COVID-19 Wellness Update
Keeping our community healthy
Update – Tuesday, June 23rd
As Emergency Child Care comes to an end on June 26th, the Province has mandated enhanced health and safety requirements for all child care centre’s as they look at gradually reopen across Ontario. The safety and well-being of the children, families and staff is our top priority.
In order for us to reopen and continue to commit to keeping our children, staff, and our families safe, we will be closing our emergency child care centre’s to meet the Ministry of Educations re-opening enhanced health and safety guidelines. This includes, deep cleaning the centre, toys, equipment and training our staff on the new enhanced COVID-19 operational requirements set by the Ministry of Education and local Public Health.
Therefore, for the week of June 29th we will be closed as we prepare to open under the non-emergency order. Child Care in the North Bay and Parry Sounds will gradually start to reopen July 6th and in Sudbury and Manitoulin July 13th. It is important to note that not all locations will re-open at the same time and will re-open based on the demand from our families and when each centre is ready as per Public Health safety procedures.
Update – Friday, June 12th 2020
Dear YMCA Participants and Members,
We hope that you and your families are well and staying healthy. We’d like to provide some updates based on the recent announcements from federal and provincial government that came out this week as we move into Stage 2 of reopening Ontario:
We are excited to share that our YMCA Child Care and YMCA Summer Club services will begin to gradually reopen in North Bay and Parry Sound on Monday, June 29th. We have an anticipated and gradual reopening date of Monday, July 6th in Sudbury and Manitoulin. It is important to note that not all locations will reopen at the same time and will reopen based on the demand from our families and when each centre is ready as per Public Health safety procedures. The health and safety of our staff and children is our top priority and in partnership with Public Health, the Ministry of Education and our municipality, we have developed strict and enhanced safety procedures where all staff will be trained to reduce the risk of exposure.
Summer Day Camp
Now that we are entering Stage 2 of reopening, we are asking members and families to fill out a survey to get a better understanding on how we could proceed with YMCA Summer Day Camp. This feedback will help us shape our delivery and program options so that we can provide the best experience for families while maintaining new safety procedures.
As we enter into Stage 2 of easing restrictions, everyone must continue to do their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The YMCA National Reactivation Committee recommends that aquatic facilities reopen last in the sequence of reopening our YMCA Health, Fitness & Aquatics Facilities. Pool operations are complex and will require additional time and preparation to adhere with the new safety guidelines, training of staff on new protocols and working with our health unit to ensure we are as safe as possible before we can reopen. At this time, we are unable to provide a date for a reopening of our pools.
The health and safety of our staff and volunteers, members, families, participants and our community is our first priority as we plan for reopening. We are also evaluating the financial viability to run programs and services while meeting the necessary safety precautions. In some cases this evaluation may mean that we will not be able to offer all of our programs and services at this time.
As more people are out in public, it is even more important to continue 2 meter physical distancing, use a face covering when physical distancing is not possible, wash your hands often, use hand sanitizer, cough/sneeze into your sleeve, and not touch your face. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, stay home, immediately isolate yourself and arrange to be tested. We all share in the responsibility to keep one another safe and healthy.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to be able to see you all again soon!