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All memberships have been placed on a temporary hold, which means no fees will be withdrawn from your account effective November 11, 2020.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.
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resume children’s programming, your child’s account will become active once more and membership fees will begin to be withdrawn using the payment method and frequency we have on file.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.