YMCA Opening Guidelines

member guidelines

phase 1 opening

To re-open our branches as quickly as possible while still keeping the safety of members and staff as our highest priority, we will adopt a Three-Phase Approach that will gradually return us to full operations.We are taking the following steps in Phase 1, which began on Wednesday, May 20. This phase will last long enough for us to test our systems and make any adjustments needed before moving to the next phase. Expect that to take between 1-4 weeks.

We have created these guidelines to align with recommendations from the CDC, Y-USA, health care professionals and local and state authorities. We understand that some members may not agree with every guideline. For the good of all, it is vital that everyone cooperate. Compliance is non-negotiable.

  • We are carving out a two-hour break in the middle of the day to allow for extra cleaning in our branches. We will not admit members into the Y during this time.
  • We will be open to active members only, age 13 and older. No guests, visitors or Nationwide Members will have access to our branches at this time. Children 12 and under may attend family swim time with their parents. See more information below. Children ages 10-12 who are on a Household Membership may work out with their parent under existing membership guidelines.
  • To enable us to manage the total number of members in the facility at any one time, we ask you to check in and check out at the Welcome Center. If you use a membership card or the app to check in, you will check in as usual at the bar code scanner. If you usually use the keypad, a Y staff member will punch in your number for you.
  • All members will be required to sign an updated waiver release form.
  • To allow access to as many members as possible, we ask that you manage your workout time efficiently. Where possible, please keep your visit to one hour. We ask you to limit time on cardio equipment to 30 minutes.
  • Everyone will receive a temperature check upon entering the Y. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be admitted into the Y.
  • You may see staff wearing PPE (personal protective equipment) appropriate to their jobs to protect themselves and you. Members are encouraged to adopt use of PPE you see important to your own safety. We will not require any specific PPE for member use, but encourage you to wear PPE depending on your comfort level and personal circumstance.
  • We have expanded our maintenance and cleaning staff, schedules and protocols to maximize sanitizing efforts throughout the building during our hours of operation, during the mid-day break, and when we are closed.
  • We have increased handwashing supplies and hand sanitizer stations and strongly encourage members to frequently and thoroughly wash and clean your hands.
  • We have re-arranged equipment and space to allow for CDC-recommended social distancing and expect all members to maintain a six-foot distance from other members while using the Y.
  • The following programs and amenities will NOT be available during this phase:
    • group fitness classes in the facility, personal training
    • KidZone
    • coffee service
    • steam room and sauna
    • basketball, pickleball, and volleyball
    • swim lessons
  • We will continue to offer virtual fitness classes and are beginning some outdoor fitness classes.
  • We have taken several steps to minimize your contact with frequently touched surfaces or items that cannot be sanitized:
    • We have removed some small fitness equipment.
    • We have removed magazines and literature throughout the building.
    • Our Lost & Found will be emptied each night.
    • Water fountains will be bottle-fill only.
    • All interior doors that can be propped open will remain open.
  • New members are welcome and can join online. We will not offer any in-person tours. See a virtual tour of the Bear Levin Studer Branch.
  • The pools will be open at both branches.
    • No reservations are required for pool use at either location. However, we will adhere to a maximum capacity at both locations. Aquatics staff will enforce these limits, so you may experience a wait time for pool use.
    • All slides will be closed during this phase.
    • At the Bear Levin Studer Y:
      • The Lap Pool will be available for lap swimming, with one open exercise lane. Maximum of 2 people per lane.
      • The Activity Pool will be available for family swim and open exercise. Maximum of 12 people at any one time.
      • We will not offer any water fitness classes or swim lessons at this time.
    • At the Pullum Y:
      • The lap area of the pool will be available for lap swimming, with one open exercise lane. Maximum of 2 people per lane.
      • The activity area of the pool will be available for family swim and open exercise. Maximum of 16 people at any one time.
      • We will offer water fitness beginning May 20. We are comfortable with our ability to keep this class safe, given that it's an outdoor pool. Check class schedules for details.
      • We will not offer swim lessons or swim team at this time.
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