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The YMCA of Metro Chicago locations, including Sage in Crystal Lake, will temporarily close effective 10 p.m. Monday.
This closure will remain until March 29. All locations, including, membership centers, program sites, early childhood centers and overnight camps, will be closed.
Richard H. Malone, president and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, said in a letter to patrons that it is the organization's social responsibility to do its part to contain the virus for the safety of the community at-large.
As for now, the YMCA has a tentative re-opening date of March 30.
"We will continue to monitor guidance from federal, state and local health authorities during this evolving national emergency to make sure that this plan is in the best interests of the health and safety of our members and staff," Malone said. "This is a very challenging and unsettling time for all of us. We at the Y are facing the added challenge of doing what we can by providing salary and benefits continuation to assure that our staff can afford to keep themselves and their families safe and be available to serve you when this health emergency ends."
He urged those who can to continue their Y membership and program enrollment. However, for families that aren't financially able to do so, they can call Member services at 773-905-5115.
"We, as a community, will get through this," Malone said.
The Y is working to prepare a collection of online resources, such as school-age activities and fitness videos, that will be available on the YMCA's website and YouTube challenge in the coming days.