YMCA to close doors until April 6
The Okmulgee County YMCA will close its doors temporarily to protect the health and well-being of members, YMCA staff, volunteers and program participants. The closure is set to begin at 9 p.m. today and will last until Monday, April 6.
“Our leadership staff using guidance from the CDC, Y-USA, the YMCA Board of Directors and other resources has been given the responsibility of determining the safest plan for our Y community during the coronavirus pandemic,” Okmulgee County YMCA CEO Dolph Hayden stated. “Key leadership staff will continue the work of the Y and in service to our communities. We will address critical community services, including helping with meal distributions for kids that are out of school”
Programs through the YMCA have already experienced postponements due to COVID-19 concerns. OC Stars Cheer had a showcase planned for Saturday, April 4 at the Okmulgee County YMCA. However, in order to coordinate with ASC Nationals, the OC Stars have made plans to reschedule the performance to a later date.
A women’s self defense class was also postponed tentatively for April or May. According to the YMCA, dates will be set a later time.
“Since the first YMCA’s inception in 1909, we have always been that organization tat walked in the direction of the challenge and will continue that promise,” Hayden said. “We ask that you help continue the effort and continue to pay your membership fee during this rough time so we can continue the work of the Y. Naturally, if this creates hardship for your family, we will gladly cancel or place a hold on your membership.”
Hayden advised members to be aware of putting fees on hold or canceling within a certain timeframe to avoid automatic drafts. Joining fees will apply for members canceling their membership if and when they rejoin.
For more details, contact the YMCA help desk at 918-756-6677.