#STAYWITHUS YMCA UPDATE

Update: Friday, May 29th

Racquetball, Pickleball, Swim Lessons, & More

Great news! With the latest Executive Order from the Governor's office, we are now able to expand our sports programming and facility access. Check out what is going to be available below. Open basketball play in the gymnasium will not be available.

YMCA hours of operation:

  • Mondays-Fridays at 5 am to 8 pm 
  • Saturdays 8 am to 4 pm

The pool is open for lap swim:

  • Mondays-Fridays from 5:50 am to 7 pm
  • Saturdays 8 am to 3:30 pm

Beginning June 1

  • Pickleball on MWF at 8 am - 11 am in the gymnasium
  • Racquetball with 2 person play max, call to reserve your hour! (423) 745-4904
  • Private swim lessons are back! Reserve time with a certified instructor here or email aquatics@athensmcminnymca.org for info.
  • Walking Club will meet on Mondays at 9:30 am. Email Kathleen for locations! This Monday we are at Eureka Trail.
  • Interested in Personal Training? Email Jamie to get started!
  • We have some changes and additions to group exercise classes. Check out the online schedule. Including T/TH BODYPUMP moving to 6 am, Pilates at 9 am, & more.

Beginning June 8

  • Water Fitness is returning!
    • MWF at 8 am
    • Tues & Thurs at 9 am
  • Reserve your spot by giving us a call (423) 745-4904! A capacity limit is included due to CDC guidelines.
  • Zumba Gold is returning on Tuesday, June 9th. Classes are T/TH at 10 am in the gymnasium with Jean.
  • Group Swim Lessons are back! Info below

Group Swim Lessons are back!

  • When: June 8 - June 18. Reserve your spot here or give us a call!
  • Times: 11 am, 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm
  • Ages: Starting at age 3
  • Spots are limited due to CDC guidelines and recommendations.

Swimmers can still reserve a lane for lap swim. Give us a call! (423)745-4904.


Update: Thursday, May 14th

EXTENDED FACILITY HOURS STARTING MAY 18th:
Mondays through Fridays: 5 am to 8 pm
Saturdays: 8 am to 4 pm

The YMCA staff will continue deep cleaning efforts while the facility is open and during closed hours. This includes hourly mopping and frequently sanitizing high touch surface areas.

Limited group exercise classes will also be offered on-site as limited operations continue. Area capacities with physical distancing measures will be in effect. Members must sanitize the equipment used after classes and workouts. Our staff appreciates it! You are encouraged to bring your own mat and weights. The daily schedule with class locations are listed below.

Tuesdays and Thursdays:

  • BODYPUMP in Kiwanis 1&2 at 5 am
  • GO Fit at the Pavilion in the backyard at 9 am
  • Barre in Kiwanis 1&2 at 5:30 pm
  • CORE in Kiwanis 1&2 on Tuesdays only at 7 pm

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays:

  • AIT in the gymnasium at 5 am
  • Total Body at the Pavilion on Mondays & Wednesdays at 7:10 am
  • Cycling in Mayfield on Wednesdays & Fridays at 8 am
  • BODYPUMP in Kiwanis 1&2 Mondays & Wednesdays at 5:30 pm
  • Yoga at the Pavilion on Mondays & Wednesdays at 5:30 pm
  • Zumba at the Pavilion on Mondays & Wednesdays at 6:45 pm
  • Walking Club on Mondays at 10:30 am

Saturdays:

  • BODYPUMP in Kiwanis 1 & 2 at 9 am
  • Zumba at the Pavilion at 10 am

Classes at the Pavilion will not take place during inclement weather. Members can park in the lower lot and walk down to the Pavilion for sessions. A YMCA staff member will greet you. Email Jamie for access to a high intensity online Zoom class! 

POOL NEWS!

The aquatics team has been working very hard to get the pool ready for member use! The pool will tentatively open on Tuesday, May 26th. Some heavy duty maintenance is taking place right now at the aquatic center:

  • The bleachers will be repainted.
  • Tile repair and other cosmetic updates are happening.
  • The pool has been drained as our team works to remove rust stains.
  • The underwater lights are being removed and the empty spaces will be filled in to prevent future maintenance issues.

More information will be sent to you as the opening date gets closer. This will include physical distancing guidelines and more per the CDC for your health and safety.


