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Y shuts its doors for now

Tuesday, 24th March, 2020

(Back left) YMCA’s Brenton Hurley, Anthea Booth, Cheryl Day and (front) Jacinta Simmons as they prepare to shut their doors. PICTURE: Emily McInerney (Back left) YMCA’s Brenton Hurley, Anthea Booth, Cheryl Day and (front) Jacinta Simmons as they prepare to shut their doors. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

The YMCA Integrated Wellness Centre and Regional Aquatic Centre closed at midday yesterday and will remain so under the government’s new rules.

YMCA Integrated Wellness Centre manager Jacinta Simmons said they had to close after the prime minister announced that gyms and pools would now be closed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“Unfortunately, it is out of our control - but we need to do it to keep staff, our members and the community safe,” she said.

“All memberships, PT payments and swimming lessons payments will be automatically put on hold. 

“If something happens and you need to call the centre; all calls will be diverted to my phone.”

Jacinta said she is upset and feels for her staff, but they were holding it together well.

“I feel for these guys; we have 120 staff and our doors are closed. 

“But they are doing pretty good, in our group chat - someone said ‘let’s talk about all the good times’ and we were seeing photos and great memories from the staff.

“They have been incredible.

“They are staying strong for each other, I am so proud of them. They could have taken this many different ways.”

She said the tenants in the YMCA Wellness Centre will stay there.

“It’s a big day for the town, please Broken Hill stay safe, stay strong for each other, your families and our community,” she said.

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