June 02, 2020
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The Bangor Region YMCA delays reopening of facility

Community Author: Audrey Co
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BANGOR — Following the announcement made by the Mills Administration on May 19 of the updates made to the Plans to Restart Maine’s Economy, The Bangor Region YMCA is being required to delay the reopening of their facility, which was scheduled for June 1.


The Bangor Region YMCA is a non-profit organization with multiple functions, but for the purposes of the Governor’s Plan to Restart Maine’s Economy, the YMCA facility is categorized as a Fitness Center and Exercise Gym. Originally scheduled to reopen on June 1 with Stage 2 of the plan, the Y has been working hard to make sure all safety policies and procedures are put in place, implementing the same protocols placed in their Emergency Childcare program to the rest of the programs and services they offer, and adding more safety procedures for each area of the Y to ensure the safety of their members, staff and the community.


“The delay of Fitness Centers and Excercise Gyms from their June 1 date is disappointing because our members are so eager, so ready and very much in need for our Y to open,” says Diane Dickerson, CEO of the Bangor Region YMCA. “Our organization is a family with members who rely on us to stay physically well, mentally well, and socially connected. Wellness and connection are more important now than ever.


While we are disappointed by this delay, we are absolutely following the state’s guidance, and will comply with all CDC recommendations. We have a whole team working on updated safety measures and are confident that we are doing everything correctly to ensure the safety and well-being of our members and our staff. It is critical that we provide the best quality service and programs while keeping everyone safe and healthy, and we are confident we will do just that.”


The new reopening date of the Bangor Region YMCA is to be determined, pending on the information provided by the Governor’s Office.


The Y has been and will continue to be an Emergency Care Site for the children of healthcare workers, first responders and essential businesses.


For more information or updates of the Y’s reopening, call the Y at 207-941-2808 or visit BangorYMCA.org.