Please take a few moments to watch this message from our CEO, Barney Reiley:

For questions about your membership, branch Membership Directors are available to assist you by email:

Caroline Family YMCA: Erin Reiley – ereiley@family-ymca.org

King George Family YMCA: Erin Reiley – ereiley@family-ymca.org

Massad Family YMCA: Israel Peltz – ipeltz@family-ymca.org

Ron Rosner Family YMCA: Kayte Zowine – kzowine@family-ymca.org

 

March 16, 2020 Message from Barney Reiley, CEO here.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) IMPORTANT UPDATE – TEMPORARY FACILITY CLOSURE

At the YMCA, your health and safety is the very center of our mission, and we are committed to that now and into the future.

We have been diligently monitoring the developments surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and after much consideration, counsel from the medical field with respect to best practices moving forward we have made the difficult decision to suspend operations for two weeks.

Effective March 16 and until further notice, the Rappahannock Area Family YMCA and its four locations (King George, Caroline, Ron Rosner, and Massad) will be officially closed for all operations. Branches will close at 2pm on Sunday, March 15th.

These are extraordinary times and we thank you for your patience and understanding as we face these challenges together as a community.

YMCA MEMBERS, PARENTS, PARTICIPANTS

The Rappahannock Area YMCA is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone who enters our doors. With growing concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), and in an effort to keep you and your family healthy and prevent the spread of germs, we are sharing some important information.

We continue to stay close to the evolving news and guidance from the public health experts. There are several tips to protect and educate yourself to prepare in the event of a local outbreak. We recommend visiting http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/

HOW YOU CAN HELP KEEP OUR ENVIRONMENT HEALTHY

This planning process includes the immediate steps that we all need to play a role in. Our collective, coordinated efforts are important to continue maintaining our healthy environments. Please do not panic, but be aware, and only accept news and reports from reputable sources, such as Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Given the uncertainty, the BEST thing all of us can do is commit to following the steps from public health officials.

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.

Additional everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like coronavirus, include:

· 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.

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.

Given that our YMCA is focused on healthy living, youth development and social responsibility, we want to also offer reminders for self-care. This can be a stressful time for many. Self-care is an integral part of overall health, happiness and success. Our experts from YMCA Youth & Family Services’ (YFS) offer simple activities you can practice to maintain a healthy and happy mind. These include: Learning stress reduction techniques like mediation, journaling, coloring, etc.; knowing when to say “no;” practicing self-compassion; and even limiting consumption of news when you’re feeling stressed.

This situation will continue to evolve, and so will we. We thank you for being such valued members of our YMCA family.

In Y Spirit,

Barney Reiley, CEO

 

If you need more information, here is the link to the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html