Ester Marsh column: YMCA slowly opening for classes

Published 12:07 am Sunday, May 31, 2020

The YMCA’s Phase 1 is starting Monday.

I hope everyone is doing well and continuing to move, stay healthy and connected.

I know I am not alone when I say I feel like we are reinventing the wheel regularly due to the COVID-19 and state mandates to keep the curve down. Unfortunately, we are still going up in numbers of people testing positive.

I absolutely believe it’s because more people are getting tested, however it is still going up and we have to continue to be mindful and assist opening the world slowly.
As I mentioned last week, I was disappointed too with the state’s Phase 2 opening.

Not what we wanted to hear but again, we fully understand. So in Phase 2 (Rowan-Cabarrus YMCA’s Phase 1), we are able to have camp.

Starting Monday, you can also make an appointment 24 hours in advance to swim or take pool therapy. So that means you can start calling today from 1-4 p.m.

Our RAC swim team was able to start last week. Even with strict procedures, it’s so great to have people in the building again.

We are also able to add outdoor group exercise classes that will be held on our outdoor track area. The field and outdoor cycling classes are for YMCA members and we are so fortunate to have such amazing support and following from our community.

To check out the virtual class schedule (for anyone) and our new outdoor schedule (members only), visit for our reopening guide and virtual and outdoor class schedule.

There is a brighter light at the end of this crazy tunnel!

For outdoor classes, bring your own mat, towel (if needed) and water. You have to stay 10 feet away from each other and the maximum number of participants, including instructor, is 25.

We recommend reserving your spot, especially on the bikes, because space under the shelter is limited to keep the appropriate spacing. Entrance for outdoor classes will be at the back gate near the Harris Teeter side. Participants must sign a waiver each time.

Camp Wallace started last week and the kids had a great time with games, crafts, sports and pool time. I know they are excited to get out of the house!

Most of our virtual classes will continue to keep our higher risk population active or the ones who are just not ready for the next step yet. And that is OK.

Everyone deals with and experiences this pandemic differently. As long as we respect each other, understand different beliefs, respect everyone’s space and of course be kind to one another, the light at the end of the tunnel will continue to shine brighter!

Ester H. Marsh is Health & Fitness Director of the JF Hurley YMCA.