Update: Wednesday, April 30th

In light of Governor Bill Lee’s recent announcement about the reopening of gyms May 1, we plan to tentatively open with modified operations on Monday, May 4th. Between now and then, our staff will be trained on the execution of new safety procedures (outlined below); our facilities deep cleaned; and equipment spaced out on wellness floors to ensure social distancing.

We are carefully considering all of the health and safety precautions and guidelines surrounding this pandemic in order to determine how the Athens-McMinn Family YMCA safely reopens to members.

We will fully comply with the Governor’s recommendations concerning gyms. Please be patient with us as the process to reopen will be in phases to ensure we are following all operational procedures from The State of Tennessee, the CDC and local health department.

Phase 1: Member Access & What is Changing
Like most businesses, reopening will look different while we remain in this COVID-19 season. Specifically, members should expect to see the following processes in place when they return to the Y:

  • Modified operating hours:

            Monday – Friday: 6 am to 7 pm

            Saturday: 8 am to 4 pm

  • Amenities such as child watch, pools, gymnasiums, locker rooms, racquetball courts, the hub, and coffee service will be suspended during Phase 1. 
  • Programs such as Group Exercise Classes, Adult Sports, Youth Sports, Tumbling, Group Swim Classes, Birthday Parties/Rentals, and Healthy Living Programs will also be suspended during Phase 1. 
  • Staff temperature checks daily, as well as wearing gloves and proper PPE at all times.
  • Controlled access through one entrance and one exit per each level of the building.
  • Temperature checks and waivers required of all members prior to entering.
  • Face coverings must be worn when walking through facility. Face coverings are recommended while working out when possible.
  • Touch-free scan-ins
  • Hand sanitation of all members upon entrance and at exits. 
  • Members will be required to disinfect equipment before and after use.
  • Due to the need for spacing out equipment and managing number of members inside our facilities, we will be limiting time on cardio equipment to 45 minutes.
  • YMCA members only will be permitted (no guests) until further notice.
  • Increased cleaning frequency to every 90 minutes.

As always, you can find more detailed information on our website at https://www.athensmcminnymca.org/membership/covid-19-updates-0. If you have specific membership questions, you can email info@athensmcminnymca.org or contact us at (423)745-4904.

We look forward to seeing you soon,
Bradi Sewell
CEO & Executive Director
Athens-McMinn Family YMCA

What We’ve Been Doing

As we’ve said before, though our doors have been closed, our mission has been very alive in the community. It is a challenging time for us all, but despite a number of bumps in the road, we are proud of our Free Meal Program for Kids, Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers, Senior Check Ins, & Free Virtual Exercises that have made lasting impacts in our community. We have added hand sanitizing stations, replaced all air filters, paper towels have been added for drying after hand washing, and more. You will see a lot of changes in cleaning and sanitizing procedures for the benefit of everyone. Thank you to all who have STAYED WITH US.

What is NOT Changing

Though our operations will be modified and may feel less personal, be assured that we’re still here for you and in this together… but six feet away. Apart, but still together.

Like everyone else, we are anxiously awaiting the day that some of these modifications can be lifted. Until then, know that you will be welcomed back with a smile, and that the spirit of the YMCA has not changed.

Update: Wednesday, April 29th

The YMCA will open on May 4th under strict guidance released from Governor Lee late yesterday. Please read through the guidelines here https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19/economic-recovery/exercise-facilities-guidelines.html

Operational Hours:
Mondays-Fridays: 6am to 7pm
Saturdays: 8-4pm
We will be using hours that would typically be open to membership use for extensive cleaning once the facility has closed.

Members should expect a detailed email of the wellness check process, entry and exit points, rooms closed due to the latest order, rooms open to a certain amount of people at a time, and more. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to adhere to the guidelines but also keep our staff and membership safe. More details to come.
Please email info@athensmcminnymca.org to get your email address on file.


Update: Friday, April 24th

In light of Governor Bill Lee’s recent announcement about reopening Tennessee businesses, we are waiting for more information and guidance regarding state plans for gyms and wellness centers. We are carefully considering all of the health and safety precautions and guidelines surrounding this pandemic in order to determine when and how the Athens-McMinn Family YMCA will reopen to members. 

