YMCA tightens COVID-19 restrictions at Brockville, Kingston facilities

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The YMCA of Eastern Ontario says it will tighten restrictions at its facilities in both Brockville and Kingston starting Monday as a way to curb the spread of COVID-19. 

While no official announcement has been made by the province, a statement from YMCA of Eastern Ontario CEO Rob Adams on Thursday said health officials expected Kingston to be downgraded from their current green status in the province's colour-coded COVID-19 framework. 

He said Kingston is expected to move to the 'yellow-protect' level, which would mean a limit of 10 people indoors and 25 people outside, among other restrictions at both facilities. 

"Based on the information from our medical officer of health that Kingston is expected to be re-classified to yellow zone measures, our facilities will be implementing those precautions as of Monday, Nov. 23," Adams said in a statement. 

The YMCA facilities in both Brockville and Kingston will continue to accept only those who live in the area but will now limit spaces and capacity at the facility. No day passes will be sold as well. 

"Because of the additional spacing requirements, we will be adapting our classes and updating our schedules," Adams said. 

"We want to continue to provide a positive experience for everyone who comes to the Y."

The YMCA re-opened in both cities on Sept. 1 with extra protocols in place and Adams said new signage will be installed this weekend to remind residents of the more stringent requirements.