Workout Wednesday: Childcare back open at YMCA giving parents more options to workout

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BATON ROUGE, LA (BR-PROUD) – Busy parents who are watching kids at home can now squeeze in a workout. The YMCA reopened its child care services, but with some restrictions for safety.

As the state continues to loosen restrictions, the YMCA is also slowly getting back to full operation including child care.

“We are opening our Kidzone and we are super excited to get that going again,” said YMCA Personal Trainer Meredith Atterbery.

The Kidzone has been closed since March due to the pandemic, but is now back in business.

Atteberry said there are safety measures in place to make sure your children are safe.

“The biggest thing we’ve done is limit the number of children. We also try not to let any kids share equipment. So you think about crayons, it’s a very common thing for kids to share back-and-forth. You use the red and then I use the red. Now we sanitize our crayons in between the use of each kid.”

The Y also made changes to the Kidzone room itself.

“We did rearrange our Kidzone. We got rid of a lot of our toys and we got rid of pretty much everything that is fabric that is really hard to sanitize. So everything that’s left is pretty much plastic so we can sanitize everything,” said Atterbery.

Only six kids are allowed at a time. Atterbery said you will need to make a reservation before heading to the gym.

“You have to register in advance. That can be done online or over the phone.”

Atterbery said, like the rest of the state, the YMCA is excited to be one steps closer to full operation

“The big things we’ve heard from parents is that they need somewhere for their kids to go while they work out, so now that the Kidzone is open we’re ready for you come on in.”

For more information on the YMCA and their new guidelines click here.

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