YMCA Opening Guidelines

what to expect at your ymca right now

We will now be open continuously all day, including the 1-2 pm time slot.

Our top priority is the safety of members and staff. 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.

general membership guidelines

  • In keeping with statewide recommendations and city ordinances, members are expected to wear a face mask as they enter a branch, move around the Y before and after exercise, and as they leave the branch. When you arrive in a specific workout area, you may remove your mask while actively exercising and maintaining social distance of at least six feet from others. All staff will wear masks, except where specific job responsibilities make it unsafe to do so. For full details of the City of Pensacola order and exceptions, click here.
  • We will be open to active members only, age 13 and older, including Nationwide Members. No other guests or visitors will have access to our branches at this time. We do offer a Daily Membership of $15 - see details below. Children ages 10-12 who are on a Household Membership may work out with their parent under existing membership guidelines. Children 12 and under may visit KidZone and family swim time in line with our usual guidelines. See more details below.
  • If you use a membership card or the app to check in, you will check in at the Welcome Center as usual at the bar code scanner. If you usually use the keypad, a Y staff member will punch in your number for you.
  • To allow access to as many members as possible, we ask that you manage your workout time efficiently.
  • 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 dry sauna is open at the Bear Levin Studer Y. We will allow three people in the sauna at a time, with spots marked to maintain social distancing. The steam room is open, with four people allowed in at a time. Staff help monitor limits, but we need member cooperation. We must maintain safe practices to keep the sauna and steam room open.
  • Personal training is available at both branches. The Body Challenge is back at the Pullum Y and is coming to the Bear Levin Studer Branch this month.
  • Pickleball is available at both branches, with specific hours reserved for play. See branch schedules for details.
  • Basketball is available on a limited basis at both branches. One goal is available for a maximum of six shooters, with specific hours. Members must bring their own basketballs. See branch schedules for details.
  • Karate has returned to the Bear Levin Studer Y, with class size limits in place. Register online.
  • We are not offering a coffee service at either branch.
  • 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 are happy to give you a tour when you join. We have waived the usual Joiner's Fee.
  • We now offer Daily Membership for $15 per adult, which entitles you to all membership privileges for the day. If you choose to join within one week of choosing a daily, we will discount your first month by $15.


aquatics guidelines

  • No reservations are required for pool use.
  • Swim lessons continue at the Bear Levin Studer Branch. We have adjusted our swim lesson schedule to allow for the maximum number of children to participate while also keeping ratios low. See complete details on expectations for swim lessons. Register online for lessons.
  • Private swim lessons are available.
  • Water fitness classes continue downtown. No reservations are required.
  • The Pullum YMCA pool is closed for the season.

group exercise guidelines

  • We are offering in-person group exercise classes at both branches. Class attendance will be limited, and reservations are required. Reservations will open four days before a class meets.See schedule and make a reservation.
  • Our schedule will allow for staff cleaning and sanitizing of space and equipment between classes. We ask members to support our efforts by cleaning your equipment after use in classes as well.
  • We may limit the use of equipment, props, etc. for specific classes.
  • We have launched a new platform for our on-demand video workouts and virtual classes via Zoom. It's just the beginning, but we will continue to build content and engagement on this site as we move forward. This members-only service asks you to enter your check-in number - for most of you, a phone number, or the barcode printed on your membership card.Check it out here.

kidzone guidelines

  • KidZone will be available at both branches on the schedule posted here.
  • Parents may utilize the KidZone for two hours per day, per child. No reservation is needed.
  • We are following CDC recommendations on ratios of caregivers to children.
  • Our staff will be working continuously to clean and disinfect the space.
  • We have removed many toys and items that cannot easily be cleaned. Please bring only the essentials with your child. No outside toys; no food. A beverage in a sealed cup and diaper needs only, please.
  • KidZone check-in will be contactless.
  • Note that KidZone access is still included in Household Memberships and can be added to Adult Memberships for a nominal fee.
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