YMCA of Fredericton Coronavirus Update: March 13, 2020

The YMCA of Fredericton is ready to respond in alignment with the information and guidance from Health Canada and supporting agencies. The YMCA is currently taking steps both in terms of prevention (ie hygiene and housekeeping practices), preparedness and our response in the event of an outbreak. We have a number of systems, policies and activities that occur on a daily basis in our ongoing effort to keep our community safe and to react if needed.

International Travellers – Anyone who has returned from international travel, including to the United States, after March 8th, 2020 is restricted for fourteen (14) days from entering the YMCA of Fredericton.

Here at the YMCA we are:

  • Encouraging frequent hand washing
  • Encouraging cough and sneeze etiquette (cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing)
  • Recommending that individuals avoid shaking hands
  • Cleaning common areas more frequently and deepening our efforts in cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Housekeeping staff utilize a disinfectant and germicidal detergent to sanitize locker rooms, meeting rooms, washrooms, etc.
  • We have purchased a handheld electrostatic sprayer to disinfect and sanitize items such as toys, hand weights, etc. that may be challenging to clean.

Please help us by:

  • Staying home if you or your family members are sick
  • Washing your hands before and after entering program areas, after using equipment or before sending your child to a program. Wash hands with soap and warm water frequently for at least 20 seconds
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow, and disposing of tissues immediately
  • Placing dirty towels in the towel bins
  • Wiping down machines and equipment with disinfectant before and after each use

If you would like more information on the Coronavirus, please refer to the Health Canada website at http://bit.ly/2VLC3AZ

YMCA facilities are gathering places for our community. It is through this lens we are approaching this situation and working to ensure the YMCA continues to be safe and welcoming. Thank you for your commitment and support in this matter