Precautions & Frequently Asked Questions
We’re taking extra precautions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 in order to protect our members, community, and staff, including the following:
To align with social distancing precautions, we are working to maximize our spaces and minimize unnecessary contact between people. In order to reduce the number of people in the building, we are limiting building access to YMCA members and to those currently enrolled in programs effective immediately, through March 27. No day, guest, or community swim passes will be issued.
In the Health & Wellness area, we recommend using every other machine such as treadmills or elliptical equipment.
Cleanliness and hand-washing
The health and safety of our members and staff is our top priority. While we have always had daily cleansing procedures in place, we’ve educated our staff and are practicing additional hygiene and cleaning practices to ensure that our facilities remain safe.
We have increased our cleaning and sanitization by:
- Increasing the number of hand sanitizer stations throughout all our branches.
- Increasing routine environmental cleaning including using an innovative electrostatic sprayer with Total 360® Disinfectant Cleaner to deliver superior coverage, approved for virus similar to covid-19.
- Wipes provided in the fitness center are being switched to Performance Gym Wipes that will kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria in 15 seconds. (These wipes are bleach-free, benzyl-alcohol-free, citrus-free and phenal-free)
- Health and Wellness staff will be wiping down equipment hourly throughout the day
We encourage all members and our staff to follow these best practices to help keep yourself and others healthy:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick (Stay home for at least 24 hours after there are no signs of fever without the use of fever-reducing medication).
- Cover your cough, or sneeze, with a tissue; then throw the tissue in the trash. Wash hands or use hand sanitizer immediately.
- Use the disinfectant wipes available on the fitness floor to wipe down machines and equipment before and after each use.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is it safe to use the pool?
- According to the CDC, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs.
2. What cleaning products are you using?
- We use a range of commercial sanitizers that are antiviral and antibacterial. The spray bottles you commonly see in fitness areas, family programs, and member areas are mixed from a concentrate per the manufacturer’s instructions. We also provide an antibacterial soap for hand washing at sinks and hand sanitizer throughout our facilities.
3. How are you keep Kids Zone and family program areas safe?
- Soft toys with porous surfaces (like bean bag chairs and stuffed toys) that cannot be sprayed and wiped down will be removed from the floor until further notice.
- Staff are instructed to clean Big Toy surfaces, tables, and chairs hourly during program hours.
- Tables and chairs wiped down hourly (during program hours) using similar process.
4. How are you keeping fitness areas safe?
- We’ve implemented regular cleaning sweeps of public areas and program spaces using spray sanitizer and wiping down surfaces. You’ll see staff doing this across our branches throughout the day.
- Staff use antibacterial spray to wipe down the handles and surfaces on our cardio and strength equipment at least three times per day. We ask members and participants to help us keep the rest of our fitness areas safe by using easy to find antibacterial cleaners to clean stretching mats, hand weights, and other equipment before and after use.