YMCA Reopening May 26th

The Y will reopen at 5am starting on Tuesday, May26th and memberships on hold due to COVID-19 will begin dues again in the month of June. With that being said, the Y environment you are used to will look different. Several state-mandated restrictions will be in place as well as increased cleaning and safety measures. It will be important, although lengthy, that you read carefully all of the information below. For the safety of our members and staff, as well as to comply with state-mandated requirements, the following must be adheared to by anyone coming to the Y. These may change as additional guidance is provided by the State of Ohio or if the State reduces restrictions.

 

  • For the safety of others, please consider wearing a mask in the facility, even if it's just to get to a group exercise class or workout area. If possible, please wear the mask the entire time you are at the Y.
  • While in the facility, a social distancing requirement of 6ft or more from other people in the facility will be enforced, including in locker rooms. If you must use a locker room, please limit your time to only what is necessary. The State of Ohio makes exceptions to this ONLY when staff instruction of a member or program participant makes this impossible.
  • Everyone entering the Y will be screened. There will be a short list of questions to answer verbally and you may request your temperature to be taken using a non-touch thermal thermometer. Anyone entering the facility will also be asked to sanitize their hands upon entering. Please stay home if you are not feeling well for any reason or have a fever.
  • Everyone entering the facility for thier first visit after we reopen will be required to sign a waiver. Please don't arrive more than 10 minutes prior to any class or program.
  • Capacity in the facility will be limited. You may have to wait until someone leaves before you are able to enter. Your patience and understanding to these state mandates are appreciated as we are required by law to abide by them.
  • No showers will be available. Please come to the Y ready to exercise/swim, leave anything not absolutely needed in your car, and only use the locker rooms if absolutely necessary.
  • The steam room and sauna will not be available per state requirements.
  • The gymnasium will be closed per state requirements and has been converted into group exercise areas.
  • The racquetball courts will be open but limited to 2 people per court.
  • Group exercise classes will have limited space and will be first come - first served.
  • Lap swimming will be restricted to a max of 2 people per lane. Be prepared to wait for a lane to open if there is no space. Aquatic exercise classes will be limited. There will be no open swim available per state requirements.
  • Televisions in the facility will not be able to be adjusted by members.
  • No equipment will be able to be checked out at the desk. Please bring your own racquetballs, racquets, etc. While we will supply equipment for group exercise, if possible, please bring your own equipment. Members using Y equipment for group exercise will be required to clean it before and after use.
  • Seating throughout most of the facility has been removed. No loitering or "hanging out" will be permitted per state requirements.
  • Members must clean any machines, weights, bars, dumbbells, etc. before and after use.
  • Drinking fountains will not be available, however our water bottle filling station will be. Please bring your own water or purchase a refillable water bottle at the front desk.
  • Day passes and guest passes will not be sold until a later date TBD.

 

Health and safety is always a priority for us and now is no exception. Additionally, we are encouraging everyone to do their part in helping prevent the spread of germs and viruses. We will be following state madates and doing our part to keep everyone safe. First; a reminder that no matter what cleaning we do, no matter what precautions we take and you take, everyone who interacts in a public setting takes a risk of exposure to any variety of viruses and germs. Here's what we are doing:

 

  • All staff will recieve training on COVID-19 prior to their first day of work.
  • We will conduct routine disinfection of high-contact surfaces using EPA approved disinfectants. Our goal is to disinfect all of these surfaces, restrooms, and locker rooms every two hours by brining in extra staff who do nothing but clean their entire shift.
  • We have added additional disinfectant spray bottles throughout the facilty for members to also clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces before/after they touch them.
  • We have added hand sanitizing stations throughout the facility in addition to the main entrance.
  • We have marked floors where possible to direct the flow of people through the facility.
  • We will conduct a deep cleaning of the facility at the close of business each day.
  • We will be setting up equipment for group exercise classes prior to class and allowing time in between classes for disinfecting. We will also be staggerig group exercise class start times to prevent large groups from entering the facility at any one given time.
  • We will limit the use of fans in the facility and have opened fresh air dampers on air handling systems per state recommendations.
  • We have disabled some day use lockers to promote social distancing.
  • We have evaluated and upgraded our process for the handling and cleaning of towels to ensure that seperate bins are used for soiled versus clean towels, ensured that the washing machine and dryer we use get to an appropriate temperature, ensure that bleach is used in addition to laundry detergent, and that employees handling towels have masks and gloves.
  • We are requiring our staff to wear masks unless doing so is unsanitary or unsafe.
  • We are screening all employees, including their temperature, each time they report for work.
  • We have established procedures to handle any potential exposure to our members or employees.

 

Visit our website and check our social media pages often for updates to pool and group exercise schedules moving forward, as well as programs as we slowly bring them back in a safe and responsible manner.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this email and help us keep everyone safe while we begin to reopen. We've missed you at the Y and look forward to seeing you soon.