As of today, the Governor's office announced they plan to release recommendations concerning gyms next week. Please be patient with us as the process to reopen will be in phases to ensure we are following all operational procedures from the State of Tennessee and the CDC. We will communicate further information with you regarding the reopening as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you back in our facility as soon as it is safe to do so.

Please call us with questions at 745-4904, Monday-Friday from 9 am to 2 pm. You can also email us at erica@athensmcminnymca.org should you have any membership questions or you have not received our mass emails. We are always here to talk, answer questions about membership options, and more.


Update: Friday, April 17th

TDHS Partnering with YMCA to Offer Free Childcare for Essential Workers

The State of Tennessee Department announced a partnership between the Department of Human Services and the YMCA to support families that are serving in essential workforce positions throughout the state. Through payment assistance and a network of temporary care locations, parents who work as essential employees can access child care at no cost, during the COVID-19 pandemic state of emergency.

Through this partnership and state funding, the YMCA is able to provide free child care for school-aged children of all essential workers. The Y has established a network of temporary/emergency child care locations across the state, including the Athens-McMinn Family YMCA. Families can register for days of care through a flexible registration process. Operating hours have been extended to accommodate the varying schedules essential employees and weekend care will be made available if community need arises. Essential employees with school-aged children who need care will be able to register at these locations and access care at no charge during the COVID-19 state of emergency.

Effectively immediately, Essential Employee Childcare will be offered to match working schedules of essential workers. Care will be supervised by trained childcare team members for school-age children, beginning at age 5.

To be eligible for the program, parents must work in a job that’s identified as being essential by Governor Bill Lee’s “Safer at Home” order. More details on which occupations qualify are available online at https://www.tn.gov/humanservices/for-families/child-care-services.html

“We have put safety precautions in place and have been working with CDC, local health departments, and state and local governments to ensure that we are able to offer this emergency care,” said Martin.

Essential working parents can sign up for weekly care here https://www.athensmcminnymca.org/child-care/emergency-child-care.


Update: Monday, April 13th
YMCA Family,

As a member of the Y, you are the lifeblood of our organization. We exist to serve you, and so much of our existence depends on the direct financial support you provide to the Y through your membership dues and donations. The fancy word for this type of relationship is "symbiotic." Here at the Y, we call it community.

I am reminding you of this crucial but sometimes forgotten connection as I share some important decisions that will affect not only you, but also the vital relationship that has sustained our Y for more than 65 years.

Governor Bill Lee announced today that he was extending the Stay at Home Order and closure of non-essential businesses through April 30th. Due to the contents of Executive Order 27, our YMCA will continue to do our part in this public health crisis by remaining closed through April 30th.

As soon as our facility was mandated to be closed, we have shifted our focus to meeting vital community needs. During this time, Y staff have delivered 2,500 free meals in some of the most rural areas of McMinn County where transportation and resources are limited. Y staff are now providing emergency child care for essential workers, which includes intense safety precautions in order to protect the staff and kids in our care. We are making phone calls and providing care for our seniors and offering virtual workouts to our members.

Please know this forced closure of core programs and facilities has created financial strains for our Y unlike any we have seen before. It has forced us to make deep and painful cuts to our operation.

Many of you have reached out to us during this time requesting that we continue to draft your membership dues in order to continue meeting facility obligations and in support of the work we are now doing in the community. We are incredibly grateful for your commitment and support of our YMCA. We could not continue without you.

At the same time, we know many of you are suffering financially due to the public health crisis. Please know - we are praying for you and are here to support you in any way that we can through this time. Please email erica@athensmcminnymca.org or call us Monday-Friday from 9am-2pm for options on how we can provide financial relief from your membership obligations as you weather this storm.

It is my hope and prayer that this painful time will be short and that federal legislation may relieve some of the economic burdens on our Y, our staff, and on you. Until then, I humbly ask you to consider turning all or even just a portion of your regular monthly membership fee into a charitable donation that supports the vital community needs the Y is meeting in the midst of this crisis.

If you can continue to support us, please email erica@athensmcminnymca.org and #StayWithUs in order for us to thank you! Our staff truly appreciates your contribution.

With all of my prayers and gratefulness for you,
Bradi Sewell
CEO/Executive Director


Update: Wednesday, April 1st

Thank you for being patient while we’ve worked on decisions and logistics behind the scenes. These are hard times for everyone with many unknowns and moving parts. 

