YMCA to reopen with restrictions on Monday

VICTORIA, Texas — It’s time to get pumped.

In accordance with phase two of Governor Abbott’s plan to reopen Texas, gyms — including the Barbara Bauer Briggs YMCA — will be eligible to reopen this Monday, May 18th. Gyms will be required to adhere to safety guidelines, such as maintaining a 25% capacity or less.

“We are being very cautious with of course limiting all of our machines,” said Aubrey McWilliams, Marketing Director for the YMCA of the Golden Crescent. “We’re doing six feet between people, making sure we keep our social distance.”

McWilliams added that staff will monitor the number of members in each section of the gym, while the YMCA will also provide certain services to maintain staff and member safety. These include mandatory temperature checks before entrance, access to disinfecting equipment, and plexiglass barricades at the gym’s entrance desks. Only members will be eligible to enter for the time being, and per insurance, every member will be required to sign a waiver.

Services that will not resume immediately include 24 hour access, laundry, pool access, and spin classes. Locker rooms will be open only for restroom use, while other group exercise classes will begin Monday, while adhering to the same capacity restrictions.

“We think we’re gonna have a good amount of people here next week, so we’re doing our best to get the space ready,” said McWilliams. “So 5 am, Monday morning on the 18th, we are ready.”

The Victoria and Port Lavaca branches of the YMCA of the Golden Crescent will both reopen to the public on Monday.