Program Safety Guidelines

General Guidelines

  • Time in the facilities is no longer limited.
  • Select cardio and weight equipment are out of operation to increase physical distancing.
  • Room capacities are limited based on physical distancing guidelines. We will inform members when space is full.
  • Additional hand sanitizer stations are placed throughout the building for member health and safety.
  • Physical distancing protocols include one-way hallways and stairways, required hand washing, and the disinfecting of equipment.


  • All staff have a temperature and wellness check before entering the building.
  • All staff are required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment, including masks.
  • Additional cleaning staff are working all shifts to provide additional cleaning of weights, cardio equipment, railings, door handles, and other high touch areas.


  • 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.
  • Masks are required at the Downtown Boise YMCA, South Meridian YMCA, and West Boise YMCA and recommended at the Caldwell YMCA. Disposable masks are available at the front desk for $1.
  • Member check-in is now touch-free. 
  • Members are required to maintain a minimum of 6 x 6 square foot distance in all facility spaces.
  • 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

  • Each member may reserve personal lane time up to five times per week. The week runs from Sunday–Saturday.
  • 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.
  • Lanes will alternate ends of the pool for starting, resting, and stopping your workout.
  • Those with ADA needs or who need assistance will be assigned lanes first.
  • Foot traffic on the pool deck is one direction only. Please follow the directional arrows as you enter and exit the facility.
  • 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.
  • The hot tub is closed.
  • 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 will be required to wear face masks.
  • 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.

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 will be required to wear face masks.
  • 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.
  • Parents/Guardians will be required to wear a mask when attending games and practices in accordance with CDH mandates for Ada County.
  • Players will be required to wear masks when not actively participating on the court or field, including on the sidelines.
  • CDH guidelines for Ada County currently restrict groups to 50 or less. At this time, each player will be only allowed one parent/guardian to attend practices and games.
*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.