YMCA Of Greater OKC Prepares To Reopen Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Thursday, April 30th 2020, 4:06 pm
By: Kelsey Kernstine

On Monday, the YMCA is opening back up for members across the Oklahoma City metro.

Fourteen of the YMCA locations in the metro will be open. The Rockwell Crossing will still be closed and the downtown Main Street location will have limited hours.

However, things will look different, said Rachel Klein, the vice president of communications with the YMCA.

"We want people to know that the YMCA is a place safe place to be. We have been taking extra precautions laid out by the CDC, local and state health officials,” Klein said.

Everyone will be required to wear a mask into the gym, but will be able to remove them when they are working out.

Klein said keeping things clean will be a top priority.

"We'll have safety breaks in the fitness and the gym, so we can do a whole total area clean with the fogger," she said.

Every other machine will be kept empty to keep six feet of space between gym goers.

Workout classes will be back, but space will be limited and schedules could be different.

"We are working to create a reservation system for those classes,” Klein said.

Emergency childcare services will continue as well, but on Monday, it will be open to all parents, not just essential workers.

"Of course we have limited spaces for childcare because we are adhering to the ratios,” Klein said.

Children will remain in groups of 10 or smaller and staff and children will be encouraged to wear masks.

Staff will also ask about travel and check temperatures.

"We want to bring people back so they can live a health life but do it in a safe way,” Klein said.

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