YMCA & COVID-19
March 17, 2020: On March 16, the YMCA volunteer Board of Directors decided to keep the YMCA closed for four weeks. The YMCA leadership team dove into this challenge headfirst and are implementing ways the YMCA can still help support the community during this time of need. the YMCA facility may be closed but the Y is still open. We ask Siouxland to help us discover some of those needs. Please comment on our Facebook posts with ideas on how the YMCA can help our community. In the next few days, the YMCA will launch a number of virtual offerings to the entire community. We hope to roll some of them out today. Stay tuned for updates to come. Thank you for supporting the YMCA during this crucial time.
Sincerely, the YMCA Leadership Team and Board of Directors
YMCA CLOSED Starting on March 16, 2020…
The Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA is temporarily CLOSED!
The YMCA Executive Committee and the CEO met Sunday afternoon to discuss the COVID-19 situation. It was agreed that if the Sioux City Schools closed and canceled school, the YMCA would close as well. At 9:45 p.m. this evening it was announced the Sioux City Schools would be closed for four weeks. The YMCA Board will address the situation on Monday and will make a decision about whether to keep the YMCA closed.
These are not easy decisions and we will have more information as tomorrow presents itself. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes anyone however, the safety of our members and guest are our TOP priority.
Starting March 13, 2020, the YMCA will be closing the Steam Room and the Dry Sauna.
Starting March 12, 2020, the YMCA will reduce the number of participants or cancel any event or gatherings of 100 or more individuals.
As of right now, there are no cancellations for any programs at this time. However please continue to check here for the most up-to-date info or contact the Y at 402-404-8439.
Starting March 12, 2020, the YMCA will also implement a different Sportsmanship end of the game celebration. The typical “Good Game High Five” for our young sports participants will have a different look.
Press Release: March 12, 2020
Monitoring Coronavirus, Putting Facility Hygiene & Community Safety First. Safety, of our Siouxland members and guests, is our top priority.[SIOUXLAND COMMUNITY, 03/12/2020] – The Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone who enters our doors. There are growing concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus, and in an effort to keep you and your family healthy and prevent the spread of germs, we are sharing some important information.
Should this issue escalate in our community, the Y will take necessary precautions to ensure that our staff and community are safe. We’ve educated our staff and are practicing additional hygiene and cleaning practices to ensure that our facility and program locations remain safe.
These general practices are in place for YMCA staff, members and guests in our program areas:
- Frequent hand washing is encouraged and practiced.
- Cough and sneeze etiquette is encouraged.
- Common areas are frequently cleaned including door handles, fitness equipment, lockers, tables/countertops, phones, and other commonly “high-touched” items.
- Sanitation stations and hand sanitizers are available in all our high traffic areas.
- YMCA staff, members and guests are asked to stay home when ill (and to remain home for 24 hours after symptoms have disappeared if the illness is flu-like or gastrointestinal)
“The YMCA’s leadership is monitoring COVID-19 nationally, regionally and locally. Here at the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA in Siouxland, we have implemented additional steps to deliver a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone while addressing the community’s concerns. Some of which include the reduction of large crowds and potentially closing down a few areas within the facility. We encourage everyone to connect with the Welcome Center (402) 404-8439 or our visit website at www.nwsymca.org for the most up-to-date information. As an organization committed to strengthening the foundations of the Siouxland community, we are dedicated to doing our best to be here for you,” Rhonda R. Robson, CEO.
Thank you for working with us to ensure our YMCA community is safe and welcoming.
About the Y
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women, and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net