Coronavirus Updates – May 15, 2020

We know many of you have concerns about COVID-19, and we want to let you know that we currently working on a phased reopening plan that strictly adheres to guidelines and mandates from state and local health officials. At this time, Ys are not included in the Yellow Phase of Governor Wolf’s Plan for Pennsylvania which reopens certain business sectors on May 8, 2020.

Please know that we’re here to help you focus on what matters most: your health, your family and friends, and your community. You can trust your Y to ensure the health and safety of all people. 

Your Y needs you to #StayWithUs as we reopen in a phased approach that minimizes the spread of COVID-19 and maintains a healthy and safe environment for all. You understand that your Y membership is the cornerstone of a strong and stable Y for today and tomorrow.

Count on your Y as a trusted and experienced resource for overall well-being.  When we are notified that Ys may reopen,  we’ll be slowly reopening portions of your Y when it is safe to do so. You may find that you have to vary your routine – a hybrid of at-home, outdoor and at-the-Y activities while we adjust to a new Y environment.

If Y fees are an obstacle to your continued Y participation, please let us know. Now more than ever, Y donors stand beside you to help.

As we reopen, we’ll continue to serve the community in important ways by slowly reopening childcare centers so parents can return to work, serving free meals to children to help strained family budgets and reducing summer learning loss for children through a mobile learning lab.

Know that we are here for you and will be constantly evaluating our processes and procedures to serve you, support you and keep you safe.

YMCA Camp Sherwin Opens for Season

YMCA Camp Sherwin will open for the season on Friday, May 22, 2020. Click here for information to assist you in planning your visit.

All Other Branches & Program Centers are Temporarily Closed:

We have been diligently monitoring all national and local updates surrounding the COVID-19. With Governor Tom Wolf’s most recent mandate, all “non-essential” stores, gyms, community and recreation centers, bars and restaurants in Pennsylvania are not included in the Governor’s Yellow Phase of Plan for Pennsylvania.

In accordance with the mandate from Governor Wolf to close non-essential businesses, the YMCA of Greater Erie anticipates a reopening when it is safe to do so. We will work with state and local officials to guide how we can best be of service to the community.

While no one can predict with certainty how severely Erie County will be impacted by Coronavirus, we are monitoring the situation and preparing for the possibility that our daily program and work routines could be temporarily impacted if the situation significantly worsens. We will keep all members and participants updated with information as it develops.


Our mission remains in action

Since 1860 and throughout the Y’s history, we have been called upon to provide critical services during challenging or uncertain times. During our temporary closure, we are exploring alternative ways to meet community needs in partnership with local community leaders and health officials. 

Although recreation facilities are considered non-essential during a time of crisis, there are also services provided by the YMCA that are integral to the communities we call home like childcare, meals and outreach to reduce social isolation. We ask that you join us in the effort to continue helping our community by maintaining your membership. As a nonprofit, your support helps provide a foundation for our work. 

As members, we care about you and your health and wellness. You are the heart of this organization, and we know how much you depend on the Y. We hope you understand how difficult this decision has been. We ask that you support each other and stay connected. Reach out to your fellow members and neighbors, especially those who may be isolated during this time.

Essential Childcare Programs – Updated 5/15

The YMCA of Greater Erie is providing childcare services at three locations as employees slowly begin to return to work in compliance with Governor Tom Wolf’s Plan for Pennsylvania Yellow Phase which went into effect on Friday, May 8.

  • Open Now- Downtown Y, 31 West 10th, infants-15 (enrollment full)
  • Open Now – Eastside, 2101 Nagle Road (3-15) (enrollment open)
  • Open May 18 – Glenwood, 3727 Cherry Street (3-15) (enrollment open)
  • Open May 18-  YMCA Early Learning Center, 3507 Poplar (infants-3) (enrollment open

If your employer has been moved from the red phase to the yellow phase and is now open, your child is eligible for care. If you are currently enrolled in a YMCA program, you DO NOT need to complete enrollment paperwork; please call the childcare director below to confirm your child will be attending. If you are NOT currently enrolled in a YMCA program, please click the link below for online enrollment.

 Some important information for you to know:

  • Watch our YouTube Video about check in procedures for our eastside location
  • Watch our YouTube Video about check in procedures for our glenwood location
  • Download our health and safety check list
  • Care is available from 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (downtown), 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday (eastside and glenwood)
  • Staff and children will be given a daily “well-check”. Should your child meet the CDC’s three warning signs – fever, cough or shortness of breath – your child will not be permitted to remain in care and can return only with a doctor’s excuse.
  • Children over age 2 are required to have a face covering which is to be provided by the parent; we will have a limited supply of extras in case you leave home without your child’s.
  • Parents are required to have a face covering when dropping off and picking up
  • Group size will be limited to 10 or less children and groups will not co-mingle
  • We will no longer serve family style; staff will serve all meals
  • Parents will NOT escort their children to and from the classroom; Y staff will greet children and escort them to and from the classroom to minimize the number of contacts in our building.
  • We will take extra precaution on cleaning and disinfecting our toys and classrooms; this will be in addition to our licensed requirements.
  • Should your child become sick, the child will be removed and placed in a designated sick room and the parent called to pick up.
  • Your childcare director is Stacy Dambaugh, 572-6549 or Jill Simmons, 882-1010

Working with state and local officials, we will continue to evaluate how we can best serve the community.hree

Hunger Relief Curbside Grab & Go Meals

We are providing free healthy dinner meals and snacks for children ages 2-18 curbside. No income or Y membership is required.

  • Downtown Y – M, W, F, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Eastside Y – T, Th, 3:30-5:30 p.m. 
  • John Horan Garden Apartments (YMCA Kids Club) 730 Tacoma Road, M, W, F, 3:30-5:30 p.m. (starting May 13)
  • Erie Heights (YMCA Kids Club) 4020 Garden Avenue, T, Th, 3:30-5:30 p.m. (starting May 14)

Sports, Aquatics, Healthy Living Programs

We are providing credits for registered program fees prior to our temporary closing.  Please check you YMCA account for receipt.

Online Resources

We are committed to supporting your health and well-being during this time through virtual classes.

Facebook LIVE -Join Erie Y instructors for daily Facebook LIVE classes starting Monday, April 13. Catch pre-recorded classes from ZOOM throughout the week that you can do anytime. Click here for this week’s schedule.

12 Bursts – Stay active with 5-minute bursts of physical activity you can do any time, any where.

Join us on Y360
Today, we invite you to immediately become part of a brand-new and exciting initiative, Y360, led by several YMCAs across the country.

It features group exercise classes you can begin today virtually. It’s your favorite classes, our top instructors and the Y community now available at home. Start taking classes NOW. Our team is rapidly developing additional ways to support our community virtually.

Here’s a link for SilverSneakers On Demand. We are also providing tips and ideas for you and your family at home on our facebook page.


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