Program Safety Guidelines

General Guidelines

  • Time in the facilities is no longer limited.
  • Room capacities are limited. We will inform members when space is full.
  • Additional hand sanitizer stations are placed throughout the building for member health and safety.

Staff

  • All staff are required to wear masks* and have a temperature and wellness check before entering the building.
  • Additional cleaning staff are working all shifts to provide additional cleaning of weights, cardio equipment, railings, door handles, and other high-touch areas.
*some exceptions apply in aquatics facilities and in group exercise classes where barriers are present.

Members

  • All members are asked to take a wellness self-assessment before entering the facility. Those who have symptoms will be asked to stay home.
  • Members can request a temperature check before entering the facility. Those with temperatures of 100.4 or higher will be asked not to enter the facility.
  • We are strongly recommending that members and guests wear masks in YMCA facilities and programs regardless of vaccination status.
  • If you do not have a mask, we will continue to have masks available for you to use.
  • Member check-in is now touch-free.
  • Members are required to disinfect weight and cardio equipment before and after use.
  • Members are required to 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.

Aquatic Facility Guidelines

  • Please arrive with plenty of time to find parking, check-in at the front desk, and get to the pool deck in time for your reservation. The lifeguard desk will check all participants in and assign lanes for a lap swim.
  • Members with reservations for the following hour will be permitted on deck 5 minutes prior to the start of the reservation. Please wait in the locker room until this time.
  • Only swim equipment, a water bottle, and a towel are allowed on deck. Please leave all other belongings in a locker. We recommend putting your towel in a waterproof bag, as all belongings need to stay in a designated space by your lane.
  • Please shower prior to leaving the locker rooms and getting in the pool. There is a shower on each pool deck available if you forget but we prefer that you use the showers in the locker rooms.
  • When arriving on the pool deck, please check-in at the lifeguard desk to receive your lane assignment.
  • Those with ADA needs or who need assistance will be assigned lanes first.
  • No spectators, parents, or coaches are allowed on the pool deck unless accompanying a swimmer under the age of 10 and waiting in the designated physical distancing area. One parent/caretaker per swimmer.
  • Equipment such as kickboards pull buoys, barbells, and belts will be available for use. Please return equipment into the “used” bin at the end of your workout.
  • Reservations and classes will start at the :15-minute mark of each hour. Please exit the pool and deck promptly when the lifeguards blow the long whistle at the top of each hour so that the next group can access the pool deck in a timely manner.
  • The use of the starting blocks is not permitted at this time.
  • All swimmers under the age of 18 must pass a swim test for a green ribbon.

Youth Program Guidelines

Day Camp Safety Guidelines

  • All staff will perform a health screening at the beginning of each day and are required to wear masks*.
  • We are strongly recommending that members and guests members wear masks in YMCA facilities and programs regardless of vaccination status.
  • Health screenings will be performed with all campers at check-in.
  • Camp sizes will be limited and campers will stay with their designated group (there will be no opening ceremonies or group games).
  • There will be breaks for campers to wash hands before and after the program, every 30-minutes during the program, and after transitioning from one activity to another.
  • Program space will be cleaned and disinfected before and after each camp.
*some exceptions apply in aquatics facilities and in group exercise classes where barriers are present

Masks* 

  • Masks are required for participants of all youth programs 
  • Masks are required for parents/caretakers while picking up or dropping off a child for an indoor program while in the program area 
  • Masks are required for all individuals in the THRIVE Center and Family Adventure Zone (FAZ) at the Tomlinson South Meridian YMCA 
  • Masks are required for all individuals in the Youth Activity Centers (YAC) and Kid Zones 
  • Masks will not be required for spectators of Y youth sporting events while watching a game if they can physically distance (required in school buildings while walking to the gym, per school district requirement) 
  • Masks are highly recommended for youth and adults when in Y membership facilities and are required in the programs 
  • Physical Distancing of 6 ft. or more and all other Covid safety protocols should still be maintained at all possible times  
*Following are exceptions to the mask policy (masks not required): 
  • Outdoor activities 
  • Children under 3 in any program 
  • Climbing wall (while climbing) 
  • Any water-based aquatic program 
  • Basketball and volleyball while actively playing (mask required when youth sitting on the sideline) 
  • Open gym while actively playing 
  • Resident Camp while eating or in sleeping quarters

Youth Sports Safety Guidelines

The following guidelines have been developed to align with the mandates of Central District Health and recommendations of the CDC and are subject to change*.
  • All staff will perform a health screening at the beginning of each day and are required to wear masks*.
  • We are strongly recommending that members and guests members wear masks in YMCA facilities and programs regardless of vaccination status.
  • All staff will perform a health screening at the beginning of each day.
  • Health screenings will be performed with all players at check-in for practice and games.
  • All equipment will be washed or sanitized at halftime or between sets and after each game.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided for players to sanitize before, during, and after practice or gameplay.
  • Program space will be cleaned and disinfected before and after each day.
  • We are strongly recommending that staff and members wear masks in YMCA facilities and programs regardless of vaccination status.
*YMCA Youth Sports games will be held in a centralized location TBD before the start of the season and will adapt to any future changes in guidelines that the individual school districts may put in place. *some exceptions apply in aquatics facilities and in group exercise classes where barriers are present

Masks**

  • Masks are required for participants of all youth programs
  • Masks are required for parents/caretakers while picking up or dropping off a child for an indoor program while in the program area
  • Masks are required for all individuals in the THRIVE Center and Family Adventure Zone (FAZ) at the Tomlinson South Meridian YMCA
  • Masks are required for all individuals in the Youth Activity Centers (YAC) and Kid Zones
  • Masks will not be required for spectators of Y youth sporting events while watching a game if they can physically distance (required in school buildings while walking to the gym, per school district requirement)
  • Masks are highly recommended for youth and adults when in Y membership facilities and are required in the programs
  • Physical Distancing of 6 ft or more and all other COVID-19 safety protocols should still be maintained at all possible times
**Following are exceptions to the mask policy (masks not required): 
  • Outdoor activities
  • Children under 3 in any program
  • Climbing wall (while climbing)
  • Any water-based aquatic program
  • Basketball and volleyball while actively playing (mask required when youth sitting on the sideline)
  • Open gym while actively playing
  • Resident Camp while eating or in sleeping quarters