By: Kristen McConnell—
Phased reopening to begin with Membership Branches followed by programs in coming weeks.
Muncie, IN—After closing its facilities on March 17th due to safety concerns and Governor Holcomb’s stay-at-home order surrounding the spread of COVID-19, the YMCA of Muncie will reopen its Northwest and Yorktown facilities on May 26th. The reopening will be conducted under the guidance of state and local health authorities and will take place in phases.
“The YMCA of Muncie has served the Delaware County community for more than 144 years, during which we have made it through many challenging times together, none perhaps as impactful for our community and our Y as this COVID crisis,” said Chad Zaucha, CEO, YMCA of Muncie. “We are thrilled to begin reopening our facilities, welcoming back our members and the community and getting back to what we do best – helping everyone reach their full potential.”
In preparation for reopening facilities, the Y has been following guidelines from health experts and local officials to ensure all components of each facility, including fitness equipment and areas, locker rooms, child care, visitor areas and office spaces, are cleaned and sanitized to meet the highest standards for hygiene and safety. The Y has also modified policies and programs to facilitate safe social/physical distancing practices.
“When we closed our facilities in March, we did so to protect the health and well-being of all our staff, volunteers, members and participants. As we now reopen our facilities, we do so with that same commitment to keeping everyone who enters our doors, safe,” said Zaucha.
According to Zaucha, the first phase of reopening will include: reopening Northwest and Yorktown for member usage following CDC guidelines. The Downtown facility will be the primary site for Summer Day Camp.
Additional phases of reopening may include, group exercise classes, personal training, child watch and aquatics programming. More information about these phases will be made available on the Y’s website: muncieymca.org.
“We are so excited to reopen our facilities to our community. More importantly, however, our Y has always been more than a building. Our Y is about people – people from all backgrounds and walks of life who come together to improve their lives, nurture their families and strengthen their community,” said Zaucha. “We are so incredibly grateful to the people who have stood by us throughout these challenging times. You were here for your community when it needed it most, and we remain here for you.”
For more information about reopening, membership renewal and reactivation and program registration, visit muncieymca.org.
About the Y
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA of Muncie has served Delaware and Kosciusko Counties since 1881, with an excellent track record of providing quality mission driven programs that enrich the lives of all people in spirit, mind and body. In 2019 the YMCA served more than 16,000 unduplicated men, women and children while providing more than $460,000 in financial assistance to ensure everyone has access to life changing YMCA programs. Visit the Y online at www.muncieymca.org or on Facebook @YMCA of Muncie.