Coronavirus Update

March 15, 2020by GPYMCA
Dear Y Community

Over the past few days, many of you have continued to visit the Y taking extra care of your bodies and minds, which we know boosts your overall immune system. Your health and safety are our priority too, which is why we remain committed to keeping our doors open while we continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19).

With the state of emergency called by Governor Raimondo earlier this week, I wanted to provide an update on how the Y is addressing the evolving novel COVID-19. Like many others, we’re taking guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Health (DOH). As a result, we have activated the following additional measures to keep you healthy and safe.

  •  NATIONWIDE MEMBERSHIP: Kindly limit workouts to your local Y for the next two weeks as Nationwide Membership benefits will be paused.
  •  DAY/GUEST PASSES: All day and guest passes will be paused for the next two weeks.
  •  SOCIAL DISTANCING: Participants in group exercise classes should maintain a distance of six feet from one another. Classes offered in smaller spaces with our most vulnerable active older adult population (age 60+) will be limited to no more than nine (9) participants for the next two weeks. As a result, additional classes will be added to the schedule.
  •  EVENTS: Large events planned for 100+ have been postponed until further notice.
  •  OFFSITE CLASSES: All offsite classes conducted at nursing homes, senior centers, and assisted living have been postponed for the next two weeks.
  •  PROGRAMS: Swim lessons, youth sports, and all chronic disease programs will continue as scheduled. Members with questions pertaining to attendance should contact the Department of Health’s 24-hour hotline directly at 401-222-8022.
  • YOGA MATS: We encourage you to bring their own yoga mat. Mats are also available for purchase at the Welcome Center for $15 plus tax.
  •  CLEANING: Our cleaning crew has significantly ramped up cleaning efforts working around the clock to ensure shared surfaces, equipment, buses, and vans are disinfected on a continual basis. It’s critical that you help wipe down equipment before and after use. Thank you for your help.

Stay up-to-date by following us on your favorite social media channels or by visiting www.gpymca.org. Additionally, opt in to receive text alerts directly to your mobile device. Contact your local Y for details.

At the center of the Y’s purpose is a commitment to help all families, and it’s something we take to heart. This why we’ll be working hard to be there to support you and your loved ones.


Steven G. O’Donnell
Chief Executive Officer
YMCA of Greater Providence