YMCA Coronavirus Update | NJ

By: Greg Albers | Monday, June 1, 2020 | Healthy Living

Staff assist with food distribution.

 

The Y is Temporarily Closed

Due to the statewide mandates to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), all Y facilities, including Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, are closed until further notice. We are quickly responding to this change and will provide details on our website, and via email, as the situation changes. 

Summer Camp 

Summer camp will be more important than ever for children as we emerge from this pandemic. While we do not have an official reopening date at the moment for our Y facilities, we remain hopeful and are planning to welcome our new and returning campers for another exceptional summer camp season as scheduled. 

Governor Murphy has stated Child Care can resume June 15th and Summer Day Camp July 6thIn preparation for this, we have been working on YMCA guidelines and safety procedures for camp and child care using guidance from the CDC and the American Camping Association. At this time, all we know is that Day Camp and Child Care will be allowed by law this summer and we are unable to finalize the guidelines and safety procedures without further guidance from the Governor. In the very near future, we will share with you the YMCA guidelines and safety procedures as well as address your questions. We do not have any new information on Sleep Away Camp and are awaiting Governor Murphy’s direction on this.

We have modified our refund policy in regards to summer camp. From now until June 14, we will refund all fees paid to date less the non-refundable deposit made. If you or your partner have lost your job as a result of the pandemic, we will offer a full refund for all camp fees paid to date. 

From June 14 until the first day of your child's camp, we will provide a full refund of all camp fees paid, including your deposit if you feel it’s best not to send your child this summer. If camp is cancelled, the YMCA will provide a full refund of all fees paid, including your deposit.

Camp payments will still draft as scheduled, however, if your situation has changed and you would like to modify your payment schedule, please contact us via email at fvlcamp@metroymcas.org.

We know many families have been financially impacted by the coronavirus. The YMCA’s financial assistance program is available to families who need assistance in paying for camp. 

Group Visits

We are working with groups to reschedule their trip to camp at a later date this year. If you are a group leader and have questions about your trip, please contact camp. 

Alison Fisk, Senior Director 

Jennie Griffin, Associate Executive Director

Marc Koch, Executive Director

Open Houses

We are cancelling all upcoming April summer camp open houses until further notice. We will keep you informed of any changes or new dates.  

Virtual YMCA

We also recognize being at home all day is a novel and strange circumstance for many children and families. Together with our other branches, we are creating a series of videos – everything from group exercise to a sing-along campfire – for your family. We hope these videos bring joy, education and fun into your home. You can currently access Fairview at Homefitness classes and child care resources from the comfort of your home.

Impacts to our staff

The loss of revenue associated with the closure of Y branches has resulted in unimagined financial circumstances, requiring a temporary layoff of many of staff members who are part of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges. This adjustment in our workforce enables us to sustain the staffing levels and wages that are essential for maintaining current operations.

To help employees affected by the closure of our facilities, you can make a secure online donation to our Employee Assistance Fund. 

Additional resources  

Thank you for working with us to ensure the health of your friends, visitors to camp, our YMCA and the community. We look forward to seeing you soon.  


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