Piscataquis Regional YMCA prepares to reopen facility
DOVER-FOXCROFT — After closing its facilities on March 17 due to safety concerns and Gov. Janet Mills’ stay-at-home order surrounding the spread of COVID-19, the Piscataquis Regional YMCA will reopen on June 12. The reopening will be conducted under the guidance of state and local health authorities and will take place in phases.
“The PRYMCA has served the Piscataquis region for more than 30 years, during which we have made it through many challenging times together, none perhaps as impactful for our community and our Y as this COVID crisis,” said Mandy Adams, CEO. “We are thrilled to begin reopening our facilities, welcoming back our members and the community, and getting back to what we do best – helping everyone reach their full potential.”
In preparation for reopening facilities, the PRYMCA has been following guidelines from health experts and local officials to ensure all components of facilities, including fitness equipment and areas, locker rooms, child care, visitor areas and office spaces, are cleaned and sanitized to meet the highest standards for hygiene and safety. The Y has also modified policies and programs to facilitate safe social/physical distancing practices.
“When we closed our facility in March, we did so to protect the health and well-being of all our staff, volunteers, members and participants. As we now begin to reopen, we do so with that same commitment to keeping our community safe,” said Adams.
According to Adams, the first phase of reopening began on June 8 and included outdoor fitness classes, use of the outdoor pickleball and basketball courts and one-on one personal training. On June 12, Y members will be able to enjoy indoor and outdoor fitness classes, personal training, pickleball and basketball, and use of the fitness center. The indoor pool will reopen in July.
Adams also noted that the Y has updated protocols including check-in procedures, cleaning protocols and social/physical distancing guidelines to promote the health and safety of Y members. Additional information on protocols and guidelines are available on prymca.org or by calling the Y at 207-564-7111. Individuals and families who had active memberships during the month of March will be given free membership during the month of June. “We know this time has been incredibly challenging for our members. The health and wellness of our community is so important, we want our members to know we are here and ready to support their journey,” said Adams.
Additional phases of reopening will include summer camp, swim lessons and adult and youth recreation programs. More information about these phases will be made available on the Y’s website, prymca.org.
“We are so excited to begin to reopen our facility to our community. More importantly, however, our Y has always been more than a building. Our Y is about people – people from all backgrounds and walks of life who come together to improve their lives, nurture their families and strengthen their community,” said Adams. “We are so incredibly grateful to the people who have stood by us throughout these challenging times. You were here for your community when it needed it most, and we remain here for you.”
For more information about reopening, membership renewal and reactivation and program registration, visit prymca.org.
The PRYMCA is dedicated to promoting healthy spirit, mind and body along with core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility through programs and services for all. At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together.