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YMCA puts memberships on hold, won’t charge

All the city’s YMCA branches are closed, and probably will be for another month or maybe two, one would think.

So what becomes of Y memberships during that period — and maybe beyond, depending on when the pandemic finally peters out?

Basic monthly memberships are $109 for adults and $89 for seniors.

On Monday, The Village Sun asked the YMCA what its policy was. (Full disclosure, the editor was a member.) A spokesperson said they were, in fact, working on a message on this and would be sending it out soon.

And, indeed, on Wednesday, the Y sent an e-mail to members giving them the option of being “sustaining members” or having their memberships automatically put on hold.

Exercising at the McBurney Y in pre-coronavirus times. (Courtesy McBurney YMCA)

“Sustaining your membership during this time will ensure that the Y can provide essential services and will return strong and ready to serve you and our communities,” the e-mail said, adding to those who would do so, “Please know how deeply thankful we are for your partnership.

“For those who prefer not to pay membership dues while the gyms are closed,” the Y said, “We also understand that you may have financial obligations. If you don’t choose to sustain your membership, it will be placed on hold automatically. You don’t need to take any action.

“You’ll continue to have access to our YMCA @ Home content and connections. As soon as our Y’s reopen, your membership will automatically resume.”

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