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YMCA of Rock River Valley prepares for phase four of state’s plan

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — For months the weight room at the SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA has sat empty. Starting Friday, that's going to change.

"We're super excited that phase four means that we are able to open up a little more," say YMCA Chief Operating Officer Trisha Tousant. "And hopefully this weight room will see more action."

The weight and cardio rooms will open up for limited capacity and members will be required to make a reservation.

"It also means our group fitness classes that have been running outside can move inside which is great so we don't have to cancel them for weather," says Tousant. "It also means they can be bigger."

Tousant says the size of those classes will be slightly bigger but will depend on certain size restrictions. For families looking to cool off, the Y has good news.

"We're going to offer some recreational swimming for families now," says Tousant. "We know that families have been desperate to get out and get active. Do things together do things that are fun."

Members should be ready for things to look and feel different.

"Almost all of our services will be by reservation. We want to make sure when someone shows up to use the Y, they don't get turned away because we're over capacity," says Tousant.

And while it won't be completely 100% back to normal, the Y is excited to offer members more choices on how to get active.

"Physical health, we're all being very cautious with the virus but our physical health is really important and for a lot of people it's suffered."

Members will also be required to wear a mask as the enter the facility and move to different areas of the site. They are not required to wear a mask while working out.

Here's more of what members need to know with the Y's opening plans:

The Northeast Family YMCA will open on June 26. Both Northeast and the SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA will offer reservations for cardio and weight room, lap swim, group fitness, pickleball, and racquetball (SAY only).The track at SAY will be open and does not require a reservation.

The Puri location will remain closed at this time due to capacity limitations.

Facility hours at both sites will remain M-F 6:00am-8:00pm (wellness center shut down from 1-2pm for cleaning) and Saturday 6:00am-2:00pm.

Cardio and weight room reservations will be available for 1 hour at a time. There is no limit to the number of reservations allowed.

45-minute lap lane reservations are available at both locations. Swim times are Mon-Sat 6:15am-2:00pm and Mon-Fri 4:15pm-7:00pm. Locker rooms will remain for swimmers only at this time.

We will utilize the Women's, Men's and Family locker rooms at both facilities.Drop-in child watch is closed at this time.

Youth Policy: Youth ages 0-9 for programs only. Youth ages 10-15 only under parent supervision. Ages 16 and over are allowed to be in the facility without an adult.

If you'd like to make a reservation - click here.

Mary Sugden

Mary Sugden is the Investigative Reporter at WREX. She joined the team in December 2014 as the evening producer. In 2015 she made the move to evening reporter before joining the 13 Investigates team in May of 2018.

She grew up in Woodstock, Illinois and graduated from Woodstock High School in 2009. Mary graduated with a degree in Journalism and Marketing from Loyola University Chicago in 2013.

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