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The Amherst News - 2020-03-25

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To be safe

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DARRELL COLE darrell.cole@amherstnews.ca @amherstdaily

YMCA among many closures while communities deal with Coronavirus. AMHERST, N.S. – The Cumberland YMCA has closed temporarily in response to the COVID-19 situation. The building closed to the public Monday, March 16, with plans to reopen on April 6. The YMCA's licensed child centre and after-school programs have also paused operations. “Our YMCA is proactively responding to COVID-19 across all of our programs,” YMCA of Cumberland CEO Trina Clarke said in a news release. “We are following the advice of the provincial government in announcing how this impacts our programs.” March break camps were cancelled and all health, fitness and aquatics programming have been paused with plans to resume on April 6. This includes closure of the wellness centre, gymnasium and pool. All memberships will be placed on hold at this time and automatic payments will be stopped. As a priority service, the Homelessness Prevention and Outreach Program will continue to serve the community. Due to no facility access, those requiring services are asked to contact 902-669-0005 or email alison.lair@cumberland.ymca.ca The community kitchen will be paused during this time as the building will be closed. “This is an unprecedented circumstance. The first priority of our YMCA is to keep our staff, volunteers and the members of our community safe. The measures we are implementing are critical to help contain the COVID-19 virus and stop its progression,” said Clarke. “Thank you for your understanding and support during this challenging time.” The YMCA is asking anyone who has travelled internationally within the past 14 days to refrain from entering the building. Founded in 1995, The YMCA of Cumberland is a charitable organization responsible for the development of our local and global communities in spirit, mind and body. For more information about the YMCA of Cumberland, visit www.ymcaofcumberland.com

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