YMCA Closed Until April 30

Press Release: March 30, 2020

The Orthman Community YMCA in Lexington, the Don Sjogren Community YMCA in Holdrege and YMCA at Gothenburg Health will close until April 30 due to concerns about COVID-19.

Board members at all three YMCA of the Prairie branches made the difficult decision in the past few days. The closing coincides with recently announced decisions by area schools to remain closed through April to slow any potential spread of the virus. If recommendations change and the YMCAs can open earlier than May 1, they will do so.

YMCA of the Prairie CEO Riley Gruntorad said it was a tough decision to extend the YMCA facility closings, but it was the responsible and right thing to do to keep the community, employees and members safe. The YMCA will work with local health authorities to reopen the buildings as soon as it is safely possible.

YMCA Covid-19 Information

Video Message about Closure from CEO Riley Gruntorad










Family Resources

The YMCA at Gothenburg Health will provide critical child care services for hospital staff.

The Don Sjogren Community YMCA will provide curbside craft kits each Wednesday at the HPS school lunch pick-up sites.

The Orthman Community YMCA will feature storytime each weekday at 10 a.m. on Facebook Live.

Storytime Link


Community Resources

The Orthman Community YMCA will lead community cruises on Sundays at 4 p.m. starting March 29. Click the photo for more details.




At-Home Workouts

The Y continues to be your support for health and wellbeing, wherever you are. Regular exercise is one component of a healthy lifestyle that can help reduce stress and prevent illness. Please follow your local branch’s Facebook page for information on livestreaming fitness classes offered. We also have a variety of at-home exercise options for members to use called YMCA 360. It includes everything from Bootcamp and Tai Chi to Youth Soccer drills and Youth Sports Development.

YMCA 360


Equipment Checkouts

The Don Sjogren Community YMCA is offering curbside equipment checkout. Just email your requests for jump ropes, dumbells, foam rollers and other equipment and you can use it at home for up to one week. Click the photo below for details.