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Ashland, OR 97520
Phone: 541-482-9622
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Contact: Ashland Family YMCA
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Ashland Family YMCA, Ashland, Oregon 97520 / ALERTS / COVID-19 and the YMCA

COVID-19 and the YMCA

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May 29, 2020

Dear YMCA Members,
 
We have new practices in place and we are ready for you to come back to the Y on Monday, June 1st!
 
We have been planning and preparing for this reopening for several weeks.  We are now at that point in time where we need to practice what we have planned.  It will be up to all of us to exercise our core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.  Keeping each other honest as we adhere to self-monitoring of our own health, providing feedback and adapting to the new protocols.
 
During phase one of re-opening we are implementing the following temporary changes:
 
Our temporary revised facility hours will be:  
Monday – Friday 7:00am-8:00pm
Saturday-Sunday 9:00am-5:00pm
 
We will be open for member use only.  We will not be honoring guest passes, day passes or nationwide memberships at this time. 
 
Members under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult member or enrolled in a youth program.  
 
We will be taking temperatures of members 17 and under unaccompanied by an adult. 
 
All staff will be wearing masks and we are encouraging members to wear masks as they enter, exit and move about the facility. (click here to view the policy changes)
 
Please come prepared for your work out with your membership key card, water bottle, sweat towel and exercise mat if needed.
 
You will be asked to answer 4 health screening questions before checking in. (click here to see the questions)
 
 What is open for use:

  • The fitness center, weight room, circuit and stretching area have all been rearranged to accommodate physical distancing.
  • The basketball court will be available limited hours for individual play, stretching, walking or running only.  No group or contact sports.  Bring your own basketball. (click here for the schedule)
  • The restrooms are open for use and will be cleaned regularly.
  • We will have limited seating in the lobby.
  • We are phasing in our summer youth programs, please visit our website to register online. (click here for youth program info)
  • We will be answering your phone calls and emails during our temporary revised facility hours.  Call us at 541-482-9622 or email us info@ashlandymca.org
 Classes that are available:
  • In-person outdoor fitness classes for our members, with limited space, in several locations.  Please check the website for the most up to date real-time schedules and availability.  (click here for the Group Fitness Schedule link)
  • Live virtual fitness classes for our members are available for viewing online.  (click here for the full listing of classes)
  • Pre-recorded online fitness classes are available for viewing on our YouTube channel. (click here for our YouTube channel)
 What we look forward to:
  • Reopening our Aquatic Center in a future phase.  We are not allowed to reopen the pool in phase 1, but all the Ys in Oregon are advocating at the state and county level for pools to reopen in phase 2.
  • Reinstating our group fitness classes indoors while taking the health and safety of our members and staff into careful consideration.  We will let you know when we begin to phase in the indoor group fitness classes.
  • Our locker room remodel is on schedule and we look forward to reopening them once the Governor’s orders are lifted.

Lastly, we wanted to help guide you through what the ‘next normal’ at the Y will look like when you return.  Check out this virtual guided tour of how you can embrace the changes at the Ashland Family Y.  Just asking people to follow guidelines and putting up some signs might not do the trick, so this video can show you what life at the Y should look like if we all do our part to keep each other safe and healthy.
 
Please continue to check our website www.ashlandymca.org for updated information regarding our Y.
 
We miss you!
We thank you!
We will get through this together!
 
Dan Crocker, CEO
Ashland Family YMCA

 
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we will get through this together

May 22, 2020

Dear YMCA Members,
 

We are getting excited to welcome you back to the Y and again want to say ‘THANK YOU’ for your continued support of the Y.  We love our Y family and can’t wait to get back together again.  As we prepare to open the Y facility on June 1st, we want to make you aware of some of the changes that you can expect.  We are paying particular attention to how we all enter, exit, move about, wipe down surfaces and maintain proper physical distancing.  There are additional member policy updates to ensure that we all do our part to stay healthy and safe.  Before you return, please check out this link.  We thank you in advance for doing your part to care for yourself and others as you return.
 
We have been watching carefully as some Y’s outside of Oregon have reopened.  Here is a top 10 list of things that we have learned:

  1. Phase your reopening.  We closed quickly, but we need to reopen slowly and get it right!
  2. Don’t open until you are ready.  Ensure you have all that you need to be safe and healthy.
  3. Listen to your members.  Listen and learn what is and is not working and be open to feedback.
  4. Keep your supplies well-stocked.  Many supplies are in low supply.  Make sure you have enough!
  5. Retrain staff.  Some staff will have very different requirements to conduct their jobs safely.
  6. Welcome everyone back.  Make sure everyone feels welcome, but also knows how to do their part.
  7. Provide clear signage.  From how to enter, exit and move about, make sure instructions are clear.
  8. Know and follow guidelines.  Make sure everyone knows what to do and why it is important to do it.
  9. Move from high-touch to No-touch.  This is difficult to do at a Y, but it is the responsible thing to do.
  10. Keep it clean.  Double-down on cleaning schedules, supplies and deep cleaning overnight and throughout the day.

