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Daviess County YMCA ready to start rolling again

For those who have been waiting to swim a couple of laps or try to burn off the "Covid 10" on the treadmill after several weeks of inactivity, good news is just around the bend.

The Daviess County Family YMCA will be opening back up in just a few short weeks. With the governor's guidance, executive director Tom Danehy said members will be able to start using the facilities again on May 24.

"Of course, safety will be first and we are taking the CDC guidelines very seriously," said Danehy. "We will be practicing social distancing on the cardio machines, where we will try to keep one empty machine in between each person. We are going to work on getting people to wash up and clean the machines, as well as we also keep things cleaned up.

"We are asking people to not come in if they are sick, but the fitness area, gym and pool will be open. We ask that children of members be at least 14 if they come in alone and that non-members be 18.

Danehy said that some of the classes won't be starting right away, but they are working with the county health department to see when it will be safe and practical to start those. Some of those include Silver Sneakers, swim lessons and fitness classes.

One of the other programs that does have start dates includes YMCA tee-ball.

"That will be starting in July, but are still working with Little League on that. One of the things that was different last year and will happen again is that tee-ball will be at the complex again this year," he added. "That worked out really well."

There will also be child watch hours for those using the fitness center, scheduled between 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m..

One of the ways the Y will be trying to meet community needs is with spring child care. Starting Monday, May 11, the Y is working closely with the health department and has initially been approved if the rate of infections remains low, to help provide child care as parents go back to work. The program is limited in numbers to about 25-30 children but Danehy sees it as an important way they can be of service to this community.

For those who have attended the Y-After School Childcare Program there is no need to register. Parents of new children to the program can fill out a registration packet that can be found on the Y website at dcymca.org and return it with registration. The Y will be open from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday from May 11 to May 22 for this SCC program only. At some point the SCC program will turn into the Summer Day Camp program allowing for more than 30 children and perhaps including field trips if deemed appropriate.

In a release sent to the Times Herald, Danehy outlined the program saying, "Spring childcare services (SCC) will be open to boys and girl's members and non-members of the Y for children who were in kindergarten through grade six. Parents must bring the child in and provide a sack lunch each day and the Y will provide snacks and refreshments. Parents should take their children through the ramp leading into the aerobic studio and day camp room each day for screening and sign-in. Children who are ill or displaying symptoms will not be admitted. The Y will be following new CDC guidelines including screening children upon arrival, implementing social distancing policies, drop off and pick up procedures."

Danehy said that he is proud of the way his staff and board have handled the shutdown.

"We got a chance to get some projects done. We were able to get all the carpets cleaned and the floors stripped, so hopefully things will look nice for our members when they get back. I was really proud of the way our board stepped up so we didn't have to lay anyone off.

"I will be excited to see all of our members again. The YMCA is all about making connections. We did some virtual things over the last few weeks, but where connections are really made is when we can get back together safely."