YMCA Opening Guidelines

member guidelines

beginning Monday, July 6

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 Phased Approach that will gradually return us to full operations. The following guidelines are in effect as of July 6.

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 from Gov. DeSantis, and Pensacola Mayor Robinson’s new mask order, the Y has updated its guidelines for mask wearing at our branches. 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. 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.
  • We are carving out a one-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.
  • 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.
  • Pickleball returns to the Bear Levin Studer Y, with two hours a day (Monday-Saturday) reserved for play. See Group Exercise schedule for details.
  • The following programs and amenities will NOT be available during this phase:
    • coffee service
    • steam room and sauna
    • basketball and volleyball
  • 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.


aquatics guidelines

The pools are open at both branches.

  • No reservations are required for pool use. We are operating pools at full capacity.
  • We are also operating the Roger Scott Pool and Hunter Pool at full capacity.
  • Swim lessons are back at both branches. 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 at your branch. Register online for lessons.
  • Water fitness classes are continuing at both branches. No reservations are required.
  • Master's Swim is ongoing at the Bear Levin Studer Y. Although we are not running swim team at the Pullum Y, we are offering a conditioning program. Private swim lessons have resumed as well.

group exercise guidelines

  • We are continuing a limited in-person group exercise schedule at both branches, with classes inside and outside. 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 worked hard to align our class schedule with KidZone for those members who need child care.
  • We will continue to offer virtual classes, both live and recorded, on demand. See schedule for virtual classes and join a class.


kidzone guidelines

  • KidZone will be available at both branches on the schedule posted here.
  • Parents are asked to limit their time to one hour 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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