After closing its facilities on March 13 due to COVID-19 safety concerns, the YMCA of Montclair will reopen its Park Street Branch to its members at 25% capacity with advanced registration.
Since July, the YMCA of Montclair has offered a phased program rollout of limited outdoor group exercise, personal training, swim, and most recently, individual gym access. Safety is the Y’s priority. Mask wearing, temperature checks, and physical distancing have been and are required.
“The YMCA of Montclair has served our community for 130 years, during many challenging times, although perhaps none as impactful for our community and our Y as the COVID crisis,” said Buddy Evans, President and CEO of the YMCA of Montclair. “We are thrilled to be able to reopen our Park Street YMCA at 25% capacity, welcome back our members, and help them get stronger and healthier.”
The YMCA of Montclair, following guidelines from health experts and local officials, has implemented deep cleaning practices to sanitize rooms, gym equipment, and surfaces. With a grant from the Hyde and Watson Foundation, two airPHX systems have been purchased and installed to improve air quality in the building. The airPHX continuously oxidizes molecules eradicating pathogens at a cellular level. The HVAC system has been thoroughly cleaned, HEPA filters replaced, and air flushed with our system pulling outside air into the building.
“We closed our facilities quickly in March to protect the health and well-being of our staff, volunteers, members, and community. We reopen with the same commitment to safety,” said Evans.
Members can register for group exercise, personal training, swim, and individual gym access through the Y’s MotionVibe platform. Additional phases of reopening will include youth programming and swim lessons. More information on current and future programming will be available on the Y’s website, www.montclairymca.org.
“Our Y has always been more than a building. Our Y is about people — from all backgrounds and walks of life — coming together to improve their lives, nurture their families and strengthen their community,” said Evans. “We are grateful to the people who stood by us throughout these challenging times. You were here for us when we needed you most, so we can remain here for you and our community.”
For more information about reopening, membership reactivation, and program registration, visit www.montclairymca.org.