Friday, March 18th 2022
As a community organization, we have an obligation to be accommodating and inclusive to all. We also want to ensure that our partners at Health Sciences North – Cardiac Pulmonary Rehabilitation Clinic who serve an immunocompromised population, can safely resume their programming within our health and wellness centre.
As such, the following health and safety practices will continue to be in effect within the YMCA facility for the foreseeable future:
- Members, participants and staff will be required to wear their masks while using our track for a limited 2-hour time period, 1:00pm – 3:00pm Monday-Friday. The track is a high traffic area, and this will ensure participants in the HSN program can use it safely.
- When members are using equipment inside of the track area, they may remove their masks while maintaining a 2 metre distance from others.
- We will continue to ensure that group fitness participants are distanced as much as possible.
- The equipment on the wellness floor will remain in place to encourage physical distancing.
- Wellness equipment shall continue to be cleaned after each use.
- Continued disinfection of high traffic areas by our team.
We thank you for your understanding of this approach in working to support the goals of our Health Sciences North partners in bringing our community members back to our facility, and supporting the health and wellness of all.
Thursday, February 17th
Dear YMCA Members and Participants,
Due to staff shortages as a result of COVID-19, we unfortunately have made the following changes to our hours of operation over the next few days:
Thursday, February 17th – All program areas will run as scheduled, with the exception of gymnastics. There will be no gymnastics programs.
Friday, February 18th – The fitness centre, gymnasium and squash courts will be open. The pool will be closed and there will be no after-school program at Silver Birches or Ferris Glen (recreational after school program).
Saturday, February 19th, Sunday, February 20th, & Monday, February 21st – the YMCA will be closed.We are working towards securing adequate staffing to reopen on Tuesday, February 22nd at 6:00am with regularly scheduled programming.
We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Kendra MacIsaac, VP of Health and Wellness at email@example.com.
Thursday, January 20th 2022
Today, the Ontario Government announced that indoor public settings, like the YMCA, will be permitted to reopen at 50% capacity as of Monday, January 31st. This is the first step in the Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario, and we will remain in Step 1 for 21 days. More information about the Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario can be found here.
What does this mean?
- We require the enhanced COVID-19 vaccine certificate with QR code for you to enter the facility. This came into effect on January 4th, 2022. You can download your certificate here.
- Over the next few days, we will be finalizing our winter schedules and session dates. We will share more information next week.
We can’t wait to welcome you back to your Y!
Sudbury YMCA Members
Effective Monday, January 31st, 2022, Sudbury YMCA members will need to enter their license plate number at a kiosk, located at Membership Services to get 3 hours of free parking. Your time will begin after you input your license plate number.
Should you have any questions, please contact Kendra MacIsaac at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, January 4th 2022
Dear YMCA Members and Participants,
On Monday, January 3rd 2022, the Ontario Government announced additional public health measures as a response to recent trends that show a rapid increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations. This includes the temporary closure of gyms, like the YMCA. Read more about the health measures here.
These changes take effect as of Wednesday, January 5th at 12:01am and will stay in effect for at least 21 days (January 27th).
What does this mean for your Y?
Health and Wellness
Our winter program session will be adjusted to reflect the temporary shut down. We will share more information with you soon.
There are three options that you can choose from during the temporary shut down:
You have the option to keep your membership active and access equipment rentals, personal training and all of our programming through Y@Home+, including:
- 100+ live fitness classes per month including Yoga, Arriba, Barre, TotalFit, Bootcamp and more!
- Hundreds of on-demand fitness videos for all fitness levels whether you’re just starting out or you’re a fitness pro. Plus meditation and mindfulness.
- Tons of interactive activities for children and youth.
- An inclusive and active community from the comfort of your home to motivate you!
- New in January! EatPlantJoy…healthy, nutritious, and stress-free meal planning in 2022 with Dr. Sarah Lucas, MD.
Please note: To participate in virtual programming your membership fees must be active. You cannot participate in virtual programming while on hold. For more information on Y@Home+, please visit our website here.
To keep your membership active, please click here.
Did you know that the YMCA is a registered charity? During the temporary shut down of our Health and Wellness Centres, you can convert your membership dues into a donation to the Y. This will ensure that we can continue to help build back stronger communities now and past the pandemic. You will receive a charitable tax receipt for donated membership fees. Please click here to let us know if you would like to donate.
The YMCA values your support, and although we are providing alternatives during this temporary shut down, we recognize that the above options may not be ideal for everyone. Should we not hear from you by Thursday, January 6th, we will assume you would like your payments on hold and will do so for the next 21 days (January 27th, 2022), or extend your hold should we be notified by the Ontario Government of a longer closure.
If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact Kendra MacIsaac, VP of Health and Wellness at email@example.com.
YMCA Child Care
During the closure of schools for in-person learning and the transition to remote learning, our early learning child care programs (infant, toddler, preschool) will remain open and operate as per usual. Our before and afterschool programs will be closed during the entire school closure period. To support the parents of school-aged children who may not be able to support their child’s learning/care at home, the Ministry of Education will be implementing an emergency child care program for school-aged children for eligible essential services workers at no cost to families.
Once more details are released, we will be sharing the Ministry’s eligibility essential service list and the process for registering your child in Emergency Child Care with the YMCA of Northeastern Ontario. Please speak with your child care supervisor or manager or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Please note, no school-age spaces will be lost or charged during the closure period. As mentioned, school-age programs will re-open once children return to in person learning.
We apologize for the short notification and understand this is a very difficult situation for all and appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.
Please know that the continued health and well-being of our children and families are of the utmost importance to us. Should you have further questions, please speak with your child care supervisor or manager or email us at email@example.com.
YMCA Employment and Immigrant Services
YMCA Employment and Immigrant Services will continue to operate remotely. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
YMCA John Island Camp
YMCA John Island Camp registration for summer 2022 will proceed for January 12th. More information can be found online here.
We are in this together, and we will continue to be here for you even if we can’t see you in person.
As always, we will continue to share updates with you throughout this temporary shut down.
President and CEO
YMCA of Northeastern Ontario