COVID-19 Facility Update

Dear Y Members,

Last month, as we began to 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 by the Governor left fitness facilities open. This was 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 have, however, made some changes to the programs offered and the use of some parts of our facility.

The area of greatest focus for the Governor’s current set of restrictions relates to social gatherings. To abide by the letter and spirit of the Governor’s limitations, and in keeping with our core value of Caring, we have temporarily paused some programs/activities. These changes impact the programs and facility spaces that present the greatest challenge in maintaining six feet of physical distancing and/or proper monitoring by Y staff to ensure the highest degree of health and safety. Changes include the following:

• Closure of the gymnasium to all activity, including volleyball, basketball, pickleball, and “open” gym time
• Putting on pause:
• Aquatic fitness classes
• Dynamo Swim Team
• Swim Lessons
• Youth P.E. at the Y classes
• Cancellation of Kids Night Out events

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 on the activities listed above is the right thing to do.

We will communicate updates as they are available.

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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