COVID-19: All Branches Remain Closed

March 27, 2020

All Greater Somerset County YMCA facilities remain closed due to COVID-19 precautionary measures as mandated by Governor Murphy's Executive Order No. 104. This includes all programs and services provided at or through Bridgewater YMCA, Hillsborough YMCA, Plainfield YMCA, Somerset Hills YMCA, and Somerville YMCA. 

Our Y leadership teams remain in constant contact with state and local officials. We promise to continue to keep you updated regarding the status of our facilities and programming via our website, email, and My Y Alerts text messaging. We can’t wait to see your smiling faces here at the Y again!

THE Y: WHERE MEMBERSHIP MEANS MORE

These are extraordinary, challenging times and we know how important the Y is to you and to all the communities we serve. At Greater Somerset County YMCA, we are a relationship organization that remains ever committed to strengthening our community by connecting people to their potential, purpose, and each other. We are here to help you, your family, and our neighbors stay active and engaged:

Your health and safety are very important to us. Please continue to check with the New Jersey Department of Public Health and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the most up to date information regarding COVID-19.

Thank you for being a valued member of our Y family. It may be hard to see now, but there’s a bright future ahead. We will get there—together.

 


 

FAQs

We understand that you may have additional questions and are happy to answer a few of them right here: 
 
How can I stay connected with the Y at this time?
Staying connected matters. We’re here to help you, your family, and our community to stay healthy and connected with the Y until our facilities once again reopen:
What has the Y done to prepare to reopen?
Our skilled facilities teams at each of our branches, in conjunction with our outside cleaning companies, have been relentlessly engaged in a thorough sanitizing deep clean of our facilities from top to bottom using hospital-grade disinfectants. Our YMCA facilities are ready to welcome our members when we are permitted to reopen.
 
When will the Y open again?
Our Y’s facilities remain closed as mandated by New Jersey Executive Order No. 104 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our leadership team remains in constant contact with state and local agencies. We will do everything we can to reopen as soon as possible. We will continue to keep our members updated regarding the status of our facilities and programming via our website, email, and My Y Alerts text messaging. We can’t wait to see your smiling faces here at the Y again!
 
Will the Y continue drafting membership fees while the facility remains closed as mandated by NJ Executive Order No. 104?
Yes. Membership to the Y is so much more than just facility access. We are a relationship organization. Especially during times of uncertainty is when the Y is needed more than ever in our community. Because of you, Y staff continue to support our most vulnerable populations, including addressing food insecurity, social isolation, youth enrichment, and even offering virtual fitness options for all abilities. However, we know that not everyone can afford their membership during this time of crisis. If you find the need to place your membership on hold beginning in May simply complete this simple online form by Monday, April 27, 2020.
 
When do you expect to resume programming at the Y?
At this time, we do not know. Our leadership team remains in constant contact with state and local agencies. We will do everything we can to reopen as soon as possible.
 
What happens to Spring 1 programs and/or classes my family is enrolled in?
When we return, all programs and classes will resume right where we left off. The remaining five classes out of this eight-week session for which you’ve paid will be fulfilled. You do not need to do anything additional at this time. We look forward to reaching out to all program participants advance of reopening our facility and resuming the Spring 1 program session.
 
Is it true that YMCAs have been asked to provide emergency child care services to healthcare workers and emergency responders? How is our Y helping?
The New Jersey Department of Health, the Governor’s Office, and the NJ Hospital Foundation have requested the YMCA’s support to provide emergency child care for healthcare workers. As the nation’s largest nonprofit child care provider, YMCAs are a trusted, quality resource. As an organization committed to strengthening community, this is our social responsibility. We stand ready to provide support through our Early Education Centers.
 
Will the Y still offer summer camp this year?
Y staff are still planning a fantastic summer camp season for our families. Online registration is open. We remain in close contact with state and local agencies. The Y will reach out and inform families should there be a change to summer camp dates, offerings, etc.
 
There are YMCAs everywhere. Isn’t there a national organization that can step in and support Greater Somerset County YMCA?
YMCAs across the nation are united in a shared purpose and mission under a common brand. While we share knowledge, standards across program areas, and organizational best practices, each YMCA—or association of YMCAs as we are here at Greater Somerset County YMCA—is a financially-independent nonprofit entity. As such, our Y has a fiduciary responsibility to our staff, members, and program participants for which we alone are accountable. We take our purpose to strengthen community and our ability to be organizationally equal to the task very seriously. 
 
I was in the Y recently, should I be concerned?
We all need to be aware of the potential spread of the virus and monitor ourselves and loved ones for COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you or a loved one develop these symptoms please stay home and speak to your healthcare provider. For more information go to the CDC information page on COVID-19 to learn What You Need To Know and What To Do If You Are Sick.
 
I have general questions about COVID-19
Call the NJ COVID-19 & Poison Center Public Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 or 1-800-962-1253 if using an out-of-state phone line. Trained professionals are standing by to answer your call 24/7 or visit nj.gov/health. NOTE: Hotline is not to locate testing, to get test results, or for medical advice.