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From Surviving to Thriving — Strategies for Success in a COVID-19 World


The coronavirus pandemic has been a rollercoaster ride to say the least. After several weeks of facility closures, many organizations were able to open their doors as early as May, and it appeared we might be through the worst of the virus. However, as the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. have increased again in recent weeks, many states have already begun forcing businesses, including community rec centers, to reclose their doors.

With the industry — and country — in such an unpredictable state, planning has to be done on a day-to-day basis, and facility operators have to prepare for the possibility of having to reclose their own doors.

To help you navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve assembled a panel of industry experts for a COVID-19 roundtable, brought to you by Lebert Fitness, to discuss strategies to help your facility thrive — not just survive — during this unprecedented period.

Topics include:

  • Setting your facility up for future success even in a difficult time.
    • Adjusting cleanliness, safety and distancing procedures based on state and county guidelines.
    • Communicating with members about changes in the facility — new hours, restricted programs, closures, etc.
    • Emphasizing the importance of your services in the community.
    • Getting involved on a local level — partnering with local businesses to pool resources/provide services, as well as advocate with policy-makers on behalf of your facility.
  • Preparing for a possible reclosure of your facility.
  • Bracing for the continued financial impact of the pandemic.


  • Chris Tointon, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Omaha
  • Art Krueger, director of The Wave Aquatic and Fitness Center
  • Todd Rockoff, president and CEO of the Tucson JCC
Bobby Dyer

Bobby is the former editor of Community Rec Magazine.

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