 
Here is a sample of signage that you will see upon your return.  We know that you will be busy with your workouts and routines when you are at the Y, so take a few minutes to read and understand the intent of these messages to keep us all healthy and safe as we reopen.
 
We are so excited to welcome you back into the facility June 1st.  However, we will be offering some outdoor classes and activities beginning next Tuesday!  If you are not ready to move back indoors or just want to ease back into your Y routine, check out our ever-growing list of outdoor classes here.  We know that some of you will choose not to return right away, for your own health reasons, but we will continue to offer over 40 online classes moving forward.  Some are pre-recorded, but several will be offered as a live-stream class.  If you do not know how to access these offerings, give us a call and we can set up a time to walk you through how to take an online class or reserve a space in an upcoming fitness class or activity. 
 
We are making final preparations to welcome you back.  Supplies that have been on back order are beginning to be delivered and stocked.  Plastic screens are being installed at the front desk.  Hand sanitizing stations are operational and new supplies for wiping down equipment is being placed around the facility.  Staff are beginning to determine if they are ready to return to work and we will be able to share our full schedule of offerings on our website next week.  
 
As time goes by, we will keep adding more classes and offerings, so stay informed by subscribing to our website.  Every time we add news or events, you will receive an alert as a subscriber.  
 
If you have any questions, give us a call at 541-482-9622 or email us at info@ashlandymca.org.
 
We miss you!
We thank you!
We will get through this together!
 
Dan Crocker
CEO, Ashland Family YMCA


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May 14, 2020

Dear YMCA Members,
 
Over the last week we have learned that the governor is likely to include many of the programs and services that our Y delivers in Phase 1 of reopening Oregon.  We are excited to welcome everyone back…we have missed you!  We have been looking forward to the day when we can reunite. We understand that reopening comes with many new requirements and an even greater sense of social responsibility.  We have heard, seen and experienced extraordinary acts of kindness, connection and caring from our members, staff and volunteers as we all are doing our part to keep this virus from disrupting our quality of life more than it already has.
 
At the Y, we intend to be a leader and a role model for the responsible handling of our business as we reopen and we will rely on all of you to help keep the Y safe, healthy and adaptable.  There are specific criteria that must be met and a list of required and suggested protocols for the fitness, childcare and aquatics sectors should be delivered this week.  Although aquatics, locker rooms and contact sports and activities will not be included in Phase 1 of the Governor’s plan, much of what we do at the Y can resume soon. 
 
We intend to reopen gradually based on a set of guiding principles that have been adopted by all of the YMCA’s in Oregon:
 
Safe Spaces:  Making sure that our facility stays clean and sanitary and that we know how to work together to keep it that way on a daily basis. 
 
Healthy Members:  Your health is our top priority.  We are paying particular attention to how we all enter, exit, move about, wipe down surfaces and maintain proper physical distancing.  There will be a revised member code of conduct to ensure that we all do our part to stay healthy and safe.
 
Informed Staff:  We have been retraining and redeploying our staff to ensure your safety and health.  Expanded roles in cleaning, check-in and monitoring are being established.  Although no staff were laid off, some staff have gone on or will have the option to go on leave.  We’re using this time to regroup and have staff opt-in or out of their old or new roles.  When we reopen, they will understand all of the new protocols and will do their part to keep us all safe.  We know that you will do the same.
 
Adaptable Programs and Services:  We have already taken steps to adapt almost all of our offerings to ensure safe spaces and healthy members.  Listening to member feedback and keeping an eye on best practices will be key to evolving into the safest, healthiest and most member-friendly Y possible.
 
Reopening Schedule:
May 18:  Continue to offer emergency childcare and online classes.  Open registration (online, by phone and email) to all families, as allowed by the Governor’s guidelines for Childcare and Summer Youth Programs.
May 26:  Offer Outdoor Programs.  From some youth activities to outdoor fitness and wellness offerings, we will be operating some classes outdoors and in some neighborhood settings.
June 1:  Open the Y Facility.  All the Y’s in Oregon are planning to reopen their main facilities, with the exception of pools, saunas and locker rooms (as mandated by the State of Oregon).  This date ensures that we have a full complement of staff, adequate supplies, new protective equipment and proper protocols.
 
