The Merrimack Valley YMCA staff team continues to work and rework our reopening plan. While we initially thought that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Reopening Plan Phase 3 would start on June 29th, we have learned that it will start no earlier than July 6, 2020. However, we are shifting some focus to areas within our operation that we may be able to offer regardless of our official opening date. Full day childcare at the Andover/North Andover, Lawrence, and Methuen YMCAs will begin on July 6th. We may also be able to offer limited youth programming, personal training, and outdoor group exercise classes. We continue to work with state and local officials to ensure we have the proper protocols and procedures in place to keep everyone as safe as possible. We eagerly anticipate the day when we can welcome our members back into our buildings.
The staff team has been working on informational videos that will be released closer to opening day. We are also still committed to hosting Town Hall Meetings prior to reopening. At these meetings, President and CEO Frank Kenneally will be giving an update on the state of the Y and our staff team will provide information about reopening plans and new procedures. There will be opportunities to ask questions through the chat box on Zoom. The dates and times of these meetings will be announced soon.
We understand that members are curious about how things will work when we reopen. We continue to update our FAQs page, which you can find by clicking here. As information becomes available, we will continue to adjust our plans to meet state and local guidelines. Please check this page often for updates.
As we look forward to opening our doors, we want to thank you for Staying With Us. During the health crisis, the Y has provided thousands of people with essential services and resources. Our work to fight food insecurity and close the achievement gap will continue because of your commitment to us. Thank you for being a part of our family and supporting our mission to serve all. We look forward to welcoming you back.