When COVID first shut down most of Northern Virginia, I really missed my classes at the Y. I was exercised at home, but I really missed the community. I received a survey from the YMCA about any concerns about re-opening. They really listened. When it re-opened for limited activities, I went back to see what protocols had been put in place and if I felt comfortable there. I was completely impressed. Temperature checks for everyone at the entry door, hand sanitizer and wipes in every room, clearly marked 6-foot distances, clear and enforced rules on mask-wearing, one-way only entrance and exit, and constant cleaning. I feel much safer at the YMCA than I do at my workplace, so much so, I recently applied to become a substitute instructor. Again, all safety precautions were taken. I’m anxious to get started as part of the YMCA team that has managed to balance mission with safety. Talk to you soon.