This has been an unprecedented week as the situation with COVID-19 evolves.
Hamilton Public Health and leading health authorities world-wide are encouraging rigorous handwashing, social distancing and self-isolating when feeling unwell as methods of preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
Therefore, we have taken the necessary step to restrict our downtown facility at 75 MacNab to all but essential services until April 5, 2020. Over the next few weeks, visitors to YWCA Hamilton’s downtown site will be asked to sign in and take necessary safety precautions, such as using hand sanitizer and rigorous handwashing, to keep our residents safe.
Carole Anne’s Place, an overnight drop-in centre for women who are experiencing homelessness, and which was scheduled to close on March 31, will remain open until the end of April.
We have also taken the following steps to encourage social distancing and support the community in reducing the spread of COVID-19:
Closure of all Child Care programming at all Hamilton and Dunnville facilities from March 16 until April 5, 2020, including:
- Before and After School Care
- March Break Camps
- Full Day Child Care
Cancellation of Active Living Centre 55+ Special Event programming:
- Anniversary Coffee and Cake on March 17
- HPO Concert, Thai Lunch, Art Showcase on March 24
- Senior Women’s IWD Event on Thursday March 26
Cancellation of all Active Living Centre 55+ programming at 75 MacNab, Churchill and SAPP Fit at the Riverdale location from March 16 until April 5, 2020.
Closure of our Fitness Centre and all associated Health and Wellness programming until April 5, 2020.
Closure of our pool and cancellation of all Aquatics programming until April 5, 2020.
Cancellation of all Employment programming and classes, including the Employment Resource Centre, until April 5, 2020.
Suspension of Developmental Services CASS and Y’Art until April 5.
Suspension of Developmental Services Fee-for-Service Programs until April 5, including:
- March Break CREW
- Express Yourself
- Break A Sweat – Sports Edition
- Mindful Yoga
- Jewels and Gems
- RIGHT Relationships
- Kitchen Cook Off
- Recreation Committee Movie Night
Closure of the At the Table Café to the public until April 5, 2020. Programs that provide meals to our residents are still ongoing.
Paid program fees will be reimbursed for all the cancellations indicated above. We thank you for your cooperation as we continue to assess the situation.