Coronavirus Information & Updates

Author: Meadowlands YMCA Staff
Date Posted: Saturday, March 7, 2020

Update: March 16, 2020

 
As part of Governor Murphy’s order to close all NJ casinos, movie theaters, gyms, bars and restaurants, the Meadowlands YMCA is suspending wellness and pool operations effective at 8pm today until further notice.
 
In consultation with the Bergen County Department of Health, limited childcare and the Mara Center will be available at our main facility. The Y, who has continually served the community through other trying times, will offer an emergent all-day child care program for essential workers, including first responders, healthcare workers, supply chain workers and others.
 
In the spirit of collaboration, we are working with State and Local agencies to provide much-needed services including:
 
  • Food Distribution
  • Childcare Needs
  • Blood Donations
  • And others
 
BLOOD DRIVE: The American Red Cross has informed us that blood is still a much-needed resource. Those who have registered to give blood on Friday, March 20th are encouraged to keep their appointment. If you would like to give blood, please visit our website.
 
This has no doubt been an incredibly challenging time. Without question, our top priority has been the health and wellbeing of our members, guests and employees – and to no lesser extent the health and wellbeing of the communities where we operate. We knew that each decision we make has a broad impact far beyond our operations including childcare, chronic disease programs and healthy living initiatives.
 
Please remember that regular exercise is one component of a healthy lifestyle that can help reduce stress and boost your immune system. During this closure period, you can continue to work out using a variety of at-home exercise options included here for you to try.
 
With the suspension of most services, your membership and childcare fees will be put on hold and the appropriate credits will be applied to your account upon our reopening. 
 
As new information becomes available, we will post on our website and on social media platforms as well as email communication. Please know that we will do our best to answer any of your questions and concerns and appreciate your patience as our most immediate priority must be those in need of emergent childcare.
 
These are unprecedented, challenging times for everyone. We remain committed to supporting and strengthening our communities and will continue to navigate these unchartered waters with our members, our employees and our communities remaining our highest priority.
 
Sincerely,
David E. Kisselback
President and CEO
 

 

 

Update: March 13, 2020

Dear Parents and Caretakers,
 
As a community and social service organization, we are seeking to support children, families and other institutions in need during this time of uncertainty.
 
Due to the school closures, we will be offering limited childcare over the next two weeks at the YMCA. This care is intended for those in need, for children whose parents must continue working during this time.
 
Together, with your help, we will be taking every necessary precaution to keep both children and staff members safe and healthy during this time.
 
  1. If the child or any member of the immediate family seems sick or ill, please stay home.
  2. All children entering the program will be screened upon entrance each day for fever or symptoms of COVID-19.
  3. All participants and staff will be abiding by proper self-hygiene standards set by the Center for Disease Control.
  4. Our facility maintenance department and cleaning company are working around the clock to ensure that the environment and any equipment is sanitized regularly.
  5. We have an emergency plan in place should there be the onset of symptoms for a child or adult present during the program. This includes separation, social distancing and immediate communication to all involved via text and email followed by phone calls.
The YMCA is largest childcare provider in the nation, our goal is always to serve families in need. As advised by the Department of Children and Family Services and the Department of Health of New Jersey today, Friday March 13th we will continue to weigh the risk of public health against the necessity of providing a service that is much needed by families. We will continue to appropriately react to the shifting landscape as we move forward.
 
To register, please fill out and email the form below to Auldine Latko, alatko@meadowlandsymca.org.
 

REGISTRATION FORM

Our current Before and Aftercare participants will receive a 20% discount on all services offered during this time. Additionally, any unused time at those programs will be calculated into a credit, which can be applied to this program.
 
Please note: to attend the program each child must have a 100% complete CampDoc profile that includes full medical history of the child and the standard permissions necessary to participate in programs at the YMCA. Shortly after registration you will receive a link via email to complete this.
 
We are all in this together. Please notify me if there is any way I or the YMCA can assist you.
 
Thank you,
Amy Costa, Executive Director of Branch Operations 
acosta@meadowlandsymca.org
 

**Updates will be regularly made to this page as they become available.**

Update: March 11, 2020

The following locations for Active Older Adult Group Exercise Classes have been temporarily closed until further notice. We will provide updates for their reopening as soon as we are informed. 

  • Dellridge Health & Rehabilitation Center (Paramus, NJ)
  • Elmwood Park Senior Activity Center 
  • Southwest Bergen Senior Center (East Rutherford, NJ)
  • Wallington Senior Activity Center
  • Maywood Recreation Center 

"Let's Move for a Better World," our yearly campaign to accumulate MOVEs on our Technogym cardio equipment has been postponed until October 5-24th. 

The Special Olympics Swim Meet scheduled to be hosted at the Meadowlands YMCA on Saturday, March 14th has been canceled. 

Update: March 7, 2020

 

As the concerns about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continue to grow, we wanted to update you on our procedures and the steps you can take to reduce your risk of catch and spreading illnesses here at the Y and throughout the community. 

Measures we are taking at the Y:

  • Our full facility is completely cleaned every night by an outside company. This is an ongoing process all year long.
  • We have added additional hand sanitizer dispensers throughout our building to assist with increasing hand cleaning.
  • All Staff in every department are continually cleaning equipment, frequently “touched” areas and the common areas.
  • The pool area is cleaned every night and throughout the day. The pool itself is a on a filtration system that runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How you can help: 

  • Please stay home if you are not feeling well or have any flu-like symptoms. 
  • Remember to wash your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Please remember to wipe down equipment with the sanitizer that is stationed throughout the wellness and cardio deck areas after every use.
  • Use the  'elbow bump' as your new high-five when greeting a friend at the Y and around the community. 
  • Stay home when you feel ill or have been exposed to the virus.  
    • If your child or another member of your household attends a school or organization that has closed due to possible exposure to the Coronavirus, please have all family members refrain from visiting the Y until that organization re-opens.
    • If you have recently traveled from a country that has been identified as a Level 3 Travel Health Notice, please refrain from visiting the Y and follow the CDC guidelines.

The Meadowlands YMCA will continue to work with our partners at Hackensack Meridian and Hudson Regional to make sure that we are following the most current guidelines as related to both the Coronavirus and the seasonal flu.

You can find additional resources and information on the Coronavirus here: 

As additional information becomes available, we will be sure to provide updates below.

Thank you.

The Meadowlands YMCA Team.


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