Greene Co. YMCA to reopen in the spring
Andrea Macko is reporting for Porcupine Soup the Capital District YMCA has announced its Coxsackie club will reopen this spring, but a date has not yet been chosen. The YMCA has been closed for a full year due to the coronavirus pandemic. “It is totally understandable that people have been frustrated,” said Erin Breslin, senior director of marketing and membership for the Capital District YMCA. “We are very hopeful to reopen this spring,” she said. In addition to Coxsackie, Capital District YMCA maintains clubs in Bethlehem, Duanesburg, Glenville, East Greenbush, Guilderland, Schenectady, Troy and Saratoga. They also run camps, childcare centers and a healthy living center. Breslin said the YMCA's four larger locations are now open. Among the challenges faced by the YMCA is the state order that fitness centers can only operate at 33 percent capacity. When you factor in six-foot social distancing, this really means 20 to 25 percent capacity for smaller facilities like the Greene County YMCA. Staffing, Breslin said, has been another issue. When the club shut down last spring, they thought the closure would last only a week. But as time went on many staff members had to find other employment so the club has to build up its staff again. But while the Greene County YMCA has remained closed, they have been helping the local community with food donations. Through the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program 25-pound food boxes have been distributed at drive-thru events at clubs. Breslin said they have provided more than 630,000 pounds of food throughout the Capital District to date. Read the full story in Porcupine Soup.