COVID-19 Updates

Reopening Update

11/23/20 Boise Mask Mandate

In response to the City of Boise’s new enforcement efforts of the COVID-19 health order, we wanted to clarify our mask policies in our Boise City facilities to keep the YMCA open and avoid any forced closures.

  • Cardio Room/Area—Masks must be worn when not actively working out on equipment. This includes stretch mats, moving between equipment, and when setting up/cleaning equipment.
  • Weight Room/Area—Masks must be worn at all times, even when actively working out (this includes while on cardio equipment in the Downtown upstairs weight room).
  • STRIVE Room (Downtown Boise YMCA)—Masks must be worn at all times, even when actively working out.
  • Stretching Room/Area—Masks must be worn at all times.
  • Kid Zone/YAC—Masks must be worn at all times by all youth ages 2 and older.
  • Aquatic Center—Masks must be worn when not in the pool. Masks must be worn again upon exiting the pool.
  • Group Exercise Classes—Masks must be worn when entering and exiting class as well as setting up/cleaning equipment. Masks may be removed while actively exercising and 6 feet of physical distancing is maintained.
  • CrossFit—Masks must be worn when entering and exiting class. Masks may be removed while actively exercising and 6 feet of physical distancing is maintained.
  • Climbing Wall—Masks must be worn when feet are on the floor. Masks may be removed when climbing on the wall.
  • Locker rooms—Masks must be worn when not in showers. Please maintain at least 6 feet of physical distancing.
  • Basketball courtsTemporarily closed for basketball use starting November 30, 2020.
  • Racquetball/Pickleball courts—Masks must be worn when entering and exiting the court. Masks are not required while actively playing as long as physical distancing is being followed.
  • All other spaces (hallways, stairways, lobby)—Masks must be worn at all times and 6 feet of physical distancing must be observed whenever possible.

The Y opened its doors to members May 26, 2020, with a phased-in approach. Members will notice several changes in the facilities designed to increase safety, including cleaning protocols and physical distancing. Both members and staff will be asked to do wellness self-assessment before entering the facility. Those with symptoms are asked to please stay home.

Reopening guidelines. In addition to the weight and cardio rooms/areas at all four facilities, the walking/running tracks at West Boise and Caldwell, the following services/areas will reopen with new guidelines and requirements.

  • Adult and Youth/Family locker rooms, please maintain physical distancing.
  • Towel Service.
  • Group Ex Classes, with reduced capacity to allow for physical distancing. Sign-up for your favorite class ahead of time using our new online reservation portal ymcatvidaho.motionvibe.com. Please attend the use the time you sign up for. You may sign up for multiple sessions (exception is 2-hour Kid Zone time limit).
  • Basketball Courts, shoot around only at this time while maintaining physical distancing. Noonball is tentatively scheduled to open in the fall.
  • Pickleball & Racquetball courts, please maintain physical distancing.
  • Day & Sports Camps start! Summer Day Camps are the only programming allowing sign-ups for both members and non-members at this time. Additional protocols for these programs include health screening for all participants, limited camp sizes, and increased breaks for cleaning and washing hands. 
  • Recreation and Lap pools for lap swimming only. Learn about the new guidelines for our aquatic centers here. Reserve a lap lane ahead of time using our new online reservation portal ymcatvidaho.motionvibe.com. New pool hours:
    • Monday–Friday 5am–1pm | 3pm–7pm
    • Saturday 7am–12pm | 2pm–4pm
    • Sunday 12pm–4pm

Treasure Valley Family YMCA COVID-19 and Reopening FAQs

Members will notice several changes in the Y facilities designed to increase safety, including cleaning protocols and physical distancing. Both members and staff will be asked to do wellness self-assessment before entering the facility. Those with symptoms will be asked to stay home.

We have reopened the following areas and services:

  • Weight and cardio rooms/areas.
  • Group exercise classes, sign-up for your favorite class ahead of time using our online reservation portal ymcatvidaho.motionvibe.com
  • Lap swimming and water exercise classes, sign-up ahead of time using our online reservation portal ymcatvidaho.motionvibe.com
  • Swimming lessons. 
    • New pool hours:
      • Monday–Friday 5am–1pm | 3pm–7pm
      • Saturday 7am–12pm | 2pm–4pm
      • Sunday 12pm–4pm
  • Walking/running tracks.
  • Kid Zone (reservations required ymcatvidaho.motionvibe.com). 
  • Adult and Youth/Family locker rooms.
  • Towel service.
  • Basketball courts, shoot around only at this time while maintaining physical distancing. Noonball is tentatively scheduled to open in the fall.
  • Pickleball & Racquetball courts.
  • Day & Sports camps.

Lap swimming and group exercise classes now require reservations, please visit our schedule page for more information.

Phase 2 of our reopening includes the following areas.