As time goes by, we will keep adding more classes and offerings, so stay informed by subscribing to our website.  Every time we add news or events, you will receive an alert as a subscriber.  
 
If you have any questions, give us a call at 541-482-9622 or email us at info@ashlandymca.org.
 
We miss you!
We thank you!
We will get through this together!
 
Dan Crocker
CEO, Ashland Family YMCA


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we miss you


April 22, 2020

 
Dear YMCA Members,
 
The Ashland Family YMCA has been a constant in the daily lives of our members for decades.  Even before we had a facility, the sense of belonging, friendship and connection to a cause was what everyone could count on.  Now, the doors are closed, the halls are empty and we miss seeing your faces, but the feelings of belonging and connection are alive and well!
  
On behalf of the staff and volunteers at the Y, thank you!  If you are in the group that has kept your membership active during this time, which is over 80% of you, I extend a special thank you!  Your continued membership has been a gift that is providing emergency care and creative ways to help people stay healthy, connected and supported.  It has also encouraged a staff and volunteer team that stands ready to welcome you back when it is safe to do so.
 
Here are a few quick updates for you to know about:

  • Your active membership can be tax-deductible.  We will be able to provide contribution letters to you this summer.

  • We are getting the facility in tip-top shape.  The remodeling of locker rooms, annual pool maintenance, upkeep of systems and deep cleaning is in full-swing!

  • We are making plans to embrace the 'new normal' with revised safety standards and adapted programs and classes.

The Ashland Family Y is a special place. It is a cause-driven organization where over 8,000 people in our community belong.  We are for Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility and we are working everyday to deliver on our mission.
 
We miss you!
We thank you!
We'll get through this together!
 
Dan Crocker
CEO, Ashland Family YMCA

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March 26, 2020
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March 23, 2020
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March 17, 2020
     

Dear Members,                                                                                      
             

The Ashland Family YMCA is for Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.  Over the next several weeks we will be taking specific steps to demonstrate our cause in each of these areas.  At our board meeting earlier today three key decisions were made.  1) We will be joining the community mobilization efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by closing our facility for 14 days.  2) We will support emerging needs and vulnerable populations, beginning by making the Y available for emergency childcare.  3) We will be supporting our incredibly dedicated staff and paying them during this 14-day closure. 
 
Here is what you can expect in the coming weeks:

  1. We will be suspending operations at our facility from March 18 to March 31st, except for emergency childcare.  We intend to reopen April 1st, depending on the current situation at that time and on a limited basis in terms of maintaining the recommended precautions. 

  2. We will be offering emergency childcare for medical personnel, healthcare workers, first responders and vulnerable populations.   We will be working with local organizations to roll out registration immediately and information will be available on our website soon.

  3. We will be redeploying our staff to support our members, participants and community.  We will be rolling out online health & fitness courses so people can exercise at home and will offer consultations and helpful information on how to boost your immune system while you are away from the Y facility for a few weeks.

  4. We will be asking our members and donors to support the Y as we support the community.  We do apologize for this interruption to your health & wellness routines, but we hope that you consider keeping your Y membership active.  You joined a cause-driven organization, not just a gym.  Help us stay strong, support the community and avoid having to make cutbacks in the future.

  5. You will still be able to call the YMCA.  Staff will be available to answer calls, return messages and respond to emails.  We are encouraging everyone to check our website regularly during these next few weeks for updates and helpful information.  If people subscribe to our website, you will receive alerts when information is updated.

 
The YMCA as an organization is built on the foundation of supporting and strengthening the community. Through this challenge we will continue to do so. In times of uncertainty or crisis, the YMCA has steadfastly remained a place for health in all aspects: physical, social, emotional, spiritual. We realize these changes are a disruption to routines and the communities within our walls. During these unsettling days, I want to reassure you that as a group we are doing everything we can to continually assess the situation and make decisions based on the greatest potential for positive outcomes. While this is outside what any of us could have imagined, together we can navigate this challenge because we are an organization that is Determined, Hopeful, Welcoming, Genuine and Nurturing.
 
As I type this, Governor Kate Brown just announced an extension of Oregon’s statewide school closure to a total of six weeks, until April 28, and issued further guidance for Oregon’s public schools.  Please know that we will address this and continue to inform you as we adapt to the changes ahead.  As I mentioned before, check our website regularly during these next few weeks for updates and helpful information.
 
It is because of all of you that we can say that we are an amazing place. We couldn’t be US without YOU. I wish you and your families all the best in health through these next few weeks.  We will do our very best to continue to keep you informed and are here for you if you need us or have questions.

Sincerely,
Dan Crocker
CEO, Ashland Family YMCA