The YMCA has temporarily suspended
facility access, programs, services, and events.
Our national conversation is focused on coronavirus. Please stay informed, understand your personal health risks, and take appropriate safety precautions.
We’re acting on the following information:
Read the latest information on this release from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (3/20/2020): https://www.
As a result of market forces and the national conversation, the stock market has dropped significantly in recent days. Colleges and Universities have sent students home in favor of on-line classes. National conferences have been canceled. Major cities have been shut down. Air transportation is limited. These market forces will have adverse effects for many of those we serve. It will also have an adverse effect on those who support the Y through charitable giving, our local businesses and our community of friends and family.
It is noteworthy that the last Wood River Community YMCA audit reported more than $878,000 in financial assistance and program subsidy. Your local Y employs approximately 199 hard working people who strive to improve the lives of others through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Like many of those the Y serves, these people depend upon stable YMCA operations to meet their basic needs.
This crisis may pass quickly or it may take time. Some of our members, program participants, volunteers, and staff feel unsafe coming into the Y. Our community may face serious illness. Jobs and social programs are being threatened by forces beyond control. Some of our donors have been hurt by the stock market. The Y’s earned and contributed income may fall significantly. After we resume services, our staff may still decide not to work. We simply cannot know. We are acting based on the facts and with care for all those we love and serve.
Please know that we are taking every precaution we believe effective to care for our members, volunteers, and staff. We care about our community’s health and the job security of those working in our community. Potential job losses and school closures may create significant food insecurity and increased homelessness. Families will struggle nationwide and right here in our community. After this crisis is past, we will work hard to care for our neighbors as we recover together. Please stay calm and demonstrate care for your neighbors.
Here’s what we’re doing:
- The Y has suspended all facility access, programs, and events as directed by appropriate health officials, but will attempt to restart as soon as possible, including limiting hours or closing specific facilities for safety or staffing reasons.
- We understand that, especially during times of stress, access to exercise is an important mental health concern. Please know that we’re doing all we can to resume access.
- We understand that families need care to work. Please know that we’re doing all we can to reopen these services as soon as possible.
- All youth programs, including childcare, are temporarily suspended. The Y is working with Blaine County School District, which has determined that temporary closure is necessary to slow the spread of this disease. The District is acting at the direction of appropriate health officials.
- Our Child Watch will likely remain temporarily closed even when other facility access restarts.
- Group exercise classes may be temporarily suspended even after we reopen. We will review this decision daily.
We do not know if personal risk is increased in group class as opposed to independent exercise. Because members exercising independently may come in contact with many pieces of equipment and surfaces in quick succession as opposed to group classes where everyone has an assigned floor space, the opposite may be true. Virex is available for member use and we ask that you wipe every surface before and after use. Our staff will be working hard to clean, but please take action to protect your health.
- Even if Group Exercise classes resume, staff will be empowered to cancel classes at any time, and without notice, to protect their own sense of safety.
- We have sent important personal and community safety guidance to staff, volunteers, participants, and members via email. Please update your email address with Y staff or check this webpage regularly to have up-to-date information from the Wood River Community YMCA.
- Signs have been posted through our facility and program sites advising hand-washing, cough covering, and staying home when you don’t feel well. These will remain when we reopen.
- When we reopen, staff will be authorized to send participants, members, volunteers, and other staff home if they suspect that someone could be ill. Please be kind. No one is trying to disrupt your care, service, or stress relief. We are simply working to protect everyone. If asked to stay home, please do so without protest.
- When we reopen, staff will be directed to stay home when they don’t feel well.
- Staff will have permission to stay home if they feel unsafe being exposed to others.
- After we reopen, you should stay home if you feel unsafe, or if you are sick, or vulnerable due to age or a compromised immune system.
- CDC flyers are on the coffee bar with guidance you can also find here: https://www.cdc.gov/
- Our contracted cleaning crew has attended a special training.
- Our cleaning products are known to kill coronavirus (Virex)
- Welcome Center staff will be saturating rags in Virex every hour and cleaning the counters, tables, coffee bar, and railings.
- Welcome Center staff will scan your membership cards, but you will need to hold the card.
- Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building (while supplies last)
- Health Center staff will be cleaning with Virex when we reopen.
- We’ve stopped shaking hands but are still excited to see you.
- We have a video playing in the lobby that teaches members and guests how to wash hands, cover their cough, navigate the bathroom, and asks them to stay home if they are ill. You may watch this video by following this link: https://youtu.be/NzAjH-
- Hours may remain limited if staffing becomes difficult.
- We are regularly receiving information from Y-USA, the Mountain States Alliance of YMCAs, CDC, Blaine County School District, and Blaine County Recreation District.
- Even when we reopen, our steam rooms will remain temporarily closed.
- According to our CPO, the pool chemistry is sufficient to kill any virus.
We are taking these precautions to care for our members, participants, volunteers, and staff. We will work diligently in the future to care for our community during and after this crisis. If you have ideas about how we can do more, please email me at email@example.com On behalf of the board, staff, volunteers, and my family, I wish you health and safety. Thank you for supporting the YMCA and our mission.