YMCA of Pictou County plans for re-opening

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The YMCA of Pictou County is making plans for re-opening, beginning with an opening of child care services next week.

“There is a need for Y services in our community for the physical and mental health of residents. We will reintroduce programs slowly and safely according to provincial guidelines,” said Jodi Matlock, chair of the YMCA of Pictou County Board.

“We are working in partnership with the Pictou County Wellness Centre on our planning and timelines through a phased approach.”

Child care services will resume with operational safety changes on June 15,  following all provincial guidelines.

“We will continue the process to obtain licencing for our new Child Care location located at 53 High Street, New Glasgow,” said Tammy Goodwin, CEO and executive director. Contact Samantha MacDonald at Samantha.macdonald@pcymca.ca if you are interested in pre-registration.

Health, Fitness and Aquatics services will resume in the following manner as Phase 1 Reopening plan (June 22-August 8):

While the doors of the Y remain closed and locked,  in-person visits will be available for those registered for a program (by appointment only using program registration). For more information visit http://pcymca.ca.

All Y memberships will remain on hold during Phase 1.

Since the YMCA will remain closed to regular traffic, staff will be available to answer phones Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-noon, beginning  June 18 (902-752-02020).

“All other programs and services remain suspended until we can safely reinstate them as per provincial guidelines. We do not have timelines for reopening the pool or if we can offer Summer Day Camps. While we remain optimistic, we are still waiting on Public Health Guidelines and provincial direction,” Goodwin said.

In late July, the Y will share options for members who wish to return to memberships and how to use new software to schedule activities at the YMCA. “It is most likely that the facility will remain closed and continue to use scheduled access throughout all of the initial phases of reopening.”