Coronavirus Update

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UPDATE AS OF 1:30 P.M. on May 29th

Although things may look and feel a little bit different right now, it has never felt better welcoming our members back to the YMCA!

Our reopening plan is in accordance with state and local guidelines, as well as best practices from organizations such as the CDC and the NCDHHS. Our utmost goal is ensuring the health, safety, and well being of our members and staff.

As part of Phase 2 of Gov. Roy Cooper’s Executive Order, the Y and other indoor fitness centers are not allowed to open their entire building to general membership usage but we are pleased to welcome back the following programs: 

Outdoor Group Exercise Classes (reservation required. Please call 336.249.2177) Click here for the schedule

Lap Swimming (reservation required. Please call 336.249.2177) 

Water Fitness Classes (reservation required. Please call 336.249.2177) Click here for the schedule

UPDATE AS OF 8:00 A.M. ON MAY 21ST

Yesterday we learned that gyms will not be included in North Carolina’s Phase 2 of easing restrictions. We are disappointed because we know our wellness centers improve health and give us the opportunity to connect with people we care about. However, it’s the love we have for our members and communities that compels us to follow the path that our state has provided to reopen with safety at the forefront.
 
We’re grateful for your understanding and for the concern you’ve shared for our staff who stepped up during this pandemic to provide emergency child care, make wellness calls to people feeling isolated, deliver meals to children and organize blood drives. We remain grateful to our members and donors for continuing to StayWit Us.

UPDATE AS OF 7:00 p.m. on APRIL 27TH 

A month ago, our world changed. We are all in a very different place as individuals, as a community, and as a YMCA. It has moved us all to a new normal, pressed us in ways we couldn’t imagine, and forced decisions that we never thought we would have to make.

 A few weeks ago, we asked you to #StayWithUs, and because of your ongoing support, we have been able to help with the new challenges facing Lexington and Davidson County. We are grateful to all of our members who have stayed with us and fueled our efforts. To date, we have served over 10,000 evening meals to children and have provided essential childcare services for 19 families. 

Honoring Governor Cooper’s latest executive order, our Y remains temporarily closed. We are developing plans to serve members safely in alignment with state and local health authorities. We look forward to the day that we’ll get to see you back at our facilities.

 On behalf of our entire community, thank you for your support. We couldn’t do this without you!

 

UPDATE AS OF 7:00 p.m. on MARCH 27TH 

Thank you for your patience and grace as we communicate changes to our facilities and programs. It has been a complicated moment for everyone, and we appreciate you bearing with us.  Due to an Executive Order by Governor Roy Cooper, we will be closed until at least April 24th. 

In our YMCA we have a very transparent philosophy. We share and communicate with each other about happenings of the Y very openly. Today, very honestly, we are communicating with you, our membership base. 

From a facility standpoint, there are systems that we cannot shut down completely and must continue to pay for, and there are costs associated with opening the YMCA when it is safe to do so. At this point, we have taken every cost cutting measure to reduce expenses in our building. If we don’t have our membership base supporting us, it is possible that we won’t be able to financially recover from this pandemic. 

Right now, we need you to stay with us if you can. Here are some options:

Option 1: Continue your membership

This option will: Keep your membership active.

This allows us to: Maintain our current facility, be ready to open when it is safe to do so and be ready with staff and resources should the Y be called upon to provide a service to our community. If you choose this option you won’t need to do anything. 

Option 2: Change your membership to a YMCA Donation

This option will: Keep your membership active and allow you to use the payments as a tax deductible donation.

If you choose this option, please fill out this form.

Option 3: Freeze your account- Wait until you can enjoy the Y again.

This option will: Place your membership on hold until we reopen. Please know, the draft will resume on the 10th of the month we reopen. Please email Kelly@lexingtonymca.com if this is the option you choose.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Kelly@lexingtonymca.com

UPDATE AS OF 2:30 P.M. ON MARCH 19TH

Thank you for being patient while we’ve worked on decisions and logistics behind the scenes. These are hard times for everyone with many unknowns and moving parts.

It is with your best interest in mind that we have decided to keep the J. Smith Young YMCA closed through at least March 31st. 

We know that our community relies on our YMCA not only as a place to be active and exercise, but also as a safe space where we can come together to build connections and find friendships. Now, more than ever, we need to band together to provide friends and families with the help and encouragement they need during these uncertain times. We are asking you to #StayWithUs as a cause-driven member so that we can continue our mission of strengthening community.

Ways we are taking action: Our YMCA has made ourselves available to our community partners to serve in any capacity that is needed. Our employees are working with school principals to potentially provide prepared meals for kids who need them. We are standing by for our health care workers and medical professionals who may have child care or other needs. We also are continuing to financially support our staff and their families by ensuring that they receive a paycheck until at least April 15th. 

How the Y wants to engage you: Our Y staff are actively planning ways to interact with all of our Y family via social media, our website and personal phone calls.  We have ideas to include ALL of our audiences, including those who want physical activity, those entertaining children, those who are home alone and need some social engagement, etc. Members also have access to on-demand exercise classes through Les Mills, which provides over 95 videos across 8 categories: including Youth Workouts, Training & Dance workouts, Post-Pregnancy Exercises, Quick HIIT Workouts and Technique shorts, and the Y360 YouTube Channel.

We cannot do this alone. We need the help of YOU, our Y family. The Y is a cause that strengthens our community and we hope you’ll continue to be part of this bigger movement. Your membership fees will allow us to continue to provide services that are most needed during these difficult times. We cannot control how the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold but, we can control how we respond to it. We understand that everyone’s needs are different and we seek to accommodate every request but we ask you to consider the choice to #StayWithUs and not cancel your YMCA membership. 

Again, thank you for the understanding that we’re all in this together, facing future days in the best ways we know how, knowing things may continue to change on a daily basis. We will continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC and Davidson County Health Department, but will do our best to open as soon as we can. We hope that you continue to #StayWithUs.

UPDATE AS OF 5:00 P.M. ON MARCH 15TH

The past several days have been a roller coaster ride for everyone regarding the Coronavirus. We have been communicating with local health officials, the NC state Alliance of YMCA’s and following along with the information shared by the CDC and reading of our Governor’s decisions regarding the best course of action for our Commonwealth.

In response to this, we met with members of our Board of Directors and leadership staff to discuss the most prudent course of action for our YMCA’s immediate future.

As the YMCA is a cause driven organization and one of our causes is Social Responsibility, our volunteers decided the most socially responsible thing we could do is to close the YMCA and  suspend all Y programs, meetings and events until at least March 22nd. The reopening date is subject to change as the coronavirus impact continues to develop.

This decision was not arrived at lightly as we take the value we provide to our community, members, guests, program participants and staff very seriously. Since we are one of the largest community gathering places in our town, we felt it would be socially responsible to close and not facilitate gatherings of large groups of people. We will continue to monitor the situation and respond accordingly. 

During the time we are closed we will take advantage of that time to do a number of things:

  • Thorough cleaning of our facility and equipment
  • Address minor mechanical issues throughout the facility 
  • Support other community organizations as needed
  • Evaluate additional opportunities to improve the YMCA and our cleanliness during this time.

We ask that you continue your membership so that we can support our community. Join us in creating a historical demonstration of how we came together and served those who needed us the most. Let us tell the story of the “meaningful” ways in which we responded. Let that be the story that is told.   

If you have any questions during this time, please feel free to call (336-249-2177) our front desk between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and our staff will answer your questions to the best of our ability.

We appreciate your understanding and support during this unusual time as we do our best to do our part.