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YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne to open next week

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - If you're itching to get back in the gym after a few months on the couch due to coronavirus restrictions, you're not alone.

In March, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb ordered all non-essential businesses to close their doors and told Hoosiers to stay at home to stop the spread of COVID-19.

That meant many businesses, like gyms and finesses centers, had to close their doors.

Now that Indiana is entering what Gov. Holcomb is calling "Stage 3" of his reopening plan, gyms may operate with restrictions put in place.

The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne said they will open on Tuesday, May 26.

"Some of you will be waiting at the door next Tuesday, but many of you will be hesitant. I encourage you to come by and see what is different. One thing you will see that is the same is a group of dedicated, caring staff who are there to support and encourage you," YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne President and CEO Chris Angellatta said in a letter to members.

"Schedules and available activities will be changed as restrictions are lifted and attendance increases. So please check the mobile app and the website at fwymca.org to stay up to date."

YMCA leaders want to give members a heads up that many things will look different.

For the time being, the Y said they won't be allowing guest passes or one-day passes.

YMCA leaders said instead of scanning your member card at the scan stations, you'll need to check in at the front desks so staff can serve you from behind protective barriers.

When you start your workout, you'll get your own towel and spray bottle you're asked to use throughout your time in the facility.

Signage in the wellness center will help folks practice social distancing.

The Y encourages members to check ahead of time for what's available as wellness centers will close for one hours so staff can clean the area.

Due to Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb's recommendations for "Stage 3," YMCA open gym and racquetball courts are being limited to staff-led programming for the time being.

If you want to take a dip in the pool, the Y said no more than two people will be allowed per lane.

The saunas, hot tubs, and steam rooms aren't open right now.

As for childcare, staff said parents should expect kids to potentially be in different rooms due to capacity guidelines.

School age childcare programs will now have curbside drop-off and pickup.

The Y put together a video to explain what you can expect when you walk through their doors next week:

Click here to read about Indiana's guidance on how gyms and finesses centers should operate during the pandemic.

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Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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