March 19, 2020

All YMCA of Greater Houston facilities are closed to protect the communities we serve.

A Message from our CEO

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If you have any questions, please contact us here.

While we know how important the Y is to you and all the communities we serve, as we've said since the coronavirus first emerged in Houston, your health and well-being is our highest priority. 

We will do everything we can to reopen our centers as soon as possible. We will also be sending you information on how to stay healthy while our centers are closed - including virtual workouts, fitness tips and more for you and your families.

Together, we will come out of this stronger. And when we emerge from this challenging moment, we look forward to welcoming you and your families back through our doors. 


VIRTUAL WORKOUTS AVAILABLE TO ALL MEMBERS

Stream workouts from home for free. 

Virtual Workouts

 

ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL KIDS CAMP

We are offering low-cost day camps for children of essential personnel. 

Learn More

 

Frequently Asked Questions


How long do you anticipate being closed?

At this time, we are not sure of how long our facilities will be closed. We will follow guidelines laid out by our local government officials to ensure everyone's health and safety. 


Who can I contact if I have questions?

During this time, if you have any additional questions, please email Covid19@ymcahouston.org, contact us on Facebook or Instagram, or contact your local Y between the hours of 9 am – 5 pm.


Is the Y offering any online fitness options to members?

Yes, all Y members are encouraged to access our Virtual Workouts. Stay fit at home with free exercise videos and resources on Y360, LES MILLS On Demand, Digital Coach and our mobile app. Watch for new releases of virtual mindfulness classes, virtual youth programs and more starting this week and throughout March and April.


Can I put my membership on hold?

Yes, these are unusual circumstances and we want to make it as easy as possible. Complete our on-hold form online to place your membership on hold.  


What happens if I am interested in or registered for a program?

All programs in our facilities are postponed including off-site programming during this time. We will notify you as soon as this changes. If you are registered for a program, you may receive a credit for the amount of the program fee (or a partial credit if your program session began prior to our closure). You may elect to donate your program fee to support us in the work we are doing in communities across the area during this difficult time, or you may request a refund. A refund could take up to two weeks to process. 

If you are interested in our donate or refund option, please complete a request form. All requests must be received no later than March 27. 

If you would like a credit, you do not need to take any action at this time.


Will we refund After School participants for the unused days in March?

Yes, the After School team will handle these adjustments and requests for refunds.


Will we stop the payment in April for After School participants?

Yes, we are unscheduling all payments for April 1.


Will we pro-rate April if we start care in April?

Yes, we will adjust through the 10th of April.


What is Coronavirus?

According to the CDC, the novel coronavirus is part of a large family of viruses common in people and many different species of animals. The virus causes a respiratory illness, called COVID-19, and can spread from person to person. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.


How is the Virus Spread?

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How easily the virus spreads

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.

The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas.


What Can I Do?

As of March 9, 2020, CDC recommends the following precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you are sick. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing — do not use your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.
  • Do not shake hands. Instead, wave or elbow bump.
  • If you have family or friends who are elderly, have compromised immune systems or chronic respiratory or coronary issues, do not visit them if you feel sick. Stay home and keep your loved ones safe.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or disinfecting wipes.
  • More information for those who may have compromised immune systems.


What is the YMCA Doing?

  • We are enhancing our hygiene protocols in several ways to keep our facilities clean and our communities safe:
  • We are significantly increasing our cleaning frequency of high-traffic areas and high-touch items, including doorknobs, exercise equipment, locker rooms, phones, banisters, tabletops, and handrails.
  • We are increasing our signage and messaging across all channels to continue to build awareness and adherence to CDC general health and flu prevention guidelines.
  • Disinfectant sprays are available for wiping down YMCA equipment. Please wipe down your equipment after you complete your workout.
  • Learn more about what the YMCA is doing to keep our members, participants and staff safe. 

 

More Information

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