COVID-19 Facility Update — November 13

Dear Y Members,

Today, as we see cases of COVID-19 rise in Vermont, the Governor announced several steps intended to help bring us back in line with the lower rate of infection that we experienced for so many months.

We were glad to hear that the steps taken today by the Governor leave fitness facilities open. This is good news. At the Y, we have worked hard to ensure a high level of health and safety, knowing that a fitness routine is as much a part of maintaining a strong mental/emotional outlook as it is to improved physical health.

We are, however, making some changes to the programs offered and the use of some parts of our facility.

The area of greatest focus for the Governor’s new set of restrictions relates to social gatherings. We believe that in the spirit of the Governor’s limitations, and in keeping with our core value of Caring, starting tomorrow we will temporarily pause some programs/activities through December 1st. These changes impact the programs and facility spaces that present the greatest challenge in maintaining six feet of physical distancing. Changes include the following:

• Closure of the gymnasium to all activity, including volleyball, basketball, pickleball, and “open” gym time
• Putting on pause:
• In-person Group Exercise classes, including aquatic fitness classes (We will continue with our virtual group exercise offerings and will look to expand our current virtual class schedule)
• Dynamo Swim Team
• Swim Lessons
• Youth P.E. at the Y classes
• Cancellation of tonight’s Kids Night Out event

All participants engaged in a fee-based program (Dynamos, swim lessons, Kids Night Out, and P.E. at the Y) will hear directly from the Y managers that run those programs with more details.

Responsibility is another core value at the Y and Social Responsibility, along with Youth Development and Healthy Living, is one of our three foundational pillars. We believe the steps we are taking to press the pause button through December 1st on the activities listed above is the right thing to do. These represent the activities/spaces that create the greatest challenge to stay within the spirit of the restrictions announced today by the Governor.

While you may hear from us sooner, we will communicate on December 1st, as that provides a little more than two weeks to see how Vermont progresses and it is a date upon which the Governor will update the State as part of a press conference.

We hope that, working together as Vermonters, we can forestall any additional changes at our facility and further tightening by the Governor. It is imperative for our own health and the health of our loved ones and neighbors that we consider ourselves as part of a team with a shared goal of bringing down the number of new COVID cases.

We appreciate your understanding. We are working hard to remain open and available for you in a way that is safe for everyone.

Marsha Faryniarz
Interim CEO


Pomerleau Family Y
298 College Street
Burlington, VT 05401
802 862 9622 (YMCA)

Camp Abnaki
1252 Abnaki Road
North Hero, VT
802 372 9622 (YMCA)

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