YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids reopening branches (update)

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UPDATE (4:01 p.m. June 26, 2020): The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids posted an update that it paused its reopening plans.

“In light of the appeals court ruling we have used our reopening plans. We are saddened and heartbroken but our priority has always been the health and safety of our members and staff. We will be ready once we are able to reopen and will continue to communicate as new information becomes available.”

The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids is reopening its branches beginning with its West Side location.

The organization said it is reopening its locations, starting with the David D. Hunting YMCA location at 475 Lake Michigan Drive NW on Monday, followed by all other branch locations July 6.

The Y plans to “start carefully with an abundance of caution” to help ensure a safe environment for patrons.

“The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids has served the community for more than 150 years, during which we have made it through many challenging times together, none perhaps as impactful for our community and our Y as this COVID-19 crisis,” said Scott Lewis, president and CEO of YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. “We are thrilled to begin to reopen our facilities, welcoming back our members and the community and getting back to what we do best — helping everyone reach their full potential.”

The YMCA branches closed March 15 in light of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

In preparation for reopening the facilities, the Y said it has been following guidelines from health experts and local officials to ensure all locations — including fitness equipment and areas, child care and office spaces — are cleaned and sanitized to meet rigorous standards for hygiene and safety.

The Y also is modifying policies and programs to facilitate safe physical distancing practices. All staff and members will have their temperatures checked upon entering the facilities. The staff will wear masks, and masks are “highly encouraged” for all members while they walk through the facility but are not required during exercise.

Lewis said the first phase of reopening will include all fitness and wellness floors, free weight equipment, indoor tracks and gyms, and is limited to individual activities, outside fitness classes, personal training by appointment, and summer day camps and child care services.

New hours also have been set as part of the reopening.

More information about hours, the reopening phases and safety protocols will be posted at grymca.org.

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