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Duneland YMCA set to reopen May 24

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The YMCA Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer and Staff are pleased to announce the reopening of the Duneland Family YMCA on Sunday, May 24, at from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The Y has developed a reopening plan containing all the necessary precautions and guidelines surrounding Covid-19 in order to safely reopen for member use.

“Please know that we take this decision very seriously and have made modifications to our facility and operating policies to ensure the continued good health of our members and staff,” said Y CEO Dave Kasarda. “These policies are in compliance with the State of Indiana’s Phase 3 Reopening Plan.”

“We are excited to be able to open on Sunday, May 24, as a trial run for our members and staff,” said Kasarda. “Moving forward, we will be closed on Sunday for deep cleaning purposes, but we will be open and ready to serve our members on May 24.”

During Phase I of the YMCA Reopening, building usage will be available to YMCA members only with reduced hours of operation: Monday -- Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and closed on Sundays. Members will need to call the Y to reserve a 90 minute workout time segment. Building usage will be reduced to allow for safe social distancing and member safety. The maximum capacity for each room is 10 in the Cardio Center, 10 in the North Gym, three in the Weight Room, three in the Lu DeWulf Fitness Center, three on each half of the South Gym and 10 children in the Fun Zone.

Members will be greeted by a YMCA employee in the lobby who will take their temperature before they are allowed to enter the workout areas. Temperatures must be 100.4 degrees or lower; if temperature is acceptable, members proceed to check in at the Welcome Center.

Children ages three and older will be able to play in the Fun Zone while parents work out for a maximum visit of 75 minutes, but they must be pre-registered and will also need to have their temperature taken before proceeding into the facility.

Each room will be monitored by a Y employee to ensure social distancing and that each piece of equipment is properly cleaned between users. Members will also be expected to carefully clean all equipment they choose to use before and after their workout. Group exercise classes will take place outdoors at a variety of locations around the Duneland communities.

New to the routine: members who use the Y must now sign out at the Welcome Center prior to leaving the facility. Locker rooms, towel service and guest coffee will not be available during the first stage of the reopening. The YMCA National Reciprocity program and the use of day passes for non-members have been suspended until further notice.

“We are grateful for all of our members who have stayed with us and allowed us to pivot our services to meet the growing needs of our community during the peak of the pandemic. The Y has always served those most in need, and throughout this crisis we’ve been able to help others in ways we’ve never been able to before. Thank you to our members and the Duneland communities for your patience as we worked through the closure and are now focused on the reopening of your YMCA. We cannot say how grateful we are for your continued support during this difficult time. It is our joy and privilege to offer a place where so many find health, friendship and belonging each day. We are looking forward to soon being that place for you again, and for generations to come.”

The Duneland Family YMCA, at 215 Roosevelt St., Chesterton, has been serving the Duneland communities for more than fifty years focusing on youth development, healthy living and social responsibilities.

For more information, call the Y at 926-4204 or visit


Posted 5/20/2020




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