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Now that Schools are Closing PLEASE Close the YMCA

Uploaded: Mar 14, 2020
Very happy to hear yesterday that all Santa Clara district schools will be closing. This is a very prudent step and I'm sure we all support that decision.
But yesterday the YMCA sent out an email to members stating they intend to keep facilities open because "We have a large member base across Silicon Valley that depends on our Y as an important part of their healthy living routine." To me this is exactly the reason it should be closed immediately. The risk is that there is a chance that there are members in that large member base across the valley who may have been exposed to the virus, come in contact to someone who has it, and possibly have already infected or could infect other members at the Y. The email also asked "Hi risk individuals" to stay away. Asking folks, for many of whom English is not their first language, to self-police and realize they themselves are high risk individuals is asking a lot. Is that to be interpreted as High Risk to get the virus, or high risk to spread it?
Please YMCA, reconsider and get ahead of this. Even a day delay can be consequential. I'm not a doctor but would strongly recommend seniors and those with compromised immune systems to avail themselves of the online exercise classes you can link to from the YMCA email and stay away from the Y until things calm down. If you agree the Y should shut down for now please comment to show your support. Or if you have an argument to make to keep it open please let's hear your viewpoint.
We need your support now more than ever. Can we count on you?

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Posted by Boho, a resident of Green Acres,
on Mar 15, 2020 at 3:59 pm

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Yes, shutting off all human contact is the only reasonable way to go in these uncertain times. This would also mean that Palo Alto Online will be shuttered for the foreseeable future unless the no human contact rules can be avoided.


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Posted by Max Greenberg, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Mar 15, 2020 at 4:17 pm

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Boho - I don't think anyone was advocating shutting off all human contact, but I get your point that the sky isn't falling in. The Governor just asked folks 65 or older and those with compromised immune systems to self- isolate. I think that's prudent. This thing can get out of hand very quickly. And there are a lot of seniors who use the Y.


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Posted by Boho, a resident of Green Acres,
on Mar 16, 2020 at 4:55 pm

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The Governor asked high risk individuals to self-isolate, the Y asked "Hi risk individuals" to stay away. It's the same thing. Your article called for the entire operation to be shut down.


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Posted by Max Greenberg, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Mar 16, 2020 at 5:03 pm

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Boho - this is the announcement made today that goes into effect at midnight tonight Monday 3/16/2020:

Bay Area residents ordered to stay home, starting Tuesday.

It's for everyone, not just seniors and hi risk individuals.


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Posted by porter, a resident of Midtown,
on Mar 20, 2020 at 12:31 pm

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The local YMCA is very much closed for the interim.


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