Hastings YMCA to reopen with restrictions

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - It has been weeks since the Hastings YMCA has resembled normal. The Y aimed to open at the start of June, but with the recent directed health measure changes, they moved it up to this week.

After weeks of being closed, the Hastings YMCA is opening up with safety measures in place at both facilities. (KSNB)

They have watched other Y's around the region open up and see how they have handled it.

“We've learned a lot from them.,” CEO Troy Stickels said. “We work a lot with the Y's in North Dakota and South Dakota and they were able to open a week or two ago. So we're able to learn a lot so it felt like we had a really good plan in place.”

Only members over the age of 16 will be allowed in. No guest passes will be given. At the 16th St. facility, the locker rooms, upstairs track, and social areas will be closed to limit tight areas and make it easier for staff to clean. The cardio machines have been spread out in the gym 8-feet apart with half the gym used for walkers. Staff will regularly clean the machines throughout the day but members also are expected to help.

“We're going to rely on members a lot to do that themselves,” Stickels said. “They have to take a role in keeping it clean also. So when you walk into this fitness center room, there's spray bottles they're going to have to take with them and they're going to be asked to spray the paper towel and wipe down the machines.”

The pool will be open by appointment for 8 people at a time.

The 18th St. facility is being used for daycare, so members will only be allowed into the weight room and other areas after the children have left. Masks are not required but social distancing will be enforced. Their classes will be moved back indoors as well with the same limit of 10 people.

The Y wants to help bring some form of normalcy back to their members.

“About a third of the two is a member of the Y,” Stickels said. “To have that taken away, we know it's a big part of people's lives and we know we don't want to just wait three or four months and then jump back into totally normal.”

He also said if the virus does flare up in the community again they are prepared to close, but they hope that doesn't happen.

Details on hours and what is open:
16TH STREET
Monday - Friday: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Pool: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm (by appt only)
FACILITY OPERATIONS & GUIDELINES:
Members only: No Guest Passes, temporary memberships, or Nationwide memberships.
Only members 16+ are allowed in the facility at this time.
All cardio equipment will be located on the 16th St. gym floor in order to maintain space between each machine.
No basketball at this time.
Pool is available by appointment only.
Drinking stations are open but not for refills of personal water bottles. (disposable cups available)
No towel service available.
18TH STREET
Monday - Friday: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday: 7:00 am - Noon
FACILITY OPERATIONS & GUIDELINES:
All areas of 18th St. are closed except: Weight Room, Cardio deck, & Aerobics is available in the facility.
Members only: No Guest Passes, temporary memberships, or Nationwide memberships.
Only members 16+ are allowed in the facility at this time.
1 hour time limit for workouts.
A limit of 10 people at a time in the weight room.
Drinking stations are open but not for refills of personal water bottles. (disposable cups available)
No towel service available.
No bathrooms will be available. (porta-potty outside of mini-golf if needed)
AMENITIES CLOSED:
Basketball courts
Locker rooms, hot tub, sauna, and steam room.
Walking track & upstairs fitness area.
The 16th St. gym will be used for walking laps.
Pool by appointment only
Social area will be available with 6ft a part guidelines.
No coffee available.
Racquetball courts