Coronavirus: Guelph Y opens washrooms, showers to long-haul truckers

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The YMCA-YWCA of Guelph says it is opening its doors to long-haul truck drivers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Truckers can use the washrooms and showers at the facility off of the Hanlon Expressway from 7 a.m to 10 a.m.

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“Hearing rest stops were closed to them and knowing we’re such a short distance from the 401, with both eastbound and westbound exits, it made sense to us,” CEO Geoff Vogt said.

“We’re relying on truck drivers to deliver our essential services [and] this is our way of providing them access to a clean and accessible space to take care of themselves as they work to provide for us.”
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The Guelph Y said it has worked with the local public health unit and numerous protocols are in place to protect the wellbeing and safety of staff and truckers.

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Only 15 truckers will be allowed in the facility at one time and only a limited number of showers and washrooms will be open.

“As a charity with a service mindset, the Y has a legacy of responding to community needs,” Vogt said. “Our Y has the facilities and the ability to meet the need of this particular group. It just makes sense that we would do so.”