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Greenville YMCA now open, taking all precautions

The Greenville YMCA is taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of its members while following CDC guidelines as COVID-19 continues to sweep across the county.

The Y’s modified hours are now 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. until noon on Saturdays. Members must have their temperature checked upon entering and due to executive orders, face masks are required inside the facility except during workouts. Members also must be 15 years old or older to use the amenities with an exception of the swimming pool. However, children must be accompanied by an adult.

To encourage social distancing, the number of members that can be in each weight room at a time has also been limited.

“We have our equipment spaced where you have at least an 8-foot radius around where your equipment starts and someone else’s ends,” YMCA Director Tina Caver said last week.

Aerobics classes are also available with limited spacing and markings throughout the classroom to make sure members are able to move around freely while still following social distancing recommendations. Each member in a class must have an 8-foot radius around them as well.

Previously open to members and for a fee for guests, the pool is now only open for members from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

The basketball gym, child watch services and the children’s playground are still closed at this time.

The current reopening phase allows the YMCA to open limited amenities that are accessible to members only, while Caver and its board wait on word from Montgomery to determine the next step in opening additional services for children and nonmembers.

“We’re just waiting until the next report from the CDC to see if anything else can open or if we can extend our hours,” Caver concluded.

Although capacity is limited, the YMCA wants to encourage its members to still participate in classes and activities, and is still taking member applications to join.