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STATEWIDE MASK MANDATE (7/31/20)

Per Governor Evers’ Executive Order 82, declaring a public health emergency, and corresponding Emergency Order 1 requiring face coverings in the state of Wisconsin, the YMCA of Northern Rock County will begin requiring face coverings for individuals inside our facilities beginning Saturday, August 1.

Effective SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2020, the YMCA of Northern Rock County is requiring face coverings for everyone inside our facilities except:

                • Children under the age of 5
                • Individuals who have trouble breathing, especially during accelerated physical exertion activities
                • Those with medical conditions that prevent wearing of a face covering
                • Those who have mental health conditions, sensory sensitivities or developmental disabilities
                • While swimming, using aquatics facilities, or showering
                • On-Duty Lifeguards
                • While eating or drinking

We understand that some people will not be wearing a mask in the facility due to some of the exemptions in the executive order and/or underlying conditions and we will respect the privacy of our members by not questioning them.

Based on guidance from the FAQs released with the governors orders,
members who are not wearing a mask will not be approached or questioned.

We encourage, but do not require, those outside our facilities (athletic fields, parking lots, etc.) to:

  • Wear face coverings except children under the age of 5
  • Maintain an appropriate distance, six feet or more, from all other parties
  • Limit contact to infrequent or incidental movement within fitness activities

Please note:

  • Masks will be required while indoors in our youth programs for all participants ages 5 and older.
  • Our instructors, teachers and coaches will help children know when it is okay to remove their masks during
    appropriate activities.
  • Summer camp staff and campers (ages 5+) are required to wear face coverings unless in an activity outdoors where physical distancing is possible.
  • Preschool and Child Watch participants 3 and older are also required.

Thank you for your ongoing cooperation in keeping our communities safe and healthy.

To review a list of FAQ's issued from the State of Wisconsin, click HERE.

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May 22, 2020

WELCOME BACK!

The Y is excited to reopen for current members on Tuesday, May 26th!
 
The community and our past Y members will have the opportunity to reinstate their membership beginning on June 1st.
 
As we prepare to reopen our doors, please be assured that your safety is our number one priority. We're following guidelines from health experts, local officials and the Rock County Dashboard to ensure that our facilities meet the highest standards for hygiene and safety.
 
We have modified our policies and services to facilitate safe physical and social distancing practices and plan to reopen our facility with a 3-phased approach.
 
 
What will the Y look like when we reopen?
 
As shared in previous communications, when the Y reopens, things will be different.

Here are some of the changes to expect during phase 1 of our reopening:
  • Facility hours for both locations have been adjusted to allow for thorough cleaning.
         Monday-Friday         6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
         Saturday                 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
         Sunday                   Closed
  • Access to Y services such as water walking (available June 1st), lap swimming, racquetball courts, distanced cardio stations and group exercise will be by online reservation only and all other services will be limited to manage group sizes and maintain social/physical distancing. Our online reservation system will be launching SOON! Watch our website and Facebook page for updates.
  • Additional cleaning materials and safety features have been placed throughout the building for easy access. And as always, staff will be following a strict cleaning protocol that ensures our facility and equipment remains clean and safe for our members.
For a full list of changes, facility information and FAQ's please visit us HERE.
 
The support for the Y and our work in the community has been simply amazing. When we have a moment to reflect, we will look back with a sense of pride for the way the Y quickly responded to the critical needs in the community, and a sense of deep gratitude for those members and donors who supported us. We are SO excited to welcome you back!
 
Sincerely,
Angie Bolson, President & CEO

 

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May 14, 2020

In light of recent information about the Governor's Order being overturned, we will continue to follow the Rock County Health Department guidelines and remain closed.

As an organization that promotes health and wellness in the community, we are carefully considering every aspect of our operations in order to determine when and how we can reopen Y facilities while also ensuring your safety.

We promise to stay in touch and communicate those plans with you as soon as possible.

THANK YOU for your support of the Y during this critical time.

We appreciate your patience and look forward to welcoming you back soon.


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April 24, 2020

Dear Northern Rock County YMCA Members,

As you know, it was necessary for us to close both of our branches on Tuesday, March 17 to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. It was our hope to welcome you back on Saturday, April 25. However, the Safer at Home order issued by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers last week requires that our wellness branches remain closed until Wednesday, May 27, unless a new order is issued in the interim. This is unfortunate news, but your health and safety are our utmost concern.

STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY IS OUR MISSION

The Y is about building relationships and social responsibility. The YMCA of Northern Rock County has found ways to help people in our communities during this difficult time by providing child care for essential staff and checking in on our senior population. We are offering virtual, live, and on-demand connections to keep our members active and engaged. Our doors may be closed but our mission is still very much alive.

WE RECOGNIZE MEMBERSHIP IS A CHOICE

We are asking you to consider sustaining your membership by paying your membership dues so we can continue to provide essential services to our community. We understand not everyone is in a position to make this choice. If you are unable to be a sustaining member, please put your membership on hold; no fees will be collected during the facility closure. Once the Y is able to reopen we will automatically reactivate your membership.

STAY WITH US

We need to know you are with us! By sustaining your membership or placing it on hold, we will know we are not alone. To continue your membership, you do not need to do anything. If you need to alter your Membership Choice please visit us at ymcajanesville.org to submit a request by April 29, 2020.

Thank you for being such an important part of our Y family. PLEASE STAY WITH US, and if you can, make an additional gift, to our COVID-19 Relief efforts.

I look forward to when we’ll see you again!

Sincerely,

Angie Bolson, President and CEO

 

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March 30, 2020

Dear Northern Rock County YMCA Members,

As you know, it was necessary for us to close both of our branches on Tuesday, March 17 to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. It was our hope to welcome you back on Monday, April 6. However, the Safer at Home order issued by Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers last week requires that our wellness branches remain closed until Friday, April 24, unless a new order is issued in the interim. This is unfortunate news, but given the rising number of active cases in our state, it is an important step to protect the health and safety of everyone. Your health and safety are our utmost concern.

As a Y member, you are part of a non-profit, impact-driven community service agency that is playing a leadership role in keeping people healthy, slowing the spread of COVID-19, and providing critically-needed services to our community during these uncertain times. For example, your Y is providing:

  • Emergency school-age child care for essential workers – School-age child care for the children of health care providers, first responders, and other essential workers will begin soon. Thanks to generous donations, we’re now able to offer scholarships to help the heroes who are putting their health at risk to keep us safe and supplied while the community shelters at home.
  • Senior check-ins – We’re checking in on our senior members, making sure they have what they need and offering suggestions for keeping active and fit in the safety and comfort of their homes.

Several of you have asked about how your membership will be handled while the Y must be closed. We understand that this might be a financially challenging time for some of you, and you can certainly request that your membership be placed on hold and be started again when we’re allowed to re-open.

We’re asking you, if you can, to please stay with us and continue your membership. We need you beside us through these unparalleled circumstances so that we can continue to do our part to provide needed community services. We can’t do it without you.

As an added member benefit, we are continuing to develop your Y’s online presence. Within the week we’ll be offering members-only fitness classes, check-ins and resources, featuring many of your favorite instructors. We hope seeing these familiar faces will enhance the enjoyment of your Safer at Home workouts and bring a little of the Y to your daily routines. You will also continue to have access to Y360, our national virtual fitness resource and our members-only content with MOSSA, original content on our YouTube page

Thank you for being such an important part of our Y family. PLEASE STAY WITH US, and if you can, make an additional gift, so that we can provide even more COVID-19 relief.

I look forward to when we’ll see you again!

Sincerely,

Angie Bolson, President and CEO

 

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March 24, 2020

YMCA LOOKING TO LAUNCH EMERGENCY CHILD CARE FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS

ROCK COUNTY — The YMCA of Northern Rock County will begin to assess the need to provide child care for employees of essential businesses. 

“We will assess the need through this week, but the YMCA is ready and willing to start child care services as early as Monday, March 30th, if needs are identified.  We know an important part of our work at the Y is service and I can’t think of a time that the community would need us more,” says Angie Bolson, President and CEO of the YMCA of Northern Rock County.

Over the past few days, the Y has worked diligently to pinpoint needs in the community. After Governor Evers “Safe-at-Home” order was announced, those needs became more imminent. Children of essential employees include, contractors and other staff in vital areas including, but not limited to, health care, long term care, residential care, pharmacy, child care, government operations, and critical infrastructure such as sanitation, transportation, utilities, telecommunications, grocery and food services, supply chain operations, and other sectors as determined by the department.

The YMCA’s state-licensed child care staff will operate the program at both branches (Janesville and Milton) as needs dictate. The program will utilize the Y’s standard child care curriculum and provide active spaces. Since the Y’s facilities are closed to the public, it enables usage of multiple facility areas to allow for social distancing between children. 

