COVID-19 Updates

Our Response to the Virus

 

Last Update: May 26, 2020  

 

Our priority is always the health and safety of all guests. As such, we will be regularly updating this page to inform you of our practices and policies regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA still closed?
  2. Is the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA taking phone calls?
  3. What are my membership options at this time?
  4. Is the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA still providing meals?
  5. I would like to donate to the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA’s cause, how can I help?
  6. Is childcare available at the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA?
  7. How is the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA responding to community needs?
  8. Are you providing any virtual opportunities for engagement?
  9. What additional steps is the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA taking to prevent COVID-19?

Is the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA still closed?

The Dow Bay Area Family YMCA, as a fitness facility that falls within the guidelines of the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order, will remain closed through at least Friday, June 12th.

Is the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA taking phone calls?

Right now, our phone hours are the same as our Food Program hours: Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 3:00pm and Saturdays from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

Membership Options

We are not pulling any membership dues in April or May, and have put all memberships on hold for those months. For March, each member has received a 50% monthly credit to their account that they can use for a future membership payment. This includes members who pay annually.

The YMCA is a nonprofit charity that relies on membership dues and donations to support the majority of the work we do. Without ongoing support from YMCA members, there would be a critical gap in the vital services the Y provides to the community. While being sensitive to individual financial needs and circumstances, the YMCA needs your help during this unpredictable time. Even if you don’t itemize on your 2020 tax form, you can now take a deduction for up to $300 in charitable contributions under the CARES Act that was recently passed. If you would like to schedule a donation equivalent to your monthly membership dues while our facility is closed, email member services at memberservice@ymcabaycity.org. Members that continue to support the YMCA in this way will receive a letter acknowledging their contribution at year-end to be used for tax purposes. The Y is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization that exists to serve the community and we have accordingly transitioned the use of YMCA facilities and refocused our YMCA staff in an effort to meet the most critical needs in our community at this time. Thank you for partnering with us!

These are difficult times, and we understand if you would prefer to cancel your membership, though we will be sad to see you go! In this case, please contact afortier@ymcabaycity.org.

Is the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA still providing meals?

Emergency Food Boxes: During this unprecedented time, we are very pleased to announce that we are not only distributing Emergency Food Boxes, we are also delivering them. Food Box pick-up and delivery hours are Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 3:00pm and Saturdays from 11:00am to 1:00pm. To participate, please call 2-1-1 to be referred to a food pantry location. You will then set up an appointment with us for pick-up or delivery. See the Emergency Food Box page for more information.

This has been made possible thanks to partnerships with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and Sunrise National Distributors, through coordination with the United Way of Bay County, and funding through the COVID-19 Community Response Fund at the Bay Area Community Foundation.

Free Youth Food Program: We are also continuing to provide Free Youth Food Program meals at no cost to youth 18 years old and younger. From Monday through Friday at 11:00am to 3:00pm, we are distributing breakfast, lunch, and dinner all at once to every child that participates. No, the child does not have to be present to receive a meal bag. We are also providing meals for the weekend on Saturdays from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Breakfast and lunch for both Saturday and Sunday will be served during that time. View the schedule here.

We would like to thank McDonalds for donating apple slices and milk, Burger King for donating milk, and Jets Pizza for donating pizza to the Free Youth Food Program. Special thank you goes to SC Johnson for donating Ziploc Bags and providing us with generous funding in the form of a community service grant making it possible for us to continue offering dinner.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to support our cause during this challenging time, please visit our Support page. You may also give us a call at 989-895-8596 during our phone hours of 11:00am-3:00pm Monday through Friday and 11:00am-1:00pm on Saturdays to make a tax-deductible donation.

The YMCA is a nonprofit charity that relies on membership dues and donations to support the majority of the work we do. Without ongoing support from YMCA members and community members, there would be a critical gap in the vital services the Y provides to the community. While being sensitive to individual financial needs and circumstances, the YMCA needs your help during this unpredictable time. Even if you don’t itemize on your 2020 tax form, you can now take a deduction for up to $300 in charitable contributions under the CARES Act that was recently passed. Individuals that continue to support the YMCA in this way will receive a letter acknowledging their contribution at year-end to be used for tax purposes. The Y is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization that exists to serve the community and we have accordingly transitioned the use of YMCA facilities and refocused our YMCA staff in an effort to meet the most critical needs in our community at this time.  Thank you, your gift will be graciously accepted.

Is childcare available at the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA?

Licensed Childcare is closed effective Tuesday, March 24th.

How is the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA responding to community needs?

Since we have closed our facility to the public on Monday, March 16th, we have created a virtual Dow Bay Area Family YMCA community on our website and through a Facebook group.

We also continue to provide meals and snacks through our Free Youth Food Program and Emergency Food Box program. To better support families with limited mobility, we are now delivering Emergency Food Boxes. Please visit the page to learn more about participating.

Are you providing any virtual opportunities for engagement?

Yes. Our staff has been working diligently to provide various resources including videos, graphics, and links to other sites on Facebook as well as on our website. Content shared includes: at home workouts, staying fit at home, nutrition tips, wellness exercises, activities for families and children, and positive thinking in times of stress. We are asking our Facebook friends to collaborate with us through the group, so please join and share any strategies that you have as well! Open to Y-Members and non-members alike.

What we’re doing at the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA

Our YMCA is regularly cleaned by and special care is taken by our YMCA staff to meet quality standards in place year-round that keep our facility clean and safe. Since the outbreak of Coronavirus in the US, we have taken a preventive approach to the spread. The following are steps we have taken in our facility:

  • Staff clean the facilities each and every day.
  • Posted various posters around the building to remind our members, guests, and employees of the “3 C’s: Cover, Clean, and Contain.”
    • Cover your mouth with a tissue or the crook of your arm when sneezing and coughing.
    • Clean your hands and surfaces frequently. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap.
    • Contain the spread of this virus in particular by staying at home when symptoms of the cold or flu occur. Stay home until you are free of symptoms and fever for at least 24 hours.
  • Sent a letter to all of our members with email addresses on file about taking precautions and staying safe.
  • Providing a towel to each of our members and guests to use during their workout. Every one will be required to spray all of the equipment they use during their visit. Each member and guest will receive one towel that they will personally use during their entire visit.
  • Conducting a deep cleaning of our facilities during the mandated closure.

Everyday preventive actions

Hand washing remains the most effective method of preventing the spread of germs, including coronavirus. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Frequent hand washing and use of antibacterial hand sanitizer are encouraged and practiced throughout our programs by staff and children.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick until you’ve been free of fever for 24 hours.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

If you or a loved one are experiencing flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough and shortness of breath, please stay home, rest and contact your medical provider.

More Information

We encourage everyone to regularly check the CDC’s website for important updates and safety information.
The American Academy of Pediatrics also has helpful information specific to children and families.
To learn more about the State of Michigan’s response to and status of the Coronavirus, visit the state government’s website.