YMCA Reopens After Shutdown, Gearing Up for 11th Annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

After closing its facility on March 17, the Greater Scranton YMCA will reopen to members on today (July 1) as part of phase one of the facility’s three phase reopening plan. To date, the Y has reopened the Early Learning Center, Summer Day Camp and Pool A. The facility will be limited to 50 percent capacity.

Beginning July 1, the Greater Scranton YMCA will operate on limited hours: Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (on July 4, the facility will open from 8 a.m. – noon.).  

Open areas will include: Cardio and strength areas with significant restrictions on capacity and activities, daily child care (separated from general membership), Pool A (lane reservations required), gym for individual workouts only and the Universal Locker Room (bathrooms will be accessible, showers in private rooms will be closed). Only no touch bottle filling will be available (water fountains closed).

Closed areas will include: Lobby areas (seating will be removed), all group exercise rooms and group activities, adult men’s and women’s locker rooms, steam rooms, saunas, whirlpools, child watch area for members and the racquetball courts. Towels and equipment usage (i.e. basketballs, racquets and balls, etc.) will not be provided.

The Greater Scranton YMCA will mandate rigid social/physical distancing practices and policies (equipment will be spaced to maintain appropriate social distance). Hand sanitizer will be placed throughout the building and the facility and equipment will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected daily (before opening, after closing each day and throughout the day). 

All staff is required to wear PPE (i.e. masks, gloves in certain areas) and members are required to wear a mask in the facility, unless otherwise posted. Staff, members and vendors temperatures will be checked upon entry. Any individual who displays any symptom of an illness may not enter the building. 

For additional information and important details about phase one of the Greater Scranton YMCA’s three phase reopening plan, please visit the Y’s website.

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The Greater Scranton YMCA will participate in the 11th annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, an event designed to build awareness and generate local and national press attention about the vital importance of teaching kids to swim to help prevent drowning. The event will be held on July 16 from 4:30 to 5 p.m. at its facility at 706 N. Blakely St., Dunmore.

To ensure for proper social distancing, the program is limited to the first 25 children who register. The program is free and open to Greater Scranton YMCA members and non-members ages 3-11. Registration will open on Wednesday, July 1. To register, visit www.greaterscrantonymca.org

Participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning among children ages 1-4 by up to 88 percent. Learning to swim is a life-saving skill that every person should learn no matter their age. 

Through participating in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, the Greater Scranton YMCA hopes to do its part in putting an end to drowning, the leading cause of accidental death for kids ages 1-4 worldwide, by spreading the word Swimming Lessons Save Lives™. 

For more information, contact Ken Brewster, Aquatics Director, Greater Scranton YMCA, at (570) 828-3112 or kbrewster@greaterscrantonymca.org. 

 

County Makes Changes to Arts and Culture Programs Due to COVID-19

lacka coThe Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department will be redesigning its programming for the remainder of the year due to the COVID-19 crisis to ensure the safety of the public. 

Upcoming summer programs including The Scrantastic Spectacular on July 3, Art in the Park series and ARTS Engage! Day at the Electric City Trolley Museum have all been cancelled along with the 3 on 3 tournament.  Swimming at our parks’ pool and lakes is prohibited.  

Although options may be explored depending on recommendations from the CDC and state, fall and winter events, including the annual Wake Up With the Arts Breakfast and the Winter Market, have also been cancelled. The Trolley Museum is currently not open to the public or offering trolley rides.  The museum will follow the official guidelines regarding reopening.

To support local artists and creative local businesses during this time, the County along with Anthracite Events is launching the “NEPA Artists, Creators and Small Business Showcase” today.  It will run seasonally through December with the intent to create an online space to make shopping locally easier for the public.  Applications are now open and can be found atwww.lackawanamarkets.com.   

The County is currently running its Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Live! series every Wednesday from 7-9 pm, featuring local artists and other cultural producers, through today.

To stay updated on future Lackawanna County Arts and Culture programming during the pandemic, follow the Department on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or contact the office at arts-culture@lackawannacounty.org.

Dunmore Business Receive County Relief Grants During COVID Crisis

Dunmore businesses that are recipients of $2,500 Business Relief Grants from Lackawanna County include: Tiddlywinks Boutique, JAJI Inc., Gold Crown Pizza, Coviello’s Diner, and Nanny’s Eye Care for Kids PC, Caradan Inc., Colarusso Dunmore, Inc., JNJ Painting and More, John W. Farris Roofing & Siding, MJ Cordaro Electric Co. Inc.

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Other recipients in the county include: Hammerjax, Clifton Township; Nolan and Rogers, Keen’s Floral Factory Outlet Inc., Auto Bahn Title and Tag, Jeff D’Angelo Design Group, Scranton Running Company, 8 Count Dancewear, Davis Tires, Ipanema Grille; Paul Barely LLC/Adezzo Coffee Shop, AMPP Ideas/dba On and On, Hearing Specialties of NEPA, Symmetry Studio Partnership, Dunn’s Taverå Inc., Sharon’s Place, Vito Chiropractic, Williams Bakery, Soko Investments LLC dba as Sky Auto Sales, The Bog, Electric City Escape LLC, Industrial Electronics Inc., Frank A. Mazzeo, Esq., 536 Spruce Corp t/z Osaka Restaurant, Tunis Bridal Shoppe, White House Steak and Deli Inc., South Side Floral Shop, all of Scranton.Also,  Kay’s Pizza, Carbondale Township; Balance Pediatrics Inc., Tri-Star Academy, Jermyn; Sunshine Director/Acme Travel Company, LTD, MBC Solutions LLC, and Ranae’s Salon, AJ’s Lounge, Montage Landscraping Inc., Moosic; Marciano Contracting, Waverly; Dooley’s Pub and Eatery and Bloomin’ Idiots Floral and Garden Center, Ed Scoda Plumbing, Heating and Air, Old Forge, Frankie Carll Productions, Utopia Spa & Wellness, Inc., Clarks Summit; New Day Technologies, Vincent Possanza, OD, Furnish ABC Inc., Feel Good Motors, Ruchinski Enterprises, Dickson City, Mariano’s Cucina LLC, Caverna, The Eatery by Jessica, all of Jessup; Daniel J. Sullivan DDS, PC, Moscow.Also, Pinky’s Family Restaurant, The Cutting Crew, ScorpCorp (AJs Inn), and Fit AF, Nick’s Excavating and Construction, Champions Lounge t/a Bowling Enterprise, all of Carbondale; A Perfect 10 Hair and Nail Salon, La Plume; Magdon Music, Olyphant; The Training Loft, LLC, and Visions Personal Fitness dba Birchwood Fitness, City Limits Hair Studio, Ado Salon LLC, OHora Silk Screening, South Abington Township; Magnum Screening, Club 119, Inc., The Kimmy, Superior Care Pharmacy dba Medicap, Olyphant; RJA Company, Jefferson Township; House of Style by Kim, Lavender Goose, Capra Collina Winery, Fountain of Youth by Kim, TVR Inc., all of Blakely; Lonesome Road Archery, Taylor; Sweda Advertising LLC, Summit Frameworks, Clarks Green; Golden Karat Jewelry Store LLC, Mayfield; Fromert Custom Woodworking Inc., Madison Township.