Subject: McGaw YMCA Closure to Begin March 16th

Dear McGaw YMCA Community,

At McGaw YMCA, the safety and well-being of our staff, members and neighbors in the Evanston community is always our top priority.

Based on the evolving health concerns with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the information given through City of Evanston Health and Human Services Department, Illinois Department of Public Health and CDC, the decision has been made to close McGaw YMCA on Monday, March 16th.

Our goal is to be closed for one week as we assess and strategize the most effective ways to reopen our facility to the community on Monday, March 23rd. As of this time, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at McGaw YMCA. The uncertainty of this situation can be extremely difficult. However, I want to reassure you that community concern is top of mind. 

We will continue to communicate with you via email, social media, our website and our mobile app. 

Here is what we're doing and how you can help. 

Over the weekend
  • If you are visiting the Y this weekend, please continue to practice social distancing and healthy habits. 
  • Please remove all personal items from lockers so that we can do a deep clean of the locker rooms.
While we're closed
For our community
  • Our lobby will be open for voting on Tuesday, March 17th.
  • We are working with fellow community organizations and partners to assess and determine the needs of our community.
  • McGaw's leadership team and lead program staff will be work onsite and remotely, creating a plan to safely welcome members and families back into our facilities and programs. 
For our building
  • A deep cleaning will be done of the entire facility.
  • We will restock cleaning supplies and sanitizing items which have become more difficult to order.
For our residents
  • Our staff will work with each resident member in assisting them with their needs.
  • Our staff will create a process for checking in with resident members to address their health and well-being.
  • Our staff will spend time reviewing precautions with resident members.

I am grateful for your patience and understanding as we manage the short-term changes to our routines. Thank you for coming together during these uncertain times to be there for one another.
Monique Parsons
McGaw YMCA President/CEO
1000 Grove St, Evanston, IL 60201, United States
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