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Quincy YMCA makes changes with state guidance

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The Quincy YMCA says they've received new guidance from the state and is making adjustments to keep their members safe from COVID-19.

Caleb Smith says he feels it was about time the YMCA opened its pool.

Smith says he uses the Y to rehabilitate his back.

"I could do all I could at home, but I didn't have the proper equipment pool stretching machines and everything like that," Smith said "So I'm super excited for this and the way the went about it has me comfortable with coming here."

The membership and wellness director at the Y says initially they were requesting people to make reservations to use the pool, but starting today they say those reservations won't be necessary.

"Now it's no reservations. They allowed pools to have capacity of 50 percent like other areas," Johanna Voss said.

Voss says they had reservations set to enforce social distancing: Allowing one person to a lane.

She says they've lowered their capacity to 25 people in the pool which is lower than what the state allows them to have.

"I think there's always a concern. I think everyone who owns a business is concerned that if there's a spike what's it going to do to the economy in general," Voss said.

Voss says that's why they're making changes as they follow state guidelines.

"If we just ignored it and acted like this is just going to go away, cause this is not just going to go away, we have to do our civil duty," Smith said.

Smith says the recent spike in Adams County cases is a wake up call for people to take COVID-19 serious.

Voss says there are more changes families can look forward to.

  • They're restoring some of their group fitness classes.
  • Next Monday, swimming lessons for six-month to three-year-olds begin.
  • They're still planning how to reopen their hot tub, sauna, and steam room.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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