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Hastings YMCA operates during Phase 3 of reopening

More group classes are back at the Hastings YMCA, including "Aquacise," as the facility operates under Phase 3 of reopening.
More group classes are back at the Hastings YMCA, including "Aquacise," as the facility operates under Phase 3 of reopening.(Kelsey Dickeson)
Published: Jun. 25, 2020 at 6:16 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Many enjoy recreational activities and working out at the gym during the summer, and for people at the Hastings YMCA, Phase 3 of reopening means they can break a sweat with little restrictions.

The Y entered Phase 3 Wednesday. This stage has much looser restrictions than Phase 2, allowing the facility to operate close to normal.

"It felt good to be able to come back and get a sweat in," said Septer Duang, a member at the Hastings YMCA.

Duang's family have been members at the Y for about nine years.

When at the 16th Street location, Duang can normally be found on the basketball court or in the weight room.

After finishing college at UNL, Duang moved back to Hastings. He's back at the YMCA once again after it closed for two months during the pandemic.

"Whenever I'd come back home and visit family I would always come to the YMCA, because this was kind of my home when I lived here. I always just feel comfortable coming to the Y," Duang said.

Pretty much everything is open now at the 16th Street building.

More group classes, like "Aquacise" are back. Lap swimming is still reservation only with one person per lane.

People can play basketball so long as they use their own ball on the court.

To continue social distancing, every other piece of equipment is marked off with a sign.

Staff cleans surfaces every half hour. Members wipe off equipment before and after use.

Phase 2 only allowed YMCA members to use the facility, but now anyone can go.

"We knew that there were people who were physically struggling not being able to come here," said Troy Stickels, CEO of the Hastings YMCA. "So to be able to open that up, and allow those people to get their health back and start working toward that, it's been great for us."

The girls and boy locker rooms remain closed. There is also no full-size towel service.

People can use drinking stations, but can't refill personal water bottles. There are disposable cups available.

Only two at a time are allowed in the hot tub, sauna or steam room.

Stickels said it's possible the facility won't fully return to normal until the school year starts. He said things are going well right now, and they're happy to serve the community.

The Hastings YMCA at 16th Street is now operating under summer hours. They are 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

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