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Mandated Closure Effective November 12

November 10, 2020 –  Today we received notification from the Province of Manitoba that all non-essential businesses in Manitoba, including our four branches, would be included in a mandatory, province-wide closure, effective November 12. This closure is expected to last 2 to 4 weeks; however, it could be extended depending on when the government lifts its restrictions.

This is part of the health authorities’ response to the recent spike in coronavirus cases in Manitoba. This is not related to operations at the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg specifically, but rather is a broad measure from the Province to attempt to reduce coronavirus cases in Manitoba.

Important: About your membership

All memberships have been placed on a temporary hold, which means no fees will be withdrawn from your account effective November 11, 2020. Please note that membership fees will begin again as soon as we reopen any of our branches – remember, your membership is valid at all four locations.

  • Why are you shutting down?

    The Province of Manitoba issued a public health order on November 10 that applies to all non-essential businesses in Manitoba, including our four health, fitness and aquatics branches. This means we cannot operate our HFA branches as of November 12.

  • When does the closure take effect?

    The closure begins on November 12 at 12:01 am

  • How long will you be closed for?

    At this time we expect to be closed for two to four weeks, or until the Province lifts restrictions.

  • When will you reopen?

    This will depend on whether or not the Province extends the public health order and whether or not we determine that their date is in our community’s best interest. We anticipate reopening in two to four weeks, or when the Province lifts the restrictions.

  • Are you closed because of coronavirus cases in your branches?

    No, this is not related to our operations but is a broad measure from the Province to attempt to reduce coronavirus cases in Manitoba.

  • If you’re not the issue, why do you have to close?

    The Province has made the decision to apply this mandate to all non-essential businesses in Manitoba. We continue to have conversations with the Province and will advocate for a safe reopening when it is in the best interest of our greater community.

  • Will memberships be placed on hold during the closure?

    Yes, we will automatically be placing all memberships on hold for the duration of the closure effective November 11, 2020. Membership fees will begin to be withdrawn once we reopen any of our four branches. Remember – your membership is valid at all of our locations.

  • How can I support the Y during this closure?

    The Y strives to serve all members of the community – we want everyone to be healthy in mind, body and spirit. First and foremost, please stay as healthy as you can by following the health recommendations. If you are able, please make a one-time or recurring donation at ywinnipeg.ca/donate.

    We have been part of this community for more than 140 years – despite economic uncertainty, world wars and global pandemics – and we want to be here for as long as possible. Like many organizations, we were hit hard by the province-wide shut down earlier this year. This second mandated shutdown will take an even greater toll.

    As a charity, we are committed to helping people improve their health, but we can’t do it alone. Please help by donating at ywinnipeg.ca/donate.

 


October 30, 2020 — Today we received notification from the Province of Manitoba that our health, fitness and aquatics branches would be included in a mandatory, industry-wide capacity limit of 25%, and that we cannot offer children’s or aquatic programming.  At this time the mandate is effective November 2 and expected to be in place for a minimum of 14 days. As such:

  • Children’s Memberships  
    Children’s memberships (for those under 13 years old) will be placed on an automatic hold, starting October 31, 2020 for the duration of this closure. Please note that once we are able to resume children’s programming, your child’s account will become active once more and membership fees will begin to be withdrawn using the payment method and frequency we have on file.
  • Individual Memberships  (for those 13 years & older) & Couple Memberships
    These memberships are unaffected by this government mandate. As those members who are ages 13+ can still use the Y’s fitness centre facilities (weights and cardio), their memberships are still valid at all locations and payments will continue.
  • Family Memberships
    As those who are ages 13+ on a family membership can still use the Y’s fitness centre facilities (weights and cardio), family memberships are still valid at all locations and payments will continue. If you wish to change your family membership to a couple’s or individual (adult) membership or put your family membership on hold, please complete this survey by 11:59 pm on November 6, 2020. We request your patience as we work to process all requests.

September 21st: Child membership fees automatically began again as of September 20, 2020. This allows you to register your kids for fall programs beginning on Monday, September 21, 2020. Your account becoming active means fees will again begin to be withdrawn from your account using the payment frequency and payment method we have on file for you. Notification of this charge was sent via email on September 11, 2020 to those with valid email addresses on file and will be shared via our Facebook account as well.


June 22nd: On March 16, 2020, we had automatically placed your membership on hold (so you would not be charged) because you could not access any of the Y’s Health, Fitness and Aquatics branches, due to the COVID  shutdown. At the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg, you are not restricted to any one branch – your membership includes access to all four of branches. As such, when we re-opened our West Portage branch to members on Monday, June 22, 2020,  payment schedules resumed as of this re-opening date.