BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – The YMCA of Southern West Virginia has always put the health of our members, participants and guests as a top priority. We have 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 state & local health officials.
After obtaining guidance on what we need to do to keep our community safe, the Y has made the decision to:
1. Close our downtown facility effective March 16th. During that time, we will be performing our annual Maintenance & Cleaning week to ensure that every corner of the building is sanitized and ready to go when we reopen, which will be evaluated on a weekly basis.
2. Keep the YMCA Paul Cline Memorial Sports Complex, including all of its facilities, closed. The outer loop track may still be used. On-Site parking may or may not be accessible during this time.
3. Postpone the start of the YMCA Spring 2020 Youth Programming Session. This includes all youth programs in the areas of Camps, Swim Lessons and Youth Sports.
4. Suspend YMCA Afterschool. The Afterschool Program will be offered again when school is back in session.
5. Postpone the 41st YMCA International Dinner. Originally scheduled for April 5th, the event will be held sometime in the near future with a date to be determined.
In the meantime, we encourage everyone in our community 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.
2. 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.
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or cough or sneeze into your elbow if necessary.
5. Stay Informed. The CDC provides a comprehensive overview of “What You Should Know About the Coronavirus”.
6. 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.
7. 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.