The YMCA of Long Island is closed and programs are canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read below for how to stay connected with the Y and for answers to common questions.
As the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to develop, the YMCA of Long Island is closely monitoring information and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New York State Department of Health (DOH), as well as the Nassau and Suffolk Health Departments. We look forward to welcoming back all of our members and the community when we reopen our doors as soon as it is safe to do so.
What is Coronavirus?
According to the CDC, the novel Coronavirus is part of a large family of viruses common in people and many different species of animals. The virus causes a respiratory illness, called COVID-19, and can spread from person to person. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Read more from the CDC.
What Can You Do?
The CDC recommends the following precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19:
- Stay home if you are sick. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing and dispose of the tissue in the trash.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.
- Do not shake hands. Instead, wave or elbow bump.
- If you have family or friends who are elderly, have compromised immune systems or chronic respiratory or coronary issues, do not visit them if you feel sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or disinfecting wipes.
- Get your flu shot. Although the flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19, it will help prevent the flu which has similar symptoms to this Coronavirus.
- New guidance on April 3rd suggests that people wear face coverings such as cloth masks when out in public
Read more from the CDC: How to protect yourself & others
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
What do I do if I think I was exposed to the coronavirus?
We urge you to follow all guidance from public health officials. If you have concerns about your health, the New York State Department of Health has a Coronavirus hotline you can call at 1-888-364-3065.
How can I stay connected to the Y while the branches are temporarily closed?
Staying connected matters. Our branches may be temporarily closed, but YMCA @ Home is here to help you, your family, and our community stay active and engaged. We have virtual workout videos, family activities, wellness tips, and more.
How does this situation affect my Membership?
We’ve currently put all memberships on hold automatically. But we’re also asking for your help. We hope you’ll consider sustaining your membership to support the Y.
Keeping your membership active will help us meet critical community needs — including providing emergency childcare for health care professionals and first responders (law enforcement, EMS, fire), telehealth counseling services for children and adults conducted by our licensed counselors from the YMCA Family Services branch, and providing financial resources to significantly impacted employees with the YMCA Emergency Staff Relief Fund.
Remaining an Active Member will also ensure the Y returns strong and ready to serve you and our communities.
If you complete this Stay With Us Form, we will continue to bill you on the 15th of the month and convert your membership dues to a contribution to the Y so we can continue to operate emergency services in our community.
How can I support the Y's emergency response efforts?
A donation to the Y during this crisis will allow us to operate our emergency services including child care, counseling services for adults and children, and helping to support our impacted staff.
Thank you for supporting the Y. A meaningful gift can be made online on our donation page.
I paid for program classes in March before you closed. Will you be crediting my account when you reopen?
On March 16, the YMCA closed its doors as mandated by Governor Andrew Cuomo. As a result, our YMCA programs including child care, swim lessons, youth sports, and cultural arts, as well as access to the Y for your workouts ended abruptly.
At the YMCA of Long Island, we will always do the right thing for our members and the communities we serve.
Once our doors closed, we immediately shifted operations to provide Emergency Child Care for essential personnel, telehealth counseling services through our YMCA Family Services branch, and implemented the YMCA Emergency Staff Relief Fund for our furloughed staff. We also created YMCA @ Home to bring resources to our members of all ages and interests.
We ask that you allow us to credit you for any unused portion of your membership or program. A credit will be applied once we reopen our doors.
Of course, during these challenging times, we understand if you require a refund. If this is the case, please complete this Refund Form and it will be sent directly to your Y branch to be processed. Please keep in mind that our YMCA staff are working limited hours so refunds may take 2-3 weeks to be processed.
When do you expect to reopen?
We will do everything we can to reopen our branches as soon as possible. We are closely monitoring information and guidance from public health officials and will continue to follow their lead for when it is safe to open our doors.
We are anxiously awaiting the day when we can welcome all of our members back home to the Y.
In the meantime, YMCA @ Home, is here to keep you active and engaged from home.
Is Preschool or School Age Child Care still running?
Due to the closure of Long Island schools, all YMCA Early Childhood Centers and Before & After School programs at our partner school sites are closed until further notice. The health and well-being of our community is our highest priority. Please see our YMCA @ Home kids and families resources for ways to engage at home.
We are currently operating Emergency Child Care for essential personnel including Northwell Health employees, health care professionals, and first responders (law enforcement, EMS, fire) at Mary G Clarkson School in Bay Shore and Countrywood Primary School in South Huntington. Please visit our Emergency Services page for more information or to register.
If you have any questions, please call us at 855-2YMCALI or email us at Childcare@ymcali.org.
Are you still going to run summer camp?
Camp is an important part of every child’s development and they look forward to spending the summer months with their friends, learning new skills, and building confidence. We are currently planning to run YMCA Summer Day Camp. Registration is open online.
We will continue to work closely with the Department of Health to make sure we are operating at a safe standard. We have also been in frequent contact with the Childcare Council and Office of Children & Family Services about safe practices related to COVID-19.
In light of the financial hardships families are experiencing, we are not drafting payment plans for April 1. The payment installments will include May 1, June 1, and July 1. We are currently reviewing our financial aid process, as well as our camp credit and refund policy and will share this with our families as soon as possible.
If you have any questions, please contact us at: Membership@ymcali.org.
To learn more about COVID-19, please visit:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
NYS Department of Health
Nassau County Department of Health
Suffolk County Department of Health