Beckley YMCA closes Paul Cline Memorial Sports Complex due to COVID-19

BECKLEY, WV – The YMCA has closed the Paul Cline Memorial Complex due to the number of gatherings happening during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The YMCA of Southern West Virginia has been closely monitoring the developments regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and have been following trusted sources for information, including the World Health Organization; the Centers for Disease Control; YMCA of the USA; and federal, state & local health officials.

As the cases in our great state continue to ramp up, it has been brought to our attention that we are exceeding the recommended numbers for gatherings at the YMCA Paul Cline Memorial Sports Complex.

The complex has been, is and will continue to be a beacon of light and a source of pride for our community even in the toughest of times, but we have to acknowledge that the safety and our health & well-being in southern West Virginia are being threatened by the pandemic. At this time, and with the Governor’s stay at home order in effect and the orders of parks being closed, the Y has closed the YMCA Paul Cline Memorial Sports Complex to the public effective today, Monday, April 6th at 11:59 PM EST. The complex will reopen once it is deemed to be safe to do so.

We encourage everyone in our community to follow the stay at home order, go out only for the essentials, and protect yourself through social distancing. For physical activity, take time to get your workouts in outside in your neighborhood and be sure to follow us on Facebook as we continue to offer daily group exercise classes through Zoom.

As a reminder, please note the following regarding the Y:

1. Our downtown facility is closed until further notice. Again, we are following the governor’s orders that all gyms, recreation centers, etc. must close.

  1. The YMCA Paul Cline Memorial Sports Complex, including all of its facilities, are closed.
  1. YMCA Spring 2020 Youth Programming Session has been postponed. This includes all youth programs in the areas of Camps, Swim Lessons and Youth Sports.
  1. YMCA Afterschool has been suspended. The Afterschool Program will be offered again when school is back in session.
  1. The 41st YMCA International Dinner and Healthy Kids Day have been postponed. A future date for both, if possible, will be determined.

Remember, our community needs to continue to follow some simple practices to prevent the spread of the virus, including:

1. Upon entering or exiting any facility, utilize hand sanitizer if offered.

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water. For at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  1. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  1. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or cough or sneeze into your elbow if necessary.
  1. Stay Informed. The CDC provides a comprehensive overview of “What You Should Know About the Coronavirus”.
  1. Stay Home. If you are feeling sick or have recently traveled to a location with confirmed COVID-19 cases, do not go to public places or take public transportation.
  1. Practice Good Hygiene. Good habits include the ones provided above.

The Y appreciates your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. We are stronger together, and together our communities and our country will meet and beat this challenge.

Tyler Barker
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