Facilities implement several guidelines to safely allow exercise
Four-year-old Shea Terando of Oglesby couldn’t wait to get back to the pool.
Monday was her first day back at swimming lessons at the Illinois Valley YMCA in Peru. She had been signed up for March swimming lessons, but COVID-19 forced the location to close.
“She loves the water,” said her grandmother, Judy Terando of Peru, who took Shea to the Y.
Monday was the first day the Illinois Valley YMCA in Peru and the Mendota Area YMCA were open to members.
“It’s a really good program. I’ve always been really impressed with the lifeguards and teachers. The guards are like nothing I’ve ever seen. They’re so focused on what they’re doing, and I think they’re very impressive, and so are the teachers. The teachers are really good with them,” Terando said.
Erick Fuentes of Spring Valley used to exercise at the Y five to six days a week before COVID-19 forced the gym to close.
“It sucked, it really did,” he said about not getting to work out at the Y.
He still exercised while the Y was closed with running, jumping jacks, sit-ups, push-ups and using a punching bag. But “it’s just not the same,” he said, mentioning there are a lot of distractions at home.
He said figuring out a good schedule and good time to come to work out may be a concern in the future, because there is a capacity limit at the Y because of COVID-19 concerns.
Don Kosciewicz of Peru used to work out for two hours every day before COVID-19 closed the Y.
While the Y was closed, he said he did a lot of yardwork.
“I couldn’t wait to get back,” he said.
“It’s healthy, it’s fun, and you get to know a lot of people here at the Y,” said Rick Twanow of Spring Valley, who has used the Y regularly for 23 years. “We really, really missed it. We’re all glad to be back.”
Twanow mentioned visiting the Y is an important part of routine.
He said the members will be respecting the rules and regulations of the Y when it comes to COVID-19 restrictions.
Three-year-old Yuki Sakai of Peru was happily kicking his feet in the water with swimming instructors on Monday at swimming lessons.
His mother, Eri Sakai, said they plan to come twice a week for four weeks.
L-P students and basketball athletes John Riva of Peru, Dalton Znaniecki of Oglesby and Josh Hooker of Peru were back at the gym as well, playing basketball together on Monday afternoon.
Before COVID-19 shut the Y to the public, they used to come to the Y every day.
The Peru and Mendota facilities have several guidelines to safely and responsibly open the doors for exercise for the facilities’ Phase 1 plan. Some examples include wearing a mask into the building, must have a temperature check when entering the building and must use the many wipes and disinfection stations in all areas.
There are limits on the number of individuals in each area. Each area will be marked with a capacity number.
Social distancing is required. Lap swimming will require reservations.
For rules and regulations, call the Illinois Valley YMCA at 815-223-7904 and the Mendota Area YMCA at 815-538-2900.