La Crosse Area YMCA announces new mask policy

Effective Monday, November 23rd

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)– The La Crosse area YMCA is taking another step to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The new policy goes into effect on Monday, November 23rd, at every location, and without exception. In a e-mail sent Thursday,  CEO Bill Soper thanked members for their support, but said the Y needs to do more. Soper is asking members have to work with staff in order to keep the YMCA open.

There are no exemptions under the new policy. Members 5 and older will be required to wear a mask even if they meet the CDC or state mask exemptions.

Soper says the pandemic has been financially devastating for the Y family. It was one of the many businesses shut down under Governor Evers’ safer at home order. The La Crosse area YMCA re-opened in June. Soper wants to stay open and avoid what’s happening in Minnesota. Due to rising COVID-19 cases, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced this week fitness facilities are being forced to close again.

The new La Crosse area mask policy will be evaluated every 30 days. Adjustments will be made based on changing community needs. Members who don’t follow the policy will get a warning.
If they don’t comply they will be asked for leave for the day.  Members who consistently refuse to wear a mask will need to cancel their membership. They will be allowed to rejoin when they agree to wear a mask or when the policy changes.