Coronavirus: YMCA daycares in southwestern Ontario shut down until April 6

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The YMCA has temporarily closed all of its child care operations in southwestern Ontario amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

In an email sent to families registered in child care, the regional YMCA said, “we have made the decision to close all child care operations effective immediately and until April 6th.”

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“As we have various payment schedules in place for families, refunds may be processed as either payment cancellations or retroactive refunds,” the YMCA said.

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Families with immediate questions or concerns regarding the cancellations are advised to contact their child care director.

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The move follows a recent decision to cancel all March Break camps in southwestern Ontario.

The YMCA said additional updates will be posted to its website as well as relevant social media channels.

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