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At the Red Wing Family YMCA, the safety and well-being of our members, staff, volunteers and the broader Red Wing community have always been and will always be a top priority.

We have been diligently monitoring all national and local updates surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation. Following the recent mandate from Governor Walz’s office and in order to best ensure the health of our entire Y community, we are closing our facility to the public effective Friday, November 20th at 7:00 pm through at least December 18th, 2020. Our Peachtree Child Care and Sunshine Corner Preschool Programs will remain open as well as the School Aged Child Care program that we began November 16th in response to the School District’s closing. Rentals and Day use will be open at Camp Pepin. We will also double down on our Virtual Fitness programming and hope to provide a robust schedule of all the classes we’re offering now. We understand that closing our facility will affect all of our employees. At this time we do not have a final plan for how this will affect employees – we will have a final plan by three o’clock Friday afternoon.

We understand this is a very concerning situation. The Red Wing Family Y has been a pillar of the Red Wing Community for more than 150 years, throughout both good and challenging times.

During this closure, you can expect regular updates from us via email. Supervisors are also available to answer questions and provide resources to you. During this closure, we will provide updates and information directly to staff, members and participants via email. We will also be posting information to our website redwingymca.org and social media channels: Facebook and Instagram where you will find all our virtual programming.

We are asking everyone to follow the guidance of local health and government officials, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and take their own measures to protect themselves, including not putting themselves in situations with large crowds or where they come in close contact with others, staying home if they do not feel well, frequently washing their hands with soap and water and covering their coughs and sneezes. We will continue to work with the health department and local physicians to determine what other actions, if any, would be prudent on our part and when it will be safe to reopen our facilities.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this evolving and challenging situation. We look forward to returning to business as usual as soon as possible.

With gratitude,

Mike Melstad
President and CEO
Red Wing Family YMCA

 


 

FAQs

We understand that you may have questions about the closure of our YMCA facilities:

 

When will the Y open again?

We have planned a 4-week closure at this time. The Y will continue monitoring national and local mandates and recommendations and will regularly update members regarding the status of facilities and programming from that point forward.

 

Have any Red Wing Family Y Staff and/or members tested positive for COVID-19?

Yes, COVID positives have popped up across our staff team and all of them are doing well. But more importantly we have numbers of employees out every day on quarantine because they have been exposed to a positive. This has meant daily rescheduling of swim lessons and has interrupted staffing patterns for all of our Child Care programs, maintenance staffing and every other part of our YMCA. COVID is part of our world until a vaccine is achieved.

 

What is the Y doing during the closure?

We will double down on deep cleaning and sanitizing while we are closed. We are doubling down on our Virtual Fitness Programming. Our Website redwingymca.org, Facebook and Friday newsletter will contain the most up to date information regarding reopening.

We will help you in any way, shape, or form get through this closure. If you want to utilize equipment to continue with our virtual programming we only ask that you keep your membership active. Please email Heather Flock to check out equipment.  

 

I was in the Y recently, should I be concerned?

Not because you were in the Y. Goodhue and Pierce Counties are seeing a spike and the community spread of the virus is well established. We all need to be aware of the potential spread of the virus and monitor ourselves and loved ones for COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you or a loved one develop these symptoms please stay home and speak to your healthcare provider. For more information go to the CDC information page on COVID-19 to learn “What You Need To Know” and “What To Do If You Are Sick”.

 

Will there be any COVID safe resources available to us through the YMCA?

Camp Pepin will be open to members for use during the time of closure. Families or small cohort groups may enjoy day use of the backwoods trails, lakeside bonfires, disc golf and the recreation hall for Wi-Fi connectivity for a change of scenery for schooling. Members may also reserve camper cabins at a 20% discount this winter. Reservations are required for all activities so that we can stay within our allowed numbers in accordance with our local Pepin County Public Health directives. Contact Martha for more information.