YMCA to reopen next Monday

Published 1:38 pm Monday, July 27, 2020

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The YMCA issued the following statement Monday about its reopening plans.

Beginning Aug. 3, the Stanly County YMCA’s indoor fitness center is open for the purpose of serving members as prescribed or directed by a medical professional, in accordance
with the Governor’s Executive Order 151, and meeting all requirements of the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

For more than 150 years, the Y has served as a nonprofit leader and partner in community
health, delivering evidence-based health programs and interventions that benefit vulnerable populations and those managing the life-altering effects of chronic disease. We believe serving this population is now more important than ever.

During the pandemic, NC YMCAs have partnered with health experts and developed operational plans that meet or exceed requirements and recommendations of the CDC and NC DHHS.

Therefore, we are confident in our YMCA’s capacity to open our indoor fitness centers safely for this purpose. For so many in our community, exercise therapy is a key to recovery, disease management and prevention. We’re grateful to the NC DHHS for recognizing this critical need and providing necessary guidelines in which to do so safely.

The YMCA will record the medical provider’s name and contact information in the member’s account. Access to indoor facilities does not apply to family members or other people on the membership.

Following the guidelines provided by the NC DHHS, access to facilities is limited to 10 people in each space. Areas and offerings may be limited. In order to assure these guidelines, workout times will be on a reservation basis by call in to the Y front desk.


Who is considered a “medical professional?”

The NC DHHS defines medical professionals as licensed physicians, licensed physician’s
assistants or nurse practitioners, licensed nurses, licensed chiropractors, licensed dieticians, licensed respiratory care therapists, licensed psychologists, licensed clinical mental health counselors, licensed occupational therapists, licensed physical therapists, licensed recreational therapists and licensed massage therapists.

This definition does not include personal trainers, unlicensed masseurs or body work therapists, or other unlicensed persons that may provide advice about health.

Am I required to disclose my disability or medical reason for prescribed exercise?

We respect our members’ right to privacy. While a written prescription is required, the member or medical provider is not required to disclose the reason, medical information or disability.

Does this really mean the Y is fully open for business?

No. It is our intent to provide access to members who need our support urgently for their
physician-directed care, in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order and meeting or exceeding all recommendations and requirements of the CDC, NC DHHS and local health departments.

How do I reserve a workout time at the Stanly County Family YMCA?

You can call or visit the SCFY to reserve time. Our desk personnel will assist you in this process.

Please also make sure you sign the new YMCA waiver form upon entrance.

For more information, contact the Stanly County Family YMCA at 704-982-1916.