Welcome Back, YMCA Members! Thank you for staying with us.
As we plan for a phased reopening of our YMCA facility, we want to provide an overview of what you can expect when you return back home to the Y. Please take a few minutes to watch the video below and review our updated health and safety guidelines.
HOW WE ARE KEEPING OUR YMCA COMMUNITY SAFE
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 when visiting our YMCA facility:
Required Health Screenings
Upon entering the YMCA, both members and staff will be required to answer 5 health screening questions:
1. Have you or anyone in your household traveled to another country in the last 14 days?
2. Have you been in contact with someone under investigation for, or with a confirmed case of, COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
3. Have you or a family member in your household been instructed to self-quarantine?
4. In the last 3 days, have you experienced a fever of 100.4 or higher?
5. Are you currently experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19?
For the safety and well-being of our YMCA community, anyone who answers YES to any of the above questions will not be permitted to visit the YMCA on that day.
Continuous Social Distancing
Both members and staff will be required to practice social distancing and wear a mask or face covering when visiting the Y. Members should plan to have a mask or face covering with them at all times, and will be expected to wear it at the Y when not exercising or using the pool.
Frequent Handwashing and Sanitizing
Members and staff will be asked to help prevent the spread of germs by washing their hands upon entering any YMCA facility. For your convenience, we have installed additional hand sanitizers throughout our YMCA.
Required Equipment Wipedown
When using the wellness
center, please remember to
wipe down equipment
before and after use with
the EPA-approved disinfectant
we have provided.
To allow for social distancing,
some equipment in our
wellness center may be
Limiting Class Sizes and Room Capacities
To ensure members can safely
practice social distancing while
visiting the YMCA, we will
temporarily be limiting the
number of people allowed in YMCA classes, programs, and spaces.
ADDITIONAL OPERATIONAL UPDATES AND AMENITY CLOSURES
In accordance with guidance from local, state, and federal public health officials and to keep our YMCA community healthy and safe, we will be implementing additional temporary operational and program changes at the Y.
-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 and program participants only until further notice. Guest passes and Daily Visits will not be honored during this time.
-A parent/guardian must be present when members, ages 12 and younger, are answering the required health screening questions when checking in to the YMCA.
-We will be processing digital and contactless payments. Only credit cards and EFT payments from checking accounts will be accepted; no cash.
-Coffee service will not be available.
-Members are encouraged to bring a water bottle from home, as water fountains will be closed. Bottle fill-up stations will remain open.
Kids Corner and Activity Center
-Kids and staff in both Kids Corner and the Activity Center will be required to wear masks or face coverings at all times.
-To ensure the safety of members and staff and to provide time for additional cleaning throughout the day, we will be implementing new hours and capacity limits for Kids Corner and the Activity Center. We will also be temporarily implementing new age limits in Kids Corner.
New Age Limits - Effective June 29, 2020
Kids Corner will be open to kids ages 3-7 years old.
New Hours - Effective June 29, 2020
8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.
Open to kids ages 7-17
New Hours - Effective June 29, 2020
8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.
Wellness Center and Fitness Classes
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Although we don’t anticipate reaching capacity, members are welcome and encouraged to call the Y before visiting to ensure space is available in the wellness center.
-Members are asked to respect posted social distancing signs when using the wellness center.
- In the wellness center, members will notice that red boxes have been installed on the floor around certain pieces of equipment. To ensure social distancing, only one person is permitted in each red box at a time.
-To allow for social distancing, some equipment in our wellness center may be temporarily closed or relocated.
-When using the wellness center, members will be asked to wipe down equipment before and after use with provided EPA-approved disinfectant.
-To ensure members can safely practice social distancing, we will temporarily be limiting the number of people allowed in group fitness classes. Laminated class cards can be picked up at the Membership Desk.
-Members should bring their own fitness mats to class, as the Y will not be providing mats for member use. Fitness mats can also be purchased at the Membership Desk for $25.
-At the advice of state health department officials and the Illinois Department of Aging, and to keep all members safe and healthy, classes designed specifically for participants in vulnerable populations will not be running at this time. These classes include Enhance Fitness and Moving for a Better Balance.
-Virtual fitness classes and personal training sessions will continue. Members interested in learning more about these opportunities should speak to a member of our Wellness team or click here.
-In line with guidance from the state of Illinois, we will be limiting the number of people allowed in the gym.
-Members looking to play basketball may reserve a basket for one hour. Groups must be made up of 4 people or less. Reservations will be required and can be made up to 24 hours in advance by calling the Y at (815) 267-8600 or by visiting the membership desk.
-Per guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health, members will be required to wear a mask or face covering at all times while participating in indoor sports at the YMCA. This includes youth sports classes and clinics, youth and adult league practices and competitions, and all open gym activities.
-To keep our YMCA community healthy, staff will be disinfecting equipment after use. Please look for posted signs, which will indicate where used equipment can be placed and disinfected equipment can be found in the gym.
Lap Pool, Family Pool and Water Fitness Classes
-Per guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health, members will be required to wear a mask or face covering on the pool deck when not engaged in swimming activities. Staff will be required to wear a mask or face covering on the pool deck when not engaged in swimming activities or guarding from an elevated post on deck.
-No more than 6 swimmers per lane will be allowed in the lap pool. To encourage social distancing, lap swimmers sharing a lane will be encouraged to start and stop on opposite ends of the pool. Lane lines will have markers every six feet to assist swimmers with spacing in the lanes.
-Social distancing markers have been added to benches in the pool areas. Benches and chairs will also be spaced 6 feet apart to accommodate social distancing guidelines.
-The capacity in the family pool will be temporarily limited to 45 members.
-Members will now be required to register for water fitness classes. Class sizes will be temporarily limited.
-The Y will offer designated swim time from 8:30-9:15 a.m. on Wednesdays in the Family Pool for those members in vulnerable populations. During this time, members may enter the pool through the pool emergency exit door on Ottawa Street (near Ira Jones Middle School) or through the family pool emergency exit door near Kids Corner to limit their interaction with other members. Members can also enter the pool through the locker rooms, if preferred.
-For responses to other frequently asked questions, click the link below.
Sauna and Steam Room
-Both the sauna and steam room will be temporarily closed. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Restrooms and Locker Rooms
-Members are asked to respect posted social distancing signs when using restrooms and locker rooms at the YMCA.
-To ensure social distancing can be maintained while our summer campers are inside the building, both the men’s and women’s locker rooms will be closed on camp days during the following times:
We apologize for the inconvenience.
Fab 50 Programs
-Until further notice, all Fab 50 programs will run outdoors to ensure social distancing can be maintained.
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 Kid Zone PLUS. Additional information will be shared with registered participants. To find a full list of YMCA Kid Zone PLUS Health and Safety Guidelines, click here.
LET'S WORK TOGETHER
As we prepare to reopen our facility, please be assured that the safety of our YMCA community is our number one priority. We will continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local, state and federal health officials, and communicate with our members if reopening plans for our facilities or programs will need to change due to state or federal guidelines.
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.