HOW WE ARE KEEPING OUR YMCA COMMUNITY SAFE
PHASE 5 GUIDELINES - EFFECTIVE FRIDAY, JUNE 11
Because the safety of our members, staff, and our community remains our top priority, we have implemented heightened cleaning practices using EPA-approved disinfectants to ensure our facilities meet the highest standards for hygiene and safety. We have also made modifications to our policies and programs to facilitate new safety and social distancing guidelines.
To maintain a healthy environment, all members and staff will be required to adhere to the following health and safety guidelines, effective Friday, June 11, when visiting our YMCA facility:
Masks and Face Coverings
In line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local, state, and federal health officials, Y members who are not fully vaccinated should wear masks or face coverings when visiting YMCA facilities. Fully vaccinated individuals who prefer to wear masks when visiting the Y are welcome and encouraged to do so.
Masks or face coverings will still be required for all children and counselors in summer day camp when indoors. Masks or face coverings will not be required for outdoor activities. The Y will continue to monitor for updates to childcare guidelines released by the state of Illinois.
Children and Y employees, who are not fully vaccinated, should wear a mask or face covering when participating in indoor sports camps, leagues, or classes. Masks or face coverings will not be required for outdoor activities.
PLEASE NOTE: YMCA programs held at offsite community locations and schools, including summer day camp and sports camp programs, will be required to follow mask guidelines set forth by the host locations. Additional information will be shared with offsite program participants in the coming days.
YMCA members will no longer be required to answer health screening questions upon entering YMCA facilities. We encourage members to refrain from visiting the YMCA if they are feeling unwell.
At this time, health screenings will still be required for children in summer day camp. The Y will continue to monitor for updates to childcare guidelines released by the state of Illinois.
Because our facilities will be returning to full capacity, members will no longer be required to make reservations to use the wellness centers, gyms, or pools. Reservations will still be required for group exercise and water fitness classes. Reservations will also still be required for high school and adult basketball at the C.W. Avery Family YMCA. Reservations can be made up to 24 hours in advance through the YMCA On the Go App, by calling the Y, or by visiting the Membership Desk.
To keep everyone healthy and safe, members are encouraged to continue to practice social distancing when visiting the YMCA.
ADDITIONAL OPERATIONAL UPDATES AND AMENITY CLOSURES
-Members will be encouraged to scan in using their key tag or cell phone at one of our self-check-in stations.
-We will limit use of our YMCA facility to members, program participants and guests of facility members until further notice. Daily Visits will not be honored during this time.
-Coffee service is currently unavailable at this time.
Kids Corner and Supervised Activity Center
Effective Monday, June 14, Kids Corner will once again be open to children, ages 6 months-7 years old. Per guidance from the state of Illinois, masks or face coverings should be worn by children, ages 2 and up, in Kids Corner.
Restrooms and Locker Rooms
-Restrooms and locker rooms will be open for member use. Members are asked to respect posted social distancing signs when using restrooms and locker rooms at the YMCA.
Sauna and Steam Room
Both the sauna and steam room will re-open for member use on Friday, June 11.
To ensure the well-being of our YMCA community, we will also be implementing additional safety precautions within a number of our programs, including YMCA Summer Day Camp. Additional information will be shared with registered participants. To find a full list of YMCA Summer Day Camp Health and Safety Guidelines, click here.
LET'S WORK TOGETHER
We ask for your continued cooperation as we work together to keep our members and staff safe and healthy. We want to keep our doors open for as many members as possible. Doing so means taking safety seriously. If you have any concerns or questions at any time during your visit, please speak to a member of our staff team.