YMCA-managed recreation centres reopen in regional Victoria

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Regional YMCA-managed recreation facilities have reopened their doors following three months of closures due to COVID-19. Centres outside of Metropolitan Melbourne are now offering gym access, lap swimming, group fitness and court hire on a pay per use basis.

To ensure staff and the community are kept safe, the Y has implemented a number of safety measures ranging from a new online booking system to floor stickers and signage that will help ensure physical distancing requirements are being met. 

“We are excited to be reopening our doors to the community, especially in our regional communities where the number of COVID-19 cases remains low,” said Fiona Preston, Acting Executive General Manager Recreation.

“The safety of our staff and the community is and has always been our number one priority. We have therefore implemented six COVID-Safe measures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.”

The six safety measures include temperature scanning on entry, social distancing, signage and instructions, hygiene and cleaning, training for staff and a process for a confirmed case. Click here to find out more about how the Y is keeping the community safe.

Due to the Metropolitan Melbourne lockdown, 17 YMCA-managed facilities in these areas once again closed their doors. Once restrictions are eased, the community can expect the above-mentioned safety measures in place when their centre reopens.

“We know that this pandemic is far from over. We also know that lockdown, and the isolation and stress that usually accompanies lockdown, can have negative impacts on our mental and physical wellbeing. That’s why we believe it is important for our recreation centres to reopen when they can, so the community can safely access our health and wellbeing services,” said Fiona.

To support Victorians (particularly those who are currently in lockdown) the Y recently launched Virtual Y – an online platform that brings YMCA products and services into the homes of people around the state. The platform offers a variety of virtual fitness classes, wellbeing tips and nutritional information to make isolation a little bit easier. It’s free to sign up – register here.

To find out the latest information regarding your centre, please visit their website.