While all YMCA branches have been closed to protect public health, the custodial team has worked tirelessly at cleaning and sanitizing all areas of each facility. To limit the potential spread of COVID-19, public health regulations limit the YMCA to a maximum of 50 children and 10 staff at each site.

The child care program will provide care to children 6 weeks -12 year olds and care will be offered based on the needs identified in the assessment. The cost is $5/hour with a minimum of 4 hours per day.

To indicate your interest, please contact Melody Beets, Youth Development Director at (608) 868-9622 ext. 105 or mbeets@ymcajanesville.org.

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March 16, 2020

Dear Y Family,

As you are all aware, we are experiencing an unprecedented and rapidly evolving situation that directly impacts the health of our community. As an organization dedicated to healthy living, we have the responsibility to keep as many people healthy and safe from the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

We have made the difficult decision to close both facilities effective March 17th through at least April 5th, 2020. This includes both child care centers.

As you know, your Y is a non-profit, community service organization committed to improving lives for all. As such, we run a very tight financial ship and reinvest every dollar back into life-enriching programs and services. We ask you to kindly consider weathering this time with us as a member committed to a thriving Y - during good times and bad. Your membership fees will help us strive to pay our staff and assist with our operations during this period of disruption.

Program participants actively engaged in programs at the time of any closures or cancellations will receive a program credit for the balance of their program. For any programs that are paid in full, but have not yet started, participants will receive a program credit. All child care tuition payments have been put on hold.

In the meantime, our staff team has been hard at work to think outside of the box to offer our members and the community activities to do at home. We will be utilizing Y360, a YouTube channel with virtual workouts including classes for Active Older Adults, Yoga, Bootcamp and Barre. We will also be creating our own YouTube channel to include workouts, kids and family activities, along with creating a resource page on our website for information, activities and resources in the community. Please continue to follow our Facebook page and website as we roll out these items.

We will also be utilizing this time to do a deep cleaning, prepare for summer programming, staff training and clean up the grounds at both locations, among many other tasks.

Thank you for all your understanding and cooperation during these unprecedented times. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at downtowny@ymcajanesville.org or parkery@ymcajanesville.org.

Take good care of yourself and one another.

Thank you,
Angie Bolson, CEO

 

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March 15, 2020

Dear Y Family,

As an organization dedicated to health living, we take very seriously our responsibility to provide a safe environment and do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We are continuing to follow recommendations by the Health Department and are working to understand how best we can be of service in this rapidly changing environment. 

As an extra step of caution, our facility will only be available to YMCA of Northern Rock County members effective immediately.  Nationwide membership or day/guest passes will not be honored at this time. Pre-registered program participants that are not member are still allowed.

Thank you for your understanding as we work to protect the health of our members, staff, and community.  Please continue to check the website and Facebook regularly, as we anticipate there will be more changes in the near future.

This link will take you directly to their recommendations and we encourage members to follow - CLICK HERE

Thank you, 

Angie Bolson, CEO


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March 13, 2020

The YMCA of Northern Rock County 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.

Your Y is regularly cleaned by a local cleaning company and special care is taken by Y staff to meet quality standards in place year-round that keep our facility clean and safe. Additionally, we are encouraging everyone to do their part in helping prevent the spread of germs and viruses.

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap or use a hand sanitizer that contains alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick until you’ve been free of fever for 24 hours.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

At the YMCA of Northern Rock County, these are some additional precautions and actions:

  • YMCA staff that are ill will be sent home and asked to stay out of work until they are symptom free.
  • We are asking members who may be ill with a contagious condition to stay home and return to the Y when they are feeling better.
    • Children in our Preschool and Child Watch are required to be symptom free for a minimum of 24 hours.
    • Additional hand sanitizer stations will be available to all.
      • We are asking all members to clean equipment BEFORE and AFTER workouts, with provided cleaner.
      • Enhancing our cleaning protocols to give focused attention to all surfaces, equipment and common areas.
      • Posting signage in all our facilities to remind people how they can help prevent the spread of illness.

While no one can predict what the potential outcome will be, we are monitoring the situation and preparing for the possibility that our daily program and work routines could be temporarily impacted.


We will keep all members and participants updated with information as it develops. Please refer to our website and Facebook page for any facility updates.

Additionally, we encourage everyone to regularly check the CDC’s website for important updates and safety information. The American Academy of Pediatrics also has helpful information specific to children and families. 

If you have questions, please feel free reach out to me at abolson@ymcajanesville.org.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

 

Angie Bolson, CEO

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