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Downtown St. Paul YMCA will not reopen

YMCAs across the Twin Cities were required to close in March.
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The YMCA in downtown St. Paul will not reopen due to challenges brought on by COVID-19.

YMCA made the announcement Wednesday, stating the decision is meant to make sure the organization’s operations remain sustainable. YMCA will focus its attention on creating a “community hub focused on youth,” according to the announcement.

Members of the downtown YMCA are being asked to select a new locations, with options including locations in Midway, the Eastside and West St. Paul. Downtown members will also receive a free month of membership after transferring.

The downtown YMCA is located in Lowertown and accessible by skyway. The location featured a pool, fitness center and other amenities.

Last month, YMCAs across the Twin Cities began a staggered reopening after closing due to COVID-19, starting with the St. Paul Midway and Southdale locations. Locations have since reopened in more than a dozen locations including Forrest Lake, Ridgedale, New Hope and Elk River.

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On Aug. 3 Maplewood, Mounds View and West St. Paul locations will also reopen. Fitness centers in Minnesota are limited to 25 percent capacity.

Still, closing for months during the spring took its toll on Twin Cities YMCA. According to the Star Tribune, 82,000 members cancelled or paused memberships or stopped using childcare services.

The organization reportedly furloughed 90 percent of its workers. 

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