CLOSURE DUE TO COVID-19
Dear Y members,

Your well-being, health and safety is of utmost importance to us.

In the last week and a half, we have been diligently monitoring the evolution of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which the World Health Organization has classified as a pandemic. For clarity, defining COVID-19 as a pandemic is merely highlighting its probability for spreading worldwide and not the potency or mortality rate of the virus. The US and the Canadian Governments are also addressing the virus as such.

The Provincial Government has just announced the mandatory closure of all daycares, schools, CEGEPs and universities, as well as municipal public arenas, libraries, skating rinks and swimming pools for at least two weeks. It’s now accepted and understood that in order to flatten the curve of spreading the virus, social distancing is a necessary measure.

It has not been an easy decision to make, but in light of these recent events and in accordance with the recommendations given by the city of Montreal and the province of Quebec, we must do our part to ensure and maintain your safety and the safety of the greater community. We will be closing the Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA as a preventative measure to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Effective immediately, our facility and all our programs, courses, classes and activities will be closed for the next 14 days. Please rest assured, that as of now, there are NO present cases of COVID-19 at the Y.

Please note that your membership will not be compromised and you will not be penalized by the closure. Additional information is forthcoming.  If you have any urgent questions during this time, please don’t hesitate to contact us by email at dsalvoni@ymywha.com .
We understand that this measure can prove to be difficult for vulnerable individuals, our inclusion service participants and senior members. To this end, our Director of Youth and Family Engagement can be reached at snovick@ymywha.com to address any of your concerns.

Our management will continue to work and will be available to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. Please send all inquiries to marketing@ywyha.com and the designated department will be in touch with you.
Please refer to our web site , our Facebook page or our Instagram account for all updates, as our professionals will continue to closely monitor the situation and consult with the Direction régionale de la santé publique (DSRP). On Friday, March 20 th , we will provide any available update.

Please remember:
·          Regularly wash hands with soap and water.
·          Cough and sneeze into your elbow
·          Avoid unnecessary contact.
·          Avoid large crowds.
·          Consider carrying hand sanitizer.
·          Avoid unnecessary travel

For any of you who would like more information about the Coronavirus, frequently asked questions, or how to mitigate the transmission of the disease, please refer to the following websites.
·          Quebec Government - available in French only
·          Santé Montréal
·          Public Health Agency of Canada
·          World Health Organization
 
Please note that the province has also set up a phone number to address any questions regarding COVID-19: 1-877-644-4545
Once again, we are deeply committed to the health and welfare of our members and our staff. We thank you for your understanding and patience