PARIS, Ky. (LEX 18) — For over 100 years the YMCA in Bourbon County has been more than just a gym for its over 4,000 members; they provide healthcare, childcare, and education.
On June 1, they will reopen, but CEO Drew Beckett says things will be very different. Staff will be wearing masks and monitoring the number of people that come in and out.
"It's going to look very different, we have 33 percent capacity for the building and if you've noticed every room you walk into we have posted that capacity, we are also going to have a staff member at every door," Beckett said.
They won't be able to provide many of the services they normally do, like kids camps, childcare and open swim. Their indoor pool will be open for lap swimming and their outdoor pool will be closed for the summer currently.
"It will be a huge hit for us. That's just the honest answer," Beckett said. "We run a large summer camp, our pool most years are packed our board likes to joke you couldn't even fit a few more people in, it's going to be a very different normal for us this summer."
Hours will also be reduced to 7 A.M to 7 P.M, and they will be closing throughout the day to clean, from 10 to 12 they will be open to people who are considered at higher risk or over 60 years old.
During the past two months while they've been closed they have been holding daycare for children of first responders, they are watching about 60 kids a day.
They ask their members to be patient during this transition time, because they may have to turn people away once they reach capacity.