MASK MANDATE CHANGES
Our YMCA has adhered to the state’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so. As a result of today’s new guidance by the CDC and an updated mask mandate from the state, fully vaccinated people do not have to mask inside facilities like our YMCA. Those who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated (two weeks past their full vaccine dosage) must mask when inside the YMCA. Based on this guidance, all children 15 and under still must mask when inside of the Y. Children aged 12-15 can go maskless two weeks after receiving their second vaccine shot.
We are seeking clarification for child care staff and parents entering child care spaces and ask that parents and staff in our child care centers continue to mask while we determine whether state licensing regulations will reflect these changes.
Thank you for your patience while we update our policies to reflect the latest information from the state Health Department.
Trish Hooper, CEO
Message from Trish Hooper, CEO on December 30, 2020
The Sewickley Valley YMCA will reopen for indoor recreational activities on Monday, January 4, 2021, at 8 a.m. as the state mitigation order restricting these activities expires. As a human services organization dedicated to the health and wellness of our community, we abide by all state safety guidelines and orders.
When we reopen our doors to you, know that our Y and YMCAs across Pennsylvania take the health and safety of our staff and members very seriously.
For decades, the Sewickley Valley YMCA and YMCAs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have been committed to the health and safety of all who enter our facilities and participate in our programs. We have always worked hard to provide the safest experience possible. In light of COVID-19, this commitment has grown even stronger.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought isolation, depression, unemployment, food insecurity and more. As a leading non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring every member of our community has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive, the YMCA is needed now more than ever.
Just as the Sewickley Valley YMCA has done, YMCAs across Pennsylvania are stepping up to provide solutions to the needs created by the pandemic. From connecting those feeling isolated to collecting and distributing meals and food, to providing essential childcare to supporting neighbors experiencing homelessness, Ys are helping our friends, families and neighbors. We pledge to continue to listen to those we serve, remain flexible and be responsive to what our communities need.
We have worked to implement numerous protocols and procedures that provide the safest experience possible—and we won’t stop. The health and safety of those we serve and our communities at large remain our greatest priority and are the central focus of our operations and staff teams, especially as COVID-19 infections rise.
This is our commitment to protect the health, safety and well-being of our members, staff, those we serve outside of our walls and everyone who visits our facilities by following federal, state and local public health guidelines.
Thank you for being a member and creating a history that demonstrates how we came together to support those who needed us the most. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again in just a few days and wish you a happy and healthy 2021.
Trish Hooper, CEO