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Mathews YMCA reopens as part of Phase 2; Gloucester Y, not yet

The Mathews Family YMCA has reopened.

Following the health and safety challenges of COVID-19, the YMCA provided child care for first responders and emergency services workers through he regional hub at the Middlesex Family YMCA, and held a food drive in support of Hands Across Mathews efforts with families in these communities.

The YMCA never stopped providing virtual group exercise classes led by local and familiar instructors, and the YMCA made many wellness check-in calls with their active older adult members. But what the YMCA couldn’t do until June 5 was open the facilities. Throughout the past few months, the main YMCA facility was closed to slow the spread of the virus.

Gov. Ralph Northam’s executive orders to move forward with the Phase 2 reopening provided the YMCA a green light to begin facility operations again with a safe capacity.

“We are elated to open our doors once again,” said Buzz Lambert, center executive for the Mathews Family YMCA. “We look forward to ...

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