YMCAs announce reopening of branches

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By Max Bowen-max.bowen@northstarreporter.com

After months of closure, the YMCA branches in North Attleborough and surrounding towns will reopen on July 8.

According to information posted to the YMCA web site, fitness centers, strength training, indoor group exercise, and indoor pools [in Franklin and North Attleborough] will be open. Outdoor pools and group exercise, licensed childcare, and summer camps have already opened. A reservation for the fitness centers is not required.

Gymnasiums for basketball and group sports, locker rooms, and along with indoor tracks will be closed. Family locker rooms will be open to members using the pools for a pre-swim shower and post-swim changing only. Whirlpools, saunas, and steam rooms will be closed. Youth programs are not available at this time.

YMCA staff are taking a number of precautions. Health screenings will be required for members and staff each day they go to the Y and PPE will be required for everyone. Equipment has been moved to allow for social distancing. Increased cleaning supplies are on hand along with hand washing stations and hand sanitizer supplies.

Members will be admitted on a first-come-first-served basis. On Wednesday a snapshot of building capacity will be posted to the web site so the public can know the building capacity at any time. When people arrive at the Y, staff will ask health screening questions.

Anyone who is symptomatic will not be allowed admission. Additionally, those who have traveled outside New England, New York or New Jersey will not be able to attend any programs at the YMCA until a 14-day self-quarantining has been completed. Members will scan in and scan out to maintain proper care with capacity and respect social distancing requirements.