Dear YMCA Member,
On March 12, 2020, the Chief Medical Officer of Public Health for Ontario, Dr. David Williams, recommended the immediate suspension of all significant events and public gatherings of over 250 people to eliminate the spread of COVID-19. Our top priority is the health and safety of our members, families, volunteers and staff. Moreover, as a socially responsible community organization we have determined that it is important that we help with public efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. Yesterday, following the announcement that Ontario schools would close we had to make several decisions about many of our YMCA programs. Today, we have decided to close our Health, Fitness and Aquatics centres until April 5 inclusively. At this time, all of our YMCA programs are also suspended until April 5. This decision will also allow our employees to take care of their families while schools and childcare are closed.
These are extraordinary circumstances and we thank you for your patience and understanding.
The municipal facilities and recreation centres in Niagara Falls, Grimsby, St Catharines, Port Colborne, and Welland have all closed for the same period of time. When we re-open we will review your account and adjust your next payment to reflect a credit for the period of closure.
Our YMCA is overwhelmed by the outpouring of support to our organization during these stressful times. Thank you to the many people in our community who have validated our decision to temporarily close. Some members have even offered to donate this month’s membership to the YMCA as a gesture of support. Given that the YMCA is a charity, we can provide you with a tax receipt for your generous donation.
Please note: We will also continue to monitor social media and update our website as this COVID-19 situation unfolds.
President & CEO
YMCAs of Niagara & Oakville