March 17, 2020
We realize that the closure of our YMCA might have felt abrupt and unexpected. However, as an organization dedicated to the health and wellbeing of its members, our staff and the community at large, we feel it is our responsibility to heed the advice of Y-USA and government officials in regards to limiting the potential spread of the virus. We will continue to stay updated on the situation and remain committed to reopening as soon as possible.
It is more important than ever to live our YMCA mission and to strengthen our community. While we can’t serve you in person, please check out the following options for use in the meantime.
- MOSSA Move – Access to a free 60 day trial of digital-on-demand programming
(To access and activate, please visit www.emporiagreensvilleymca.org & see article and link on the Home page.)
- YMCA Group Fitness Instructor-Led Videos – Visit www.emporiagreensvilleymca.org (Home page or Programs Tab>Health & Wellness) to view brief exercise videos created by three of our YMCA Group Fitness Instructors.
- Pre-School Stories – Visit www.emporiagreensvilleymca.og (Home page) to view videos of YMCA Pre-School Coordinator Jennifer Siegrist reading children’s stories.
- You may also access all of the above on the YMCA’s YouTube Channel (from the YouTube site, search for Family YMCA of Emporia-Greensville).
We understand there are lots of questions, and we appreciate you providing us grace as we work through the details. Please be assured that our Board of Directors will be reviewing best practices and consulting with other YMCAs across the Commonwealth as it makes decisions on policies affecting membership fees during the closure. As such, we will provide additional updates as soon as possible.
Lastly, I would like to thank you all for your continued support of our YMCA – in the good times and in the bad. Without each of you, there would be no YMCA – no place for people of all ages, all races, all economic levels to gather and interact positively for the betterment of each of you and the community itself. We are honored that you have been a part of our YMCA family and look forward to weathering this storm with each of you going forward.
Kristin S. Vaughan
Family YMCA of Emporia-Greensville, Inc.
212 Weaver Ave., Emporia, VA 23847 × Office: 434-348-9622
March 16, 2020
It is with great sadness and regret that I must announce that our YMCA will close at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and remain closed through Sunday, March 29, 2020. While we realize the extreme inconvenience this will cause, based on input from YMCA of the USA, statewide health officials, and conversations among other health care leaders, we feel this is best for the overall health of our members, staff and the community at large.
As we said before, this is a rapidly evolving disease that requires constant monitoring and quick response. Thus, we will continue to work with the officials mentioned above to adapt as necessary. In addition, we are in the process of brainstorming ways our Y can be of service to our community despite being closed. More updates will follow as additional information becomes available. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this most stressful time for our nation. As always, if you have concerns or questions, please feel free to give me a call at 434.348.9622.
Kristin S. Vaughan
March 13, 2020
YMCA Members and Parents,
As you are all aware, much of our nation is focused on the coronavirus situation - which is rapidly changing from day to day. Please be assured that we are monitoring the situation very closely and using national, statewide, & local resources to make the best decisions possible for our community.
As such, our YMCA's plan for now is to remain open unless (or until) there is a local diagonosis and/or advice from the local Health Department otherwise. That being said, we are taking additional safety precautions to help keep everyone who enters our facility safe. In particular, we will be exercising the following measures (above and beyond our normal protocols):
- Cleaning all areas of the YMCA thoroughly (with special emphasis on "high contact" areas) using solutions approved to kill the coronavirus
- Encouraging those who are most at-risk to use extreme caution and/or refrain from using the YMCA until the threat of infection has lessened
- Encouraging frequent hand-washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
- Encouraging members to stay home if they feel ill
- Encouraging members to wipe down exercise equipment more frequently
- Implementing measures to reduce member to member & member to staff contact (members scanning their own ID cards, etc)
In addition, we ask that all parents who are sending their children to the YMCA (for childcare, Childwatch, etc) keep them at home if they are showing any symptoms of illness (fever, cough, etc). Most importantly, if your child is identified with symptoms while in our care, we will require them to be picked up immediately. While we recognize the inconvenience this may cause, the safety of all children and staff members is of utmost importance.
Lastly, while it is our plan to remain open, please understand that due to the rapidly evolving nature of this disease, this plan may need to be altered to better ensure everyone's safety. Thus it is best if everyone begins working on a back-up plan should the YMCA have to close. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates as often as is necessary. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this most stressful time for our nation. As always, if you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to give me a call at 434.348.9622.
Kristin S. Vaughan