Belle Chasse YMCA

We are opening our doors for phase 1 on Monday, May 18!

We are excited to safety welcome our staff and members back into our facility.

 

Belle Chasse YMCA Phase 1 Guidelines:

 
  • Although we are opening May 18, your membership draft will not begin until June 1. Please contact the Y for additional membership options.
  • All members and staff will have a temperature screening upon arrival. If you have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, you will not be allowed access to our facility for 14 days or a negative COVID test.
  • Our facility will be for members 18 and older during phase 1.
  • Our wellness floor will be open with limited equipment available. Equipment will be marked off in order to stay 6 ft apart and to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Members are required to wipe down equipment before and after use. Staff will disinfect after use, following CDC guidelines.
  • We will offer Group Exercise Classes with a modified schedule. To adhere to the 25% capacity guideline, there will be limited space available in class. You will have the option to reserve your spot online. Please refrain from gathering in hallways prior to class. Individual spots are marked on the group exercise room floor to ensure 6 ft of distance during class. When teaching class, our instructors may not be wearing a mask. We ask that our members please respect the space of the instructor.
  • We will continue our virtual classes through phase 1.
  • Our pool will be open for lap swim only. Reservations will be available and encouraged in order to guarantee a lap lane.
  • Looker rooms will only be open during pool hours. We encourage members to bring their own locks.
  • Our staff will be in the proper PPE at all times. Our staff are required to wear a mask at all times.
  • Vending machines, water fountains, and coffee will be unavailable. We encourage our members to bring their own water bottle.
  • No childcare or youth programs will be offered during phase 1. We look forward to the addition of programs and summer camp in phase 2.
  • No basketball (no pick up, shoot around, or team play)
  • No guests will be permitted during phase 1.

You Belong Here!

Dear valued member of the YMCA family,

When you join the YMCA, you belong to much more than just a gym.  You belong to a movement that began locally in 1852; an organization committed to supporting the development of our community’s youth; a place where seniors can remain healthy, happy, and independent; a place where people of all ages feel supported and loved and where all family members can be active together.  During the current crisis, your YMCA has been busy providing meals to children (over 25,000 as of this week), cleaning facilities, connecting with members via social media, and completing major maintenance projects on our buildings.

There is still much we do not know about the coronavirus, but one thing has become clear – the people who have been most adversely affected by the virus have been people who have underlying health conditions.  The CDC recently reported that 90% of people hospitalized due to the virus had some underlying health condition.  These conditions include high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, lung disease and cardiovascular disease – all things the YMCA works to prevent or mitigate every single day we are open.  Never has good nutrition and exercise been more essential to the American people.

It has been almost two months since we closed our doors to help combat the spread of the coronavirus.  Now, we want to give you an update on our plans for reopening our YMCA facilities and bringing back programs.  We will reopen as soon as we are allowed to open and have staff available to follow the guidelines which will make YMCA activities as safe as possible.  While we are still waiting to receive more information on these guidelines and an opening date, these are some of the things you can expect to see at your YMCA:

  • A phased, gradual reopening and return to membership and program activities.
  • Additional and continuous cleaning of our facility and screening of members.
  • A list of protocols members will need to follow to promote their own safety and the safety of others around them.

When we closed our doors in March, we stopped all scheduled membership payments.  We did that in anticipation that many of our members would be hurting financially from the shutdown.  However, like all member supported organizations, we need to have revenue in order to survive.   We are hopeful we will be able to start our phased reopening in the second half of May, and we anticipate resuming membership payments on June 1st.  If you feel as though you and your family are not ready to return, you can place your membership on hold by contacting one of our membership service representatives.  If you are continuing to endure economic hardship from the shutdown, we will also have financial assistance available to help keep your membership active so you can continue to benefit from all the YMCA has to offer to you and your family.

I doubt you’ll find many health and wellness organizations prepared to do so much to help keep you active and healthy, but that is part of what makes the YMCA who we are.  We care about you, we care about your health, we care about your family, and we care about your neighbors.  Please trust us when we say “You belong here!

Sincerely,

The YMCA of Greater New Orleans Leadership Team

 

 

After Hurricane Katrina, the YMCA of Greater New Orleans saw a need in Plaquemines Parish, a need for something far greater than a gym...there was a need for a place for the community to return, a place for people to gather and to heal. There was a need for a home away from home—a place where all ages, races, and religions could come together to get healthy, grow, and play.

Our modern facility provides opportunities to strengthen spiritual, mental and physical well-being. When you participate at the Y you join a community of people committed to achieving their fullest potential.

We're committed to ensuring that all members of our community have access to Y programs. Financial assistance is available to those who cannot afford the full cost of programs and membership.

 

We are excited to announce the sponsorship and continued partnership with Phillips 66.  Read the Press Release Here!

Thank you Phillips 66!

 

 

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