The YMCA Board of
Directors, Chief Executive Officer and Staff are pleased to announce the
reopening of the Duneland Family YMCA on Sunday, May 24, at from 10:00 a.m.
until 2:00 p.m. The Y has developed a reopening plan containing all the
necessary precautions and guidelines surrounding Covid-19 in order to safely
reopen for member use.
“Please know that
we take this decision very seriously and have made modifications to our
facility and operating policies to ensure the continued good health of our
members and staff,” said Y CEO Dave Kasarda. “These policies are in
compliance with the State of Indiana’s Phase 3 Reopening Plan.”
“We are excited to
be able to open on Sunday, May 24, as a trial run for our members and
staff,” said Kasarda. “Moving forward, we will be closed on Sunday for deep
cleaning purposes, but we will be open and ready to serve our members on May
During Phase I of
the YMCA Reopening, building usage will be available to YMCA members only
with reduced hours of operation: Monday -- Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and closed on Sundays. Members will
need to call the Y to reserve a 90 minute workout time segment. Building
usage will be reduced to allow for safe social distancing and member safety.
The maximum capacity for each room is 10 in the Cardio Center, 10 in the
North Gym, three in the Weight Room, three in the Lu DeWulf Fitness Center,
three on each half of the South Gym and 10 children in the Fun Zone.
Members will be
greeted by a YMCA employee in the lobby who will take their temperature
before they are allowed to enter the workout areas. Temperatures must be
100.4 degrees or lower; if temperature is acceptable, members proceed to
check in at the Welcome Center.
Children ages three
and older will be able to play in the Fun Zone while parents work out for a
maximum visit of 75 minutes, but they must be pre-registered and will also
need to have their temperature taken before proceeding into the facility.
Each room will be
monitored by a Y employee to ensure social distancing and that each piece of
equipment is properly cleaned between users. Members will also be expected
to carefully clean all equipment they choose to use before and after their
workout. Group exercise classes will take place outdoors at a variety of
locations around the Duneland communities.
New to the routine:
members who use the Y must now sign out at the Welcome Center prior to
leaving the facility. Locker rooms, towel service and guest coffee will not
be available during the first stage of the reopening. The YMCA National
Reciprocity program and the use of day passes for non-members have been
suspended until further notice.
“We are grateful
for all of our members who have stayed with us and allowed us to pivot our
services to meet the growing needs of our community during the peak of the
pandemic. The Y has always served those most in need, and throughout this
crisis we’ve been able to help others in ways we’ve never been able to
before. Thank you to our members and the Duneland communities for your
patience as we worked through the closure and are now focused on the
reopening of your YMCA. We cannot say how grateful we are for your continued
support during this difficult time. It is our joy and privilege to offer a
place where so many find health, friendship and belonging each day. We are
looking forward to soon being that place for you again, and for generations
The Duneland Family
YMCA, at 215 Roosevelt St., Chesterton, has been serving the Duneland
communities for more than fifty years focusing on youth development, healthy
living and social responsibilities.
information, call the Y at 926-4204 or visit dunelandymca.org.