Covid Update 5-29-2020 | West Suburban YMCA

Weekly Update from the CEO

May 29, 2020

Last week we shared with you how the Y fits into Governor Baker’s reopening plan. Gyms and fitness centers are part of the state’s Phase 3, making our target reopening date on or after June 29th. With that date in mind, we wanted to share some of the changes we are making to promote the health and safety of all of our members and staff.

Preparing for Reopening

Facility Updates

When you return to our facility, you will notice some things are different. These modifications include newly installed hand washing sinks in the lobby and other areas, plexiglass shields at the Welcome Center and other locations, upgraded air filters, moved cardio and strength equipment to ensure at least six feet between pieces, purchased electrostatic sanitizing sprayers to incorporate into our increased cleaning regimen, and installed signage relative to social distancing, cleaning protocol, and hygiene recommendations.

Extensive Staff Training

One thing we know for certain is that before our doors reopen, our staff will undergo comprehensive training regarding COVID-19 specific hygiene, cleaning, and social distancing protocols and new operating procedures. These trainings are in addition to the extensive safety, emergency, and child protection trainings that are required upon a Y employee’s hiring. These new trainings as well as several refresher trainings will be taking place during the month of June, so that we can be prepared to open when the state deems it safe to do so.

We're In This Together

As we move closer to the reopening date, we will communicate with all members relative to what you can expect upon your return and specifically how we will all work together to maintain a healthy and safe environment. During this difficult time, it is more important than ever that we all make every effort to stay healthy and connected. Our goal is to help everyone do that.

We will, at all times, be following CDC, Massachusetts and local departments of public health guidelines.

Preparing for Day Camps

Although we announced last week the cancellation of the 2020 season at our overnight camp, Camp Frank A. Day, we expect to run our day camps this summer, with appropriate clearance from the state authorities. While there are many questions right now about what exactly Camp Pikati and Camp Chickami will look like, we are keeping very busy prepping for camp. We have all hands on deck getting the grounds ready at Camp Chickami in Wayland and making camp-specific modifications at the West Suburban YMCA for Camp Pikati.

Questions surrounding summer camp are at the forefront of many parent’s and children’s minds, and we appreciate your patience while we determine the specifics of the camp season and await state and local guidance.

Y in the Community

We continue our community efforts working with both the Newton Food Pantry and Newton Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NNHN) to ensure individuals and families have reliable and safe access to food. This week may have been a scorcher, but that didn’t stop us from contributing to a record-breaking day for the Newton Food Pantry on Wednesday: 248 total households were served via senior bulk deliveries, home deliveries, and curbside pickup! We also assisted NNHN with home grocery deliveries for 19 families across the city of Newton.

On Tuesday we were able to spread some smiles by wishing Melanie, a participant in our swim programs (and excellent dancer), a very happy 6th birthday! Watch the adorable video of her celebration.

"Front Steps Project" Extended to End of June

The Newton Rotary and The Presti Group are encouraging goodwill and community support by offering a “Front Steps Project” photoshoot when you donate to one of several community organizations. The opportunity for photos has been extended to the end of June. You can make a donation to the West Suburban YMCA through the Newton Rotary’s page, and in return you’ll receive three free professional photographs. You do not have to live in Newton to participate. Details here.

You can also make a donation directly to the West Suburban YMCA here. Though please note you will only receive a Front Steps Project photo session by donating via the Newton Rotary portal.

With gratitude,

Jack Fucci
President and CEO