Big changes underway as Pittsburgh-area YMCAs reopen

Big changes underway as Pittsburgh-area YMCAs reopen

PITTSBURGH — Big changes are underway at Pittsburgh-area YMCAs.

For the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, YMCA branches at North Side Allegheny and U.S. Steel Tower welcomed back members.

Much less crowded than on a normal Monday and running at half capacity, North Side folks tried to burn off some of that COVID-19 stress.

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Channel 11 spotted immediately noticeable changes:

Plexiglass shields now protect workers.

  • Masks must be worn in common areas but can be removed once you’re in place, exercising on your machine.
  • Hand sanitizer is visible and readily available.
  • Social distancing signs are posted everywhere.

Officials at the Allegheny YMCA say member safety is their top priority.

“We are going to be as safe as any other institution anywhere in the city. We are taking this very seriously and the YMCA has literally been working around the clock for months to make sure that we are ready to open for members in the safest possible way,” said Bill Pricener, YMCA executive director.

And for now, the locker rooms and pool will be temporarily closed until at least July 13th.

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