YMCA of Greenville will reopen with commitment to safety

GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 15, 2020) — YMCA of Greenville has announced that it will reopen on Monday, May 18, after Governor Henry McMaster lifted restrictions on close-contact services, including gyms. The YMCA is committed to the safety of its members and staff and will be reopening its facilities with the care and thoughtfulness needed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread.

YMCA of Greenville developed a multi-phased opening to ensure branches are adhering to guidelines set by accelerateSC and the CDC. New safety measures will be implemented for members and staff.

“We are excited to welcome back members to the Y,” said Scot Baddley, president and CEO, YMCA of Greenville. “Our team has been working tirelessly to support our community through the COVID-19 pandemic, and now we’re working to provide a safe space for members where they can focus on their health. Our staff has been trained to guide our members through this new process so we can all work together to stay safe.”

In the first phase, the Y’s reopening plans includes the following safety measures:
 Before staff and members access the facility, their temperatures will be taken, and they will be asked to answer a health questionnaire.
 In order to enforce social distancing, equipment will be spaced out, cardio equipment usage will be restricted to every other machine, and there will be limited capacity in each facility and in group exercises classes to provide the recommended six feet of space.
 Gyms will be used for group exercise classes to provide a 10x10 ft. space for participants and instructors.
 The Y requests that members wear a mask whenever possible, especially in common areas.
 Members will be asked to bring a filled water bottle, towel and their own yoga mat if participating in a class.

In addition to new safety measures, the YMCA will have reduced hours and be closed on Sundays to allow for the deep cleaning of all facilities. In the first phase of opening, programming will also be limited. A full list of programs and services that are paused is available on ymcagreenville.org. Additional classes, amenities and programs will be added in subsequent phases in accordance with executive orders and guidance from health officials.

For more vulnerable populations and for those who aren’t able to visit a facility at this time, YMCA of Greenville will continue to provide opportunities to stay healthy virtually. Classes can be accessed via the YMCA website or Facebook page.

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About the YMCA of Greenville SC
The YMCA of Greenville is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families, and communities. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves Greenville’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Begun in 1876, the Y serves more than 70,000 people annually through programs that include Afterschool, Resident Camp and Day Camp, Aquatics, Youth and Adult Sports, and Health and Wellness. Programs are offered through four family branches, as well as the Verdae YMCA, Y Camp Greenville, Judson Community Center, the Adams Mill Program Center and Hollingsworth Outdoor Center. The Y is also home to Y Teen Services and the SC Youth in Government program.

For more information about the YMCA of Greenville, visit ymcagreenville.org, or call
(864) 412-0288.