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YMCA announces closure time

The Stanly County Family YMCA will close beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday due to the coronavirus.

An email credited to the YMCA board and staff Tuesday night was sent to YMCA members. The message said the decision was made “in an effort to prevent continued spread of COVID-19.”

The Y plans to re-evaluate its position April 6.

“Throughout the Y’s history, we have been called upon to provide critical services during challenging or uncertain times,” the email stated. “During our temporary closure, we are working closely with local officials, emergency agencies, school systems and health care organizations to support our community and will share those details and how you can help neighbors in need as soon as possible.”

The YMCA will continue to provide School’s Out care to current Y after school participants from 6:45 a.m. until 6 p.m. Gov. Roy Cooper suspended school for children across the state until at least March 30.

Full-time member children can attend with no additional cost while part-time member children can attend for $15 per day. Parents are encouraged to send children with packed lunches.

The program will be evaluated daily.

“As a nonprofit, we’re working hard to serve during this time,” the email continued. “Your generous support provides a foundation for our work.”

During this closure, the Y is offering Y360 virtual classes so members and the general public can stay healthy at home.

“It is our strong intention to resume all normal operations as soon as possible. As things change, we will continue to keep you informed,” the email concluded. “We are grateful for your understanding, flexibility and support.”

The YMCA is not the only place closed for fitness.

Planet Fitness issued a message Tuesday that it would temporarily close. “We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will reopen as soon as permitted,” it said.

Gold’s Gym in Albemarle is open with normal business hours.
“We are monitoring everything on a day to day basis and factoring in every decision with the best interests of our members, their families and our staff,” Ben Newport, owner and operator, said in an email Wednesday afternoon. “But as for now, we are staying clean and going forward.”

B.J. Drye is editor of The Stanly News & Press. Call 704-982-2123, or follow bjdrye1 on Twitter.