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YMCA to stagger reopening of Twin Cities locations, starting with 2 Wednesday

The Y hopes all metro locations will be open again by early August.

YMCA will reopen two Twin Cities metro area fitness centers and pools beginning Wednesday, which falls in line with new orders from Gov. Tim Walz in Minnesota's rolling reopening of the economy. 

Opening Wednesday are the St. Paul Midway YMCA and the Southdale YMCA, though fitness centers can only allow 25% capacity per the governor's latest executive order.

"The pool and group exercise classes at the Midway and Southdale Ys will open Friday, June 12." said Glen Gunderson, president of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities . "By opening these two Y sites first we have the opportunity to ensure processes we are implementing are working and make any necessary adjustments based on member feedback and experience.

Open areas inside have been redesigned to allow for maximum social distancing, and signage will be placed throughout the facility to raise awareness about COVID-19. Meanwhile, staff will be wearing masks at all times and will be sanitizing all equipment every two hours.

Gym members are advised to wear a mask, wipe down equipment after use, and bring their own towel and water.

Kids are not allowed yet. "We are unable to provide Kids Stuff at this time and recommend you not bring children and other family members with you as common area seating will be extremely limited," the YMCA website says. 

The rest of the metro area YMCA locations will open in staggered fashion between June 16 and August 3.

Reopening schedule

Opening June 10

Opening June 16

Opening June 22

Opening July 6

Open by August 3 (this is a goal and not a hard date like the others)

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