The YMCA of Rock River Valley is closing its facilities following the recommendation of the Winnebago County Health Department as it relates to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Following the Governor’s announcement to close all K-12 schools in the state, local health officials strongly advised that we close as well. The Y will close at 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 14 and reopen March 31, 2020. This includes the following facilities: SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA, Northeast Family YMCA, Puri Family YMCA, YMCA Camp Winnebago and YMCA Children’s Learning Center.
“We feel it is an obligation to do our part to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Brent Pentenburg, CEO, YMCA of Rock River Valley. “This decision was not arrived at lightly. Since we are one of the largest gathering places in our community, we felt it would be socially irresponsible to remain open and facilitate the gathering of large groups of people. We will continue to monitor the situation and respond accordingly.”
We know there is an increased demand on our first responders and medical providers as they work to keep us all safe and healthy. The Y will transition its YMCA Children’s Learning Center and SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA to serve the children of first responders and medical providers. Emergency care will be available Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for infants through preschool age at the CLC and kindergarten through fifth grade from 6:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA.
For individuals who would like some help to remain fit at home during this crisis, we are excited to announce free access to Y360, which is a collaborative effort from several YMCAs across the country. Free fitness classes taught by Y instructors are available on YouTube. Classes include yoga, boot camp, barre and active older adults. Click here to access Y360.
The YMCA will activate a call center between the hours of 9:00-6:00 Monday-Friday. Our call center number is 815-489-1252.