Last updated: 06/09/2020
Today Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the ‘steps toward COVID normal’ for Victoria. Our team will be working through the detail of the ‘steps toward COVID normal’ and what it means for our services, and more importantly, you. We thank you for your patience and support as we work toward welcoming you all back.
As you know safety of the community is and always will be our number one priority, especially throughout this pandemic. We will continue making decisions in line with government restrictions and with your health and safety front of mind. As more information becomes known we will provide further updates regarding the staged reopening of the services.
Last updated: 02/08/2020
(original article posted 13/03/2020)
On Sunday 2 August the Victorian Government declared a ‘state of disaster’ and announced that metropolitan Melbourne will head into to Stage Four restrictions from 6.00pm Sunday 2 August and regional Victoria will head into Stage Three restrictions from 11.59pm Wednesday 5 August.
In line with these latest government restrictions, we will be closing our regional recreation centres, camps, skate parks and disability services after Wednesday 5 August.
YMCA Children’s Programs remain open for families working in essential services and vulnerable children who need to be in care. We thank our staff for continuing to provide this essential service during this time.
If you live in metropolitan Melbourne, Stage Four restrictions mean:
Only one person per household may leave the house to shop for essential items within 5km of home
You may complete one hour of daily exercise within 5km of home with only one other person
A curfew from 8pm – 5am is in place where you may only leave the home to give or receive care or to go to/from work.
If you live in regional Victoria, Stage Three restrictions mean there are only four reasons you may leave the home:
We know this is disappointing and we encourage you to take care of yourself and others during this time. The government is making decisions with the best interests of our community in mind, and we must all work together to reduce the spread.
To help you stay connected, we have launched Virtual Y, which has a range of online fitness, youth and wellbeing content available for free.
To find out more about COVID-19, please visit the DHHS website (www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus). We will provide further information as new information comes to light.
Last updated: 08/07/2020(original article posted 13/03/2020)
On Tuesday 7 July, the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the Melbourne metropolitan area and the Shire of Mitchell will return to Stage Three restrictions from 11:59pm on Wednesday 8 July.
This means that many of our recreation centres, two of our camp sites and all of our skate parks in this area will be closing from Wednesday 8 July.
We know how disappointing this if for many of you and we have really enjoyed being able to welcome the community back over the past month, but the government is making decisions with the best interests of our community in mind. We must all work together to keep each other safe and help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Our sites outside of the Melbourne metropolitan area that have reopened, will remain open. Please visit your site’s website for the latest information regarding closures and reopening dates.
Below is a list of the sites that will be closing from Wednesday 8 July.
Last updated: 17/06/20, 5:10PM (originally posted 13/03/20)
The health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and the community has been at the forefront during the COVID-19 pandemic. This remains our number one priority as our sites across camping, recreation, youth services and disability services begin to reopen.
Below you can find out more about what our safety commitments are across all YMCA-managed facilities, when our sites will reopen and how you can stay connected through our new platform Virtual Y.
Our six COVID-Safe commitments
To ensure you and our staff are kept safe, we will be implementing six safety measures across all Y-managed facilities as sites begin to reopen across camping, recreation, youth services and disability services. Our Children’s Programs have already been operating with these measures in place as our services and programs within the sector remained open as an essential service throughout the COVID-19 lockdown.
1. Temperature scanning on entry
All staff and visitors will be temperature scanned and asked to register prior to entering a site or participating in a program or service.
2. Social distancing
All staff and visitors are required to adhere to social distancing requirements. That means keeping a safe 1.5m distance from one another.
There are certain instances where these requirements don’t apply, for instance in our Early Learning Centres, YMCA Swimming Lessons and Disability Services. These exemptions are in line with the advice of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.
3. Signage and instructions
Throughout each site, there will be signage and instructions on how everyone can be COVID-safe. It is expected that staff and visitors follow these instructions – we all need to do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
4. Hygiene and cleaning
We have increased our hygiene and cleaning practices at our sites. All facilities will be cleaned every 24 hours, with high touch points being cleaned frequently throughout the day. There will also be hand sanitiser available for staff and visitors throughout each site.
5. Training for staff
All YMCA Victoria staff have completed the Department of Health COVID-safe training, as well as additional training provided by YMCA Victoria to ensure they are equipped with the knowledge to keep you safe. We have also provided additional training for specific roles to ensure all our programs operate safely with social distancing requirements in place.
6. Our process for a confirmed case
Our staff have been trained to ensure that if there is a confirmed case at a Y-managed facility, they have the tools and resources they need to close down safely. We have an eight-step plan in place to ensure reporting, tracing and cleaning occurs before the facility reopens.
Please do not visit a YMCA-managed facility or program if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, tiredness, cold, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath or headache. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention and be checked for COVID-19 at one of the testing stations across the state.
The government’s health advice is rapidly changing as new information comes to light regarding COVID-19. Therefore, we will review these measures each time when there is a new announcement and will adjust them as needed to ensure they are in line with the latest health advice.
In response to COVID-19, the Y in partnership with the Victorian Government launched Virtual Y – a platform that helps young people and the communities that support them to stay connected while they are at home or on the go.
The platform provides free access to exclusive virtual fitness classes, nutritious recipes and health information, wellbeing advice, family activities and our online Youth Hub.
Click here for more information and access to unlimited content.
We are currently working towards opening our camps and look forward to having you back onsite as soon as heath advice reflects it is safe to do so.
To find out more, please visit the YMCA Camps website.
Our Children’s Programs have been operating throughout COVID-19. The latest government announcement confirmed a two-week extension of the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package to Sunday 12 July 2020, which means free child care will continue until this time.
This extended period will cove rour Early Learning Centre and upcoming Winter School Holiday Program.
The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) will return on Monday 13 July 2020 in conjunction with the start of Term 3. From this time, families will be required to make gap fee payments as per their current details registered with Centrelink.Families are encouraged to revise their CSS details before this time.
To find out more, please visit the YMCA Children’s Programs website.
For information regarding reopening dates for recreation centres, please head to your centre’s website. Alternatively, you can click here to find and select your centre.
Each centre’s website will be updated frequently with the latest information, including whether the centre has reopened or not.
While our Youth Hubs currently remain closed, young people can stay connected through Virtual Y. For the latest updates and information about when our hubs and services will reopen, please visit the YMCA Youth Services website.