CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Following Tuesday’s announcement from Premier Jason Kenney on the province’s plan to move forward with Stage 2 of Alberta’s relaunch strategy, YMCA Calgary says they are not quite ready to open back up.
“This has been a challenging time for everyone, and we want to thank you for your patience and loyalty. We know the services and opportunities YMCA provides are of value to the community and many of you are ready to come back.”
“The safety and wellbeing of everyone in our community, especially our most vulnerable neighbours, remains our top priority. We are in the process of putting protocols in place to ensure that once our buildings open, you feel informed and safe to return.”
YMCA says when their doors finally do reopen, there will be changes to spaces within the facilities, and members will have to follow certain hygiene and safety procedures.
Dear Our Y Community:
The Premier of Alberta and Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health has given us the green light to open on June 12. Even though we are excited to welcome you back, we are not ready to open yet! But, we're making plans. Learn more https://t.co/Kx1isPYtzG pic.twitter.com/lSlkDxkzqd
— YMCA Calgary (@YMCA_Calgary) June 9, 2020
The company is also asking for any amount of donation that can be made to the facility.
“We know that the need for these opportunities has increased through this period of isolation, while at the same time, the financial situation of many in our community has worsened. As we look to re-opening our facilities to members, we know that the need for financial assistance is growing and the generosity of our members is needed and appreciated more than ever.”
Donations can be made directly on the company’s website.
YMCA’s across the city will be opening in a phased approach to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
YMCA says more information on opening plans will be provided in the coming days.
But there is a Calgary gym that will be opening their doors this Friday – Urban Fitness.
The owner of Urban Fitness, Kohl Kehler says they are ready to open back up.
“After the shutdown, there was kind of a month of chaos or so and now we kind of have been getting busier and busier as we’ve started some outdoor boot camps and outdoor resistance training – so now we have started to see some return of rental equipment and getting ready to reopen.”
Kehler says they will be giving priority to their members first.
“We will also incorporate a booking system to make sure that we are not overbooking anyone’s time,” added Kehler.
To find more information on the gym’s booking system, Kehler says members can contact them directly.