  • Adult and Youth/Family locker rooms, please maintain physical distancing.
  • Towel Service.
  • Group Ex Classes, with reduced capacity to allow for physical distancing. Sign-up for your favorite class ahead of time using our new online reservation portal ymcatvidaho.motionvibe.com.
  • Basketball Courts, shoot around only at this time while maintaining physical distancing. Noonball is tentatively scheduled to open in the fall.
  • Pickleball & Racquetball courts, please maintain physical distancing.
  • Day & Sports Camps start! Summer Day Camps are the only programming allowing sign-ups for both members and non-members at this time. Additional protocols for these programs include health screening for all participants, limited camp sizes, and increased breaks for cleaning and washing hands.
  • Recreation and Lap pools for lap swimming only. Learn about the new guidelines for our aquatic centers here. Reserve a lap lane ahead of time using our new online reservation portal ymcatvidaho.motionvibe.com
    New pool hours:
    • Monday–Friday 5am–1pm | 3pm–7pm
    • Saturday 7am–12pm | 2pm–4pm
    • Sunday 12pm–4pm

Operating hours

 
Mon–Fri5am–9pm
(Masks required at all times from 2–3pm)
Sat7am–6pm
(Masks required at all times from 2–3pm)
Sun10am–6pm
(Masks required at all times from 2–3pm)
  • Train staff members on the latest CDC / national health and safety guidelines
  • Publish an updated member “Y code of conduct” as it relates to health and safety
  • Personal disinfectants (hand sanitizer and wipes) are readily available for everyone
  • Encourage all YMCA members to wear masks
  • Require all staff to wear masks, additionally, staff will wear gloves where applicable
  • Shorten the hours of YMCA facilities to allow extra time for cleaning
  • Daily overnight deep cleaning
  • Require members to sanitize equipment before and after use
  • Hire additional cleaning staff to sanitize equipment in between member use
  • Ask members to perform a wellness assessment prior to entry and to stay home if symptoms are present
  • Conduct temperature-checks for all youth program participants and prevent entry to anyone presenting a fever
  • Conduct temperature-checks for all staff and prevent entry to any presenting a fever
  • Shared water fountains are non-touch (water bottle sensor only)
  • Limit the number of participants in program areas and facility spaces
  • Establish physical distancing in all areas
  • Enable a no contact check-in process
  • Limit equipment usage to provide physical distancing (e.g. treadmills, weights)
  • Limit the number of people in the facility at one time
  • Control access to the facility through one entrance

During our closure, some of you opted to change your membership to inactive status, either as a sustaining member or an on-hold member. Now that we are reopening our doors please let us know if you are ready to become an active member again and visit our YMCA facilities. Please note: Only active members will have access to our facilities at this time.

For questions about your memberships, please email your home branch.
Caldwell YMCA | membcald@ymcatvidaho.org

Downtown Boise YMCA | membdt@ymcatvidaho.org
South Meridian YMCA | membs@ymcatvidaho.org
West Boise YMCA | membw@ymcatvidaho.org

The following areas and programs will be closed until a future phase:

  • Aquatic Center: Hot Tubs, Sauna/Steam Rooms, and Slides
  • Youth Activity Center (YAC), and Family Activity Center
  • Coffee Bar
  • In-Facility Healthy Living Center Programs 
  • We have established new facility and room capacities based on physical distancing. We will inform members when a space is full and may put them on a waiting list.
  • There are no longer daily limits to Member usage.
  • Facility use will be for members only (no guests or guest pass use at this time).
  • Only every other cardio equipment will be used.
  • We will reserve an hour each day specifically designed for members age 60 and over, disabled, or immunocompromised to access the Y.
  • Additional hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the building for member health and safety.
  • We will have increased signage throughout the building to encourage physical distancing (including designating one-way hallways and stairways), hand washing, and the disinfecting of equipment, along with other member guidelines.
  • All staff will have a temperature and wellness check before entering the facility.
  • All staff will be wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, including masks.
  • All members will be required to take a wellness self-assessment before entering the facility and we ask that you not enter the facility if symptoms are present.
  • Members can request a temperature check before entering the facility. If your temperature is 100.4 °F or higher, we ask that you not enter the facility.
  • Masks are required at our Downtown Boise, South Meridian, and West Boise facilities, following the mask order from Central District Health. We also recommend that all members wear masks at all facilities (and we will provide one for free at the front desk upon request).
  • Touchless check-in for all members.
  • Members must maintain a minimum of 6’ x 6’ sq. foot distance in all facility spaces.
  • Additional distancing may be required in the weight room and other movement-based locations.
  • Members must disinfect weight and cardio equipment before and after use.
  • Members must sanitize their hands before and after working out either by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or by using hand sanitizer.
  • Children under the age of 10 may not be left unattended in the building.

We recommend that all members wear masks (and we will provide one for free at the front desk upon request). We require masks in our Downtown Boise, South Meridian, and West Boise facilities following the mask order from Central District Health. Learn more here. We also require masks for anyone checking kids into Kid Zone and during our Vulnerable Populations hour each day. See here for details.

Because there remain significant needs the Y can help address we will continue with our Annual Fundraising Campaign in a fashion that doesn’t put anyone at risk. We can’t afford to not do it.

Please consider helping our community by making a donation to our Sustaining and Annual Fundraising Campaign today.

Messages from YMCA President & CEO

As we prepare to reopen on May 26, the YMCA is implementing the following safety protocols in an effort to reduce the health risks for members and staff. You can view the latest message from YMCA President & CEO, David Duro here.

  • May 14 CEO Update Transcript

Update Your Membership Preferences

During our closure, some of you opted to change your membership to inactive status, either as a sustaining member or an on-hold member. Now that we have reopened, please let us know if you are ready to become an active member again and visit our YMCA facilities. Please note: Only active members will have access to our facilities at this time.

For questions about your memberships, please email your home branch.
Caldwell YMCA | membcald@ymcatvidaho.org

Downtown Boise YMCA | membdt@ymcatvidaho.org
South Meridian YMCA | membs@ymcatvidaho.org
West Boise YMCA | membw@ymcatvidaho.org

Virtual Group Exercise Classes are continuing!

Stay healthy and connected with Group Exercise, brought to you by our YMCA Health and Well-being staff. Check it out HERE!

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