Coronavirus Updates

Last updated: 3/24/2020 at 5:00pm

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With the growing concern around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to let you know what steps we are taking to ensure the health and safety of our members.

This page will be updated whenever new information becomes available, through our scheduled closing time each day. As with any newly emerging infectious disease, knowledge evolves with time and recommendations are changing rapidly. We are closely monitoring information from the Department of Health and will follow their prevention guidelines to help keep our facilities clean and our community safe.

See Frequently Asked Questions from the CDC


When will the Y reopen?

At this time it is uncertain. We will follow the guidelines and orders given by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. The governor has issued a stay at home order through April 6, 2020. When we have a better understanding of this, we will work to communicate with our members.

What is the Y's plan for those who draft for April programs on the 25th of the month?

  • 3/23/2020

    Dear Crossroads YMCA Members & Participants,

    At the Crossroads YMCA, the safety and well-being of our members, staff, volunteers and the broader community in Lake County, IN have always been and will always be a top priority. We realize during this challenging time there's a disruption in your service for programs and we apologize.

    Here's what we are doing:

    With the latest news in our state, the YMCA has decided to hold your April YMCA programs draft (this is for April programs like preschool, swim lessons, gymnastics, dance, cheer, and ninja to name a few) that typically comes out on the 25th of the month.

    Holding your draft means we will not automatically deduct the previously scheduled program cost from the account information you have on file (bank or credit card).

    When we resume programming, we will restart the draft for the appropriate time period.
    If you have prepaid for an April program, you will receive an online program credit for that prepayment.

    You do not need to do anything or contact us for this to happen, we're taking care of it for you.

    Thank you for being part of the Y. We hope to see you soon. Stay healthy & safe.

What is the Y’s current plan for closing?

  • 3/16/2020
    Dear Crossroads YMCA Members & Participants,

    At the Crossroads YMCA, the safety and well-being of our members, staff, volunteers and the broader community in Lake County, IN have always been and will always be a top priority.

    We have been diligently monitoring all national and local updates surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) prevalent disease. In order to best ensure the health of our entire Y community, we have decided to close our YMCAs in Crown Point, Hammond, Whiting, and Griffith to the public.

    The decision to close our locations was made to best ensure the safety of everyone. We understand that closing our facility will affect our community. We appreciate your continued support as our staff work diligently through these challenging times. We will have opportunities for staff to continue working to help support their families.

    During this closure, you can expect regular updates from our website (crymca.org/coronavirusupdates) and our social media. We know that staying fit and active is our best way to build a strong immune system and stay healthy. To stay active, here is a free virtual class option to help keep you active and working out at home. There are even classes to engage the whole family: (https://watch.lesmillsondemand.com/at-home-workouts). This will be free and remain available as long as the disruption from Coronavirus continues.

    We ask everyone to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/) guidelines and take their own measures to protect themselves, including not putting themselves in situations with large crowds or where they come in close contact with others, staying home if they do not feel well, frequently washing their hands with soap and water and covering their coughs and sneezes.

    We will continue to work with the health department and local physicians to determine what other actions, if any, would be prudent on our part and when it will be safe to reopen our facilities. We will assess the situation and communicate the next step plans after March 31.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this evolving and challenging situation. We look forward to serving our community as soon as possible.

    In service,

    Jay Buckmaster
    CEO
    Crossroads YMCA

What about my membership? 

  • In an effort to help keep things as normal as possible for the hundreds of individuals we employ, we will be supporting our staff who help us achieve our mission each day during this closure. We ask that you please keep your membership active so that we can keep our community together and vibrant during these significant challenges.

  • We are continuing to assess the scope of the impact of this closure

  • If you feel the need to place your membership on hold for 30 days, please visit https://crymca.org/membership/membership-forms and fill out the hold form and send to the member engagement director at your branch:

    • Southlake, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    • Hammond, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    • Whiting, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    • Griffith, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Do members/participants receive a refund if their programs are cancelled?

  • 3/13/2020
    Members/participants will receive a system credit for their program portion that is cancelled, within the next two weeks.

We encourage all members and our staff to follow these best practices to help keep yourself and others healthy:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick (and remain home for 24 hours after symptoms have disappeared if the illness is flu-like or gastrointestinal).
  • Cover your cough, or sneeze into a tissue; then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Use the disinfectant spray available on the fitness floor to wipe down machines and equipment before and after each use.

Dean & Barbara White Southlake YMCA

Facility hours: Closed through April 6, 2020
Pool hours: Closed through April 6, 2020
Whirlpool/Steam Room/Sauna: Closed
Programs (General): Closed through April 6, 2020
Preschool: No programs through April 13
Kids Zone: Closed through April 6, 2020
Kids Club: Closed through April 6, 2020
Group Exercise: Closed through April 6, 2020

Hammond Family YMCA

Facility hours: Closed through April 6, 2020.
Pool hours: Closed through April 6, 2020
Whirlpool/Steam Room/Sauna: Closed
Programs (General): Closed through April 6, 2020
Kids Zone: Closed through April 6, 2020
Kids Club: Closed through April 6, 2020
Group Exercise: Closed through April 6, 2020

Whiting Family YMCA

Facility hours: Closed through April 6, 2020
Pool hours: Closed through April 6, 2020
Whirlpool/Steam Room/Sauna: Closed
Programs (General): Closed through April 6, 2020
Kids Zone: Closed through April 6, 2020
Kids Club: Closed through April 6, 2020
Group Exercise: Closed through April 6, 2020

Griffith Family YMCA

Facility hours: Closed through April 6, 2020
Programs (General): Closed through April 6, 2020
Early Learning/Preschool: Closed through April 6, 2020
Kids Zone: Closed through April 6, 2020
Group Exercise: Closed through April 6, 2020