June 11, 2020
CENTRAL COAST YMCA to reopen facilities after 85 day closure due to covid-19 SAFETY concerns
Phased reopening to begin June 12, 2020.

Monterey, 6/11/2020 — After closing its facilities on March 17th due to Governor Newsome’s stay-at-home order surrounding the spread of COVID-19, the Central Coast YMCA will reopen its Salinas, Watsonville, San Benito County, South County and Monterey locations on June 12, 2020. The reopening will be conducted under the guidance of state and local health authorities and will take place in phases.

“The Central Coast YMCA has served the central coast community for more than 121 years, during which we have made it through many challenging times together, none perhaps as impactful for our community and our Y as this COVID crisis,” said Andy Weighill, CEO, Central Coast YMCA. “We are thrilled to begin reopening our facilities, welcoming back our members and the community, and getting back to what we do best – helping everyone reach their full potential.”

In preparation for reopening facilities, the Central Coast YMCA has been following guidelines from health experts and local officials to ensure all components of facilities, including fitness equipment and areas, locker rooms, child care, visitor areas and office spaces, are cleaned and sanitized to meet the highest standards for hygiene and safety. The Y has also modified policies and programs to facilitate safe social/physical distancing practices.

“When we closed our facilities in March, we did so to protect the health and well-being of all our staff, volunteers, members and participants. As we now reopen our facilities, we do so with that same commitment to keeping everyone who enters our doors safe,” said Weighill.

According to Weighill, the first phase of reopening will include: cardio and strength areas open with restrictions, Lobby Area, Group Exercise Rooms, Locker rooms and showers, and Pool. There may be restrictions on capacity and activities and healthy/safety protocols associated with them, including physical distancing, cleaning, limited hours, etc.

Additional phases of reopening will include, sauna, steam room, spa, and youth sports.

“We are so excited to reopen our facilities to our community. More importantly, however, our Y has always been more than a building. Our Y is about people – people from all backgrounds and walks of life who come together to improve their lives, nurture their families and strengthen their community,” said Weighill. “We are so incredibly grateful to the people who have stood by us throughout these challenging times. You were here for your community when it needed it most, and we remain here for you.