In compliance with Executive Order 22 issued by Governor Bill Lee, the Athens-McMinn Family YMCA will remain closed through Tuesday, April 14th. 

We will continue to safely pack and deliver free meals for local kids, check on our seniors, offer virtual workouts and more. Please consider being part of our #StayWithUs campaign by allowing your membership fee to draft so we can continue serving our community through this crisis and after. Read below for updates on membership opportunities should you wish to consider a different route.


Update: Friday, March 20th at 1:45pm

Thank you for being patient while we’ve worked on decisions and logistics behind the scenes. These are hard times for everyone with many unknowns and moving parts.

The YMCA will close on Friday, March 20th at 8 pm and open on Monday, April 6th at 5 am. Continue reading to get more infmormation about your memebrship options. There are options.

We know that our community relies on our YMCA not only as a place to be active and exercise, but also as a safe space where we can come together to build connections and find friendships. Now, more than ever, we need to band together to provide friends and families with the help and encouragement they need during these uncertain times. We are asking you to #StayWithUs as a cause-driven member so that we can continue our mission of strengthening community.

Ways we are taking action: Our YMCA has made ourselves available to our community partners to serve in any capacity that is needed. Several of our employees are working with school principals and family liaisons in the area to help deliver food and prepare meals for kids who need them. Y staff are reaching out to assist teachers to organize and distribute learning materials to their students. We are standing by for our health care workers and medical professionals who may have child care or other needs from us. We expect our Active & Ageless older population to look to the Y for support and we are committed to helping them as so many are self-quarantined for their own safety.

How the Y wants to engage you: Many of our Y staff are actively planning ways to interact with all of our Y family via social media, the ymcakpt YouTube channel, personal phone calls and more.  We have ideas to include ALL of our audiences, including those who want physical activity, those entertaining children, those who are home alone and need some social engagement, etc. Our program coordinators, camp and afterschool staff, healthy living staff and many of your favorite faces are all involved, so stay tuned for our roll out real soon. Members also have access to on-demand exercise classes through Les Mills, which provides over 95 videos across 8 categories: including Youth Workouts, Training & Dance workouts, Post-Pregnancy Exercises, Quick HIIT Workouts and Technique shorts, and the Y360 Website.

We cannot do this alone. We need the help of YOU, our Y family. The Y is a cause that strengthens our community and we hope you’ll continue to be part of this bigger movement. Your membership fees will allow us to continue to provide services that are most needed during these difficult times. We cannot control how the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold but, we can control how we respond to it. We understand that everyone’s needs are different and we seek to accommodate every request but we ask you to consider the choice to #StayWithUs and be a part of a positive movement that brings us closer together and unites us as a community.

Please carefully read below: 

Options for Membership/Healthy Living:

  1. I want to continue supporting the Y as always; I choose no action related to my fees at this time. If I’ve paid for personal training sessions, I will redeem those at a later date.
  2. I would like to request a prorated credit for 16 days of my membership fees to be applied to my next scheduled draft in April.
  3. I would like to discuss further options beyond a credit for days the Y is closed.

Option 1 requires no action. For other options please do the following;

  • Option 2: Prorated Membership Credit – Click HERE to contact Matt Roberts
  • Option 3: Additional Membership Options – Click HERE to contact Erica Peden
  • Personal Training Questions – Click HERE to contact Jamie McCay

Again, thank you for the understanding that we’re all in this together, facing future days in the best ways we know how, knowing things may continue to change on a daily basis. We will continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC and McMinn County Health Department, but will do our best to open as soon as we can. We hope that you continue to #StayWithUs and partner with us.

- Bradi Sewell, Athens-McMinn Family YMCA/CEO & Executive Director

Please regularly visit this page and our Facebook page for updates as the situation around public health and safety continue to change.


MY VIRTUAL YMCA

We have created a hub where members and community can find links to on demand group exercise classes and resources. Please use THIS PAGE as a resource to stay active and healthy during this time. We will update with new content when available. 


Event and Program Changes:

The 2019 Annual Meeting has been postponed until a later date.

The 2020 Resurrection Run 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run has been postponed until September 19, 2020.


Helpful Links:

CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Tennessee Department of Health
https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html

WHO (World Health Organization)
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019