YMCA of Greater Richmond closes all locations 'until further notice'

Posted at 4:54 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 16:54:30-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The YMCA of Greater Richmond will temporarily close all locations “until further notice,” in response to the coronavirus outbreak in Virginia.

“These are unprecedented times unlike any we have been through,” Tim Joyce, President and CEO, said.

The announcement comes after Governor Northam urged gyms, theaters and other businesses to implement a 10-person limit to restrict the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

Joyce said the decison was made in an effort to responsibly "do our part to “flatten the curve.”

“Though we are saddened by the situation and not being able to serve our members and program participants, we wholeheartedly support the directive of our health officials and government leaders in working to limit the spread of infection from COVID-19,” Joyce added.

The YMCA of Greater Richmond is a non-profit that operates 16 branches including locations Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Richmond and Petersburg.

The YMCA says they will offer the option of online classes and content on their website.