Addressing COVID-19

Effective March 15th @ 6pm the Greater Peoria Family YMCA will be closed to members and guests through Tuesday, April 7th.  We are planning to open our doors again on April 8th.

All classes, activities, programs, or events (with the exception of childcare, ages 5-12) scheduled to be held during this closure window are canceled. The Central Park Pool will also be closed March 16th.
We want you to know that the Y is working in partnership with local health officials, school districts, and government agencies to continue to be a community resource and do our part to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  
Please understand that these plans are fluid and may change at any time.  Thank you for your patience.

What will be going on at the Y during this time?

The Greater Peoria Family YMCA is engaged in a variety of community outreach initiatives including: 
  • Senior Citizen Support – if you know of someone who may need help getting their groceries or prescriptions we may be able to help – please call 309-692-7631.
  • Meals for School Age Children – we are working with local school districts to provide healthy breakfast and lunch to children in our community who need them – this service is available at the YMCA, Monday – Friday, from 10am – 12:30pm.
  • Delivering Meals – in partnership with Neighborhood House’s Meals on Wheels program, YMCA staff will be helping to deliver meals around the Peoria community.
  • Childcare – We are providing childcare to the children of first responders/medical/essential staff.  Details and registration are below.

Childcare Information

The Greater Peoria Family YMCA will be providing childcare services to school age children (ages 5-12). This service is open to the public and will be available M-F, 6am-6pm from March 16th – April 7th.
  • Cost is $27/day for members & $37/day for non-members
  • Ages 5-12 only
  • If your child is sick or not feeling well, please keep them home. It will not only increase their chances of getting better sooner, it will decrease the chance of spreading germs.
  • Please plan on packing a lunch for your child.
  • Financial Assistance is Available
  • Space is limited


What can I do to help?

Hand washing remains the most effective method of preventing the spread of germs, including flu and coronavirus. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
Everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like coronavirus, include:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick until you’ve been free of fever for 24 hours.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough and shortness of breath, please stay home, rest, and contact your medical provider.
Additionally, we encourage you to regularly check the CDC’s website and the Illinois Department of Health for important updates and safety alerts.

Looking Ahead

The YMCA is a nonprofit organization that relies on your membership to provide services and financial assistance to those in need. This pandemic will no doubt have a financial impact on many, but because of your support we are able to continue to serve the changing needs of our community.
During this closure window we will continue to sanitize the YMCA in preparation for the return of our members. This situation is very fluid and our operations may change at any moment without prior notice.
Thank you for your patience as we work to keep the Greater Peoria Family YMCA and the Peoria Community healthy and safe.
T. Andrew Thornton
President & CEO
Greater Peoria Family YMCA
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