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Y Cares open through the freeze, fitness center closed

ASHLAND — The Ashland YMCA’s Y Cares program will be unaffected by the state’s two-week freeze, according to Community Relations Director Michele Mitzel.

The program falls under existing health and safety guidelines for child care. The fitness center, gym, sports court and pool will close Wednesday, per the freeze measures.

Gov. Kate Brown announced last week that a two-week pause would extend to a two-week freeze on social activities Nov. 18 through Dec. 2, at minimum. Freeze measures include closing gyms, fitness organizations and indoor recreational facilities, but does not alter health and safety protocols for certain services including youth programs, child care and K-12 schools.

The Y Cares program offers outdoor recess, individual play, extracurricular activities and distance learning assistance for 58 Ashland students.

YMCA memberships remain active and members will have access to virtual classes during the freeze, through on-demand YouTube fitness classes and Zoom classes directed by fitness instructors from home during normal class times, Mitzel said.

“We will also continue to offer any and all programs and services that can meet the new standards,” CEO Dan Crocker said. “We will take stock of our staff who are available to serve on Monday and then determine how to redeploy our personnel beginning on Wednesday.”

The YMCA will reopen Dec. 2 if in compliance with state orders.

Allayana Darrow / Ashland Tidings Dawson Poland, Elliott Hardin and Addison Dinger play together at the YMCA Kids Club Thursday.