YMCA of Hannibal re-opening May 11

YMCA of Hannibal re-opening May 11
By Mike Thomas
Courier-Post Sports Editor
mthomas@courierpost.com
Posted: May. 1, 2020 3:42 pm Updated: May. 1, 2020 3:49 pm

HANNIBAL | The YMCA of Hannibal will re-open their facility on May 11, with several safety precautions in place.

The YMCA will enter Phase 1 of their re-opening, and will follow guidelines set by the CDC and state officials.

YMCA of Hannibal CEO Eric Abts said his members are excited to return, and their staff will work to ensure safety and encourage common sense.

“Members are excited and ready to get back to a somewhat normal routine,” said Abts. “Social distancing in an organization such as ours will be a challenge. Members attend our Y to not only enhance their physical well-being, but their emotional and spiritual as well.”

Phase 1 of the re-opening will have several restrictions in place. All staff and members will have temperature checks before entering the facility, members must wash their hands after entrance and the facility will be limited to Hannibal members over the age of 16.

During Phase 1, the YMCA's hours will be slightly reduced. They will be open from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The member child watch will not be available during Phase 1, but emergency childcare will continue. The playground will be closed with the exception of usage by the emergency childcare program.

Members are expected to sanitize equipment before and after they use it. At the end of each day, the YMCA will deep clean the facility.

“Extra sanitation protocols are in place for staff, including use of gloves and masks in certain areas,” Abts said. “Reduced hours allow for complete facility cleaning and sanitation. Additional staffing provided for wellness center, weight room and general facilities to wipe down equipment and sanitize common areas.”

Partial cardio and strength equipment will be available to allow for appropriate spacing and social distancing. The locker rooms will be open, but limited to only two members using the shower facilities at one time.

The pool is available for limited participation for aqua exercise classes and lap swimming only, with lanes restricted to one person and with a 45-minute time limit. The sauna, steam room and hot tub will not be available for use during Phase 1.

Reservations for the pool can be made by calling the Welcome Center at 573-221-0586 at least one business day prior.

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to noon the YMCA will only be open to senior and at-risk members.

“They can certainly come in during normal business hours, whatever their comfort level is,” Abts said. “We felt it was very important to provide dedicated time for our senior and at-risk members.”

The YMCA will not host any basketball, volleyball or any other adult or youth activities during Phase 1. Singles racquetball will be allowed.

On-site one-hour fitness classes adhering to social distancing will resume, and online group fitness classes will continue to be available for those choosing to shelter-in-place during Phase 1.

“These classes, if we anticipate being larger than 10 participants, will be moved to the gymnasium for appropriate spacing between members,” Abts said.

The YMCA of Hannibal will review these guidelines on a regular basis and communicate changes with members to meet federal, state and local rules.

“To move out of Phase 1 and into what used to be a more traditional mode of operation, the social distancing of six feet would need to be lifted,” Abts said. “This would allow for us to run youth and adult sports leagues, expand our summer camp program, re-open the gymnasium, member child watch and open swim.”

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