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Staying Healthy at the YWCA: Our Response to COVID-19

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COVID-19

Updated March 24, 2020 

To our valued YWCA community, 

With the evolving situation of COVID-19, we wanted to update you on measures YWCA Metro Vancouver is taking to ensure the health and safety of our program participants, clients, members, guests, staff and volunteers. 

As an organization that provides critical services to vulnerable people in our community, we are mobilizing to find the right balance between responsibility to the people we serve and caution to keep our community safe. We are closely monitoring all advice and recommendations from provincial and federal health authorities. 

We want to thank everyone for their ongoing cooperation to keep themselves and others in our community safe and healthy.    

For the latest updates and advice, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website 

YWCA METRO VANCOUVER’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19, AS OF MARCH 24

Closures: 
  • YWCA Health and Fitness Centre has temporarily closed from March 17, until further notice

  • YWCA's four child care centres have temporarily closed from March 23, until further notice. 

  • We will reopen facilities as soon as it is again safe to do so and will keep the community updated in reopeneing plans.

Changes to service: 
  • All upcoming workshops, group gatherings, meetings and events have been cancelled, postponed or moved to virtual and online hosting. Participants are being contacted directly with information.  

  • Our employment centres have made the decision, in line with the recommendations from the BC Centre for Disease Control, to temporarily provide services only through phone, email and online channels effective March 18.

  • Our YWCA Hotel is working hard to find the right balance between responsibility to our guests and caution to keep our staff and community safe. Considering this, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend new bookings effective March 23, until further notice.

Cancellations / postponements: 
  • All upcoming workshops, group gatherings, meetings and events have been cancelled, postponed or moved to virtual and online hosting. Participants have been/will be contacted directly. 

  • The Women of Distinction Awards scheduled for May 11, 2020 has been postponed. We are working to find a date later in the year and will keep our community updated.  

Travel advisories: 
  • In line with provincial and federal advice, we are advising the YWCA community to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada and/or to return to Canada as soon as possible if currently traveling. 

  • We are also requiring all YWCA staff, volunteers and clients to stay home and self-isolate for the recommended 14-day period upon returning from any international destination.  

  • For more information, please see the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) travel advice 

Social distancing: 
  • We are advising the YWCA community to practice social distancing. This includes working from home if possible, adjusting services to allow for social distancing and cancelling and postponing events where necessary.  

  • If you develop ANY symptoms, the BC Government is advising people to immediately self-isolate and self-assess. Testing for Covid-19 will be prioritized for vulnerable people. For more information, please read the BC Centre for Disease Control advice on Testing and Isolation 

  • For more information, please read PHAC’s advice 

Response Team: 
  • We have formed a COVID-19 Response Team of YWCA staff which is closely monitoring the situation and taking guidance from international, national, provincial and local health authorities.  

  • This response team is ensuring recommendations and advice are implemented and shared throughout the YWCA community and is also on call to respond to any changes in the situation and adjust services as and when needed.   

THANK YOU  

We recognize this is a constantly evolving situation and we are committed to keeping our community informed on the latest advice and guidance from public health agencies.   

We want to thank everyone for their ongoing cooperation to keep themselves and others in our community safe and healthy.    

For the latest updates and advice, please visit PHAC’s website 

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