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YMCA Of Metro Atlanta Gears Up To Reopen Additional Branches

Several local YMCA branches have reopened, with new protocols and procedures in place.
Several local YMCA branches have reopened, with new protocols and procedures in place.
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More local YMCA branches are expected to open next week.

Lauren Koontz, who serves as the president and CEO of the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, says it’s all a part of a regional, phased approach to ensure all members have access to a newly reopened branch.

“Everything is going to be done with a phased approach: safety first, ensuring social distancing,” said Koontz.

The YMCA of Metro Atlanta started gradually reopening branches on May 15 with the opening of seven locations.

Lauren Koontz, president and CEO of the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, joins “Closer Look” to discuss the Y’s phased reopening. (Courtesy of YMCA of Metro Atlanta)
Lauren Koontz, president and CEO of the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, joins “Closer Look” to discuss the Y’s phased reopening. (Courtesy of YMCA of Metro Atlanta)

With safety measures and protocols in place, the openings continued into Phase 2 on Wednesday with an additional five branches welcoming members.

On Friday’s episode of “Closer Look,” Koontz told the show’s host, Rose Scott, that before each opening, each location started with soft opening first, and advisory board members, staff and selected members tried out the facilities.

“We have a fantastic operations team,” Koontz said. “And they have literally, over the past month, walked every facility and came up with a customized plan for each facility.”

During the conversation, Koontz also shared that all members are required to take an online health screening questionnaire and have their temperature taken before entering the facilities.

She also shared that YMCA of Metro Atlanta staff are required to wear a mask at all times, and members are required to wear a mask in common areas.

“We always lead with safety first with everyone that we serve,” said Koontz.

In addition to opening six more branches June 1, the organization — which prides itself on serving communities through programs and services that aim to build spirit, mind and body — will begin opening its day camp locations.

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