On Thursday, January 21, Governor Pritzker announced that Tier 3 mitigation efforts aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19 have been lifted in Region 7 (Will County).
We are very excited to share that in-person group exercise classes will resume at YMCA facilities on Friday, January 22.
Although in-person group exercise classes will resume on Friday, the YMCA will be canceling all Winter 1 session programs at the C.W. Avery, Galowich, and Smith Family YMCAs. Program participants will be contacted in the coming days with information about alternative program opportunities. System credits and refunds for canceled programs will also be available. Registration for programs in the Y’s Winter 2 session, which is scheduled to begin on February 8, is underway.
UPDATED HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES
The following facility and program modifications will go into effect