Update to the Mask Policy within the YMCA

Update for Staff working with children 12 and under

(Effective Friday, Feb., 25)

With the recent decision by the Frederick County Board of Education to make masks optional across all FCPS schools, we wanted to communicate with you how that affects YMCA employees. 

As of now, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), has not issued a change to their mask regulations. As such, all staff in an MSDE accredited program (the YMCA Early Learning Center (ELC), Before and After School Enrichment (BASE)  program, and Head Start preschool program) WILL BE required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.

Any YMCA employee working with children age 12 and under in a non-MSDE accredited program (Fun Zone, youth sports, etc) WILL NOT be required to wear a mask if they are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated staff will still be required to wear a mask regardless of program or position. 

In this time of ever-changing rules and regulations, we thank you for your patience. We are in regular communication with  MSDE to ensure we are following all policies and will communicate with you if anything changes. 

Mask Policy Update

(Effective 2/12/22)

Saturday, Feb. 12, the Frederick County Department of Health lifted the mask mandate for Frederick County. As such masks are not required but recommended. We recognize that some people may choose to continue to wear masks for a variety of reasons. We support everyone that walks through our doors in their personal choice.

  • Masks are optional for those fully vaccinated.
  • Masks are required inside for those not fully vaccinated including staff.
  • Masks are required for all staff working with children under age 12.
  • MSDE regulated childcare (ELC and BASE) requires masks for children age 5+ and staff.
  • Children between the ages of 2 and 5 are recommended to wear masks if they are able to do so properly.

All are encouraged to continue taking steps to reduce the spread of illness in our community, such as getting vaccinated and boosted, keeping your distance, and frequently and thoroughly washing your hands.