After closing its facilities on March 17th due to safety concerns and Governor Ever’s stay-at-home order surrounding the spread of COVID-19, the Fond du Lac Family YMCA will reopen its doors on Monday, June 1st. The reopening will be conducted under the guidance of state and local health authorities and will take place in phases.

“The Fond du Lac Family YMCA has served the Fond du Lac area for more than 115 years, during which we have made it through many challenging times together, none perhaps as impactful for our community and our Y as this COVID crisis,” said JJ Raflik, CEO/Executive Director, Fond du Lac Family YMCA. “We are thrilled to begin reopening our facility, welcoming back our members and the community, and getting back to what we do best – helping everyone reach their full potential.”

In preparation for reopening, the Y has been following guidelines from health experts and local officials to ensure all components of the facility, including fitness equipment and areas, locker rooms, child care, studios, gymnasiums and office spaces, are cleaned and sanitized to meet the highest standards for hygiene and safety. The Y has also modified policies and programs to facilitate safe social/physical distancing practices.

“When the Y closed the facility in March, it was done to protect the health and well-being of all staff, volunteers, members and participants. As the Y now reopens, it is being done so with that same commitment to keeping everyone who enters the doors safe,” said Mike Hierl, Board President, Fond du Lac Family YMCA.  “The leadership staff of the Fond du Lac Family YMCA has done an excellent job laying out a phased reopen plan that aligns with and takes direction from the Wisconsin Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, as well as Fond du Lac County Health officials” said Hierl.

According to Raflik, the Y is finalizing the details of the first phase of reopening and more details will be shared in the coming weeks and will be available on the Y’s website at  “We are so excited to reopen our facilities to our community. More importantly, however, our Y has always been more than a building. Our Y is about people – people from all backgrounds and walks of life who come together to improve their lives, nurture their families and strengthen their community,” said Raflik. “We are so incredibly grateful to the people who have stood by us throughout these challenging times. You were here for your community when it needed it most, and we remain here for you.”

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