Coronavirus Results In 700 Layoffs At Kettle Moraine YMCA

Scott Anderson

This article originally appeared on the Port Washington-Saukville Patch

PORT WASHINGTON, WI — The new coronavirus public health emergency has forced the closure of the Kettle Moraine YMCA branches and has resulted in the layoff of 700 employees on a temporary basis.

The YMCA's child care centers remain open, officials said.

According to a mass-layoff notice submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the Kettle Moraine YMCA, with branches located in West Bend and Port Washingotn said they're temporarily closing their fitness centers due to the coronavirus public health emergency.

YMCA officials said the closures are resulting in the layoff of 660 part-time "low-hour" workers and 40 full-time workers.

On March 17, YMCA officials announced they were closing until April 12.

Despite the closures, YMCA officials said their Full Day Child Care Centers and School Age programs will remain open. This includes all of the full day child care centers including those in local branches. Officials said they will also continue to offer our School Age Kids Day Out program at the West Bend branch and Parkside Community United Church of Christ in Saukville.

"The health of our members, guests, and staff is our highest priority. Per Governor Evers' request, we will be closing all Kettle Moraine YMCA branches effective Tuesday, March 17 at 5 p.m. We feel it is our responsibility to do everything in our power to help prevent the spread and flatten the curve of the COVID-19 virus," officials said.