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YMCA To Resume Some Of Its Operations On Monday

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The 10 YMCA branches in the Wichita area, including El Dorado, will open Monday.

The Greater Wichita YMCA will reopen its 10 branches beginning Monday.

YMCA officials said the reopening meets the guidelines that are part of Gov. Laura Kelly’s phased-in plan to resume business activity in Kansas. The YMCAs closed March 16 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The YMCA’s hours will be scaled back slightly: Branches will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.

That will include the YMCAs in Wichita, Newton, Andover and El Dorado.

Offerings include cardio equipment, weights, personal and small group training, and select group exercise outside. Pools, gyms and locker rooms will remain closed.

Virtual YMCA offerings are still available for those who choose to stay home.

Equipment will be spread out to help with social distancing and group activities will be limited. Staff members will face masks and gloves; people using the YMCA are encouraged to wear them as well.

The YMCA said its summer camps will begin June 1 and last 10 weeks. Enrollment is open now.

Enrollment for the early learning centers also is open. The East and South centers open Monday.

Summer sports registration is still closed, but officials think enrollment should start soon and the season will start in June.

Membership fees resume June 15. Families affected financially by COVID-19 can contact YMCA membership staff starting Monday. Options are available to help reduce or eliminate the costs of membership.

Nicole Grimes is a member of the KMUW News Lab.