ohio Valley members,
We understand that the closure of our facilities might have felt abrupt and
unexpected. We know it was the right decision under the extraordinary
circumstances because the health and well-being of you, our members, our
community, and our valued staff comes first, always. We are in close contact with
the State of Ohio Governor’s office to monitor the situation and are committed to
reopening as soon as possible. It’s more important than ever to live our YMCA
mission of serving and strengthening our communities.
All of us at the Y are grateful for the outpouring of support many of you have
expressed. We know you still have a lot of questions. We do, too. We are
committed to doing everything possible to secure the future of the YMCA, and all
its services, as these uncertain times continue. Closure for any length of time
represents a significant threat to our non-profit organization. We cannot express
the potentially devastating impact extensive cancellations would have. We know
the Y is an extension of your family and we remain honored and committed to
serving you, just as we have served for the last 129 years. Here are some details
we can share with you.
1. Those currently enrolled in our youth sports and aquatics will have their
programs temporarily suspended during this shutdown time, and will pick
back up again when we are able to re-open. We will continue programs
where we left off.
2. All members have a choice:
--You may consider this month’s membership dues a donation to the Y.
If this is your choice – thank you for supporting our organization
during these uncertain times. No actions are necessary.
--To those that wish to support us through this unfortunate situation, we are
currently working out the details of offering membership credits on a
rolling basis once we are permitted to reopen.
If this is not a viable option for you, we are able to assist you. Our
membership department will be available by email from 9 am to 4 pm
Monday through Friday starting Monday March 23 rd .
Whatever you choose, we thank you for your support and understanding. Please
take care of yourself and one another. Our community is strong, and together, we
will get through this.
Stay healthy and safe,
YMCA of the Ohio Valley
March 16th, 2020
As per Governor Mike DeWine: Fitness Centers Mandated to Close. At the close of business today, all of the following are mandated to close: Fitness centers and gyms, Recreation Centers, Movie Theaters, Bowling Alleys, Indoor Trampoline Parks, and Indoor Water Parks.
For over 100 years, YMCAs, as charitable organizations, have been serving communities in Ohio. With over 162 locations across the state, Ys have a continued history of meeting the needs of those we serve.
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, our commitment to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility will not waiver. Each Y is working closely with local, state, and federal authorities, as well as with one another to respond to the unique needs of communities.
Per Governor DeWine’s order to close fitness facilities, YMCAs must close our fitness operations at the end of day today (March 16, 2020). However, a Y’s decision to continue to provide other essential, non-fitness services, such as child care and feeding programs, will vary by community.
In response to and partnership with public health officials, some Ys, are expanding child care services to meet the needs of the families of first responders and health care workers, as well as providing access to prepared meals and food supplies. Other Ys, at the direction of local departments of health, may temporarily be suspending these services.
In each community the response will appear different. But the dedication to serving our communities remains consistent. We are at the front of this fight and will continue to work with all to help stop the spread of this pandemic. We ask for your patience and continued support as we stand united in service during this unprecedented time.
We ask you to stay with us. Each Ohio YMCA is a charitable organization continuing to support our communities through our mission, as described above. As a cause-driven member, stay with us, even though your access to our fitness centers is temporarily curtailed. We realize not everyone is able to continue supporting the YMCA with their membership dues, but we ask those who can to stay with us.
Ohio State Governor Mike DeWine announced a face mask mandate that will go into effect on Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 at 6pm for anyone aged 10 years and older. The new mask mandate requires individuals to wear masks inside public spaces and outdoors where social distancing is not available.
To comply with these orders members must now wear masks when:
-Entering and exiting the building
-In common areas (hallways, locker rooms, etc.)
-When not actively working out
We are not requiring masks to be worn when:
-Exercising in a class or on fitness equipment
-In the pool
Staff will continue to wear face masks throughout their shifts to create the safest possible environment for all. Please be kind to our staff who are now required by law to enforce this order.
We thank you for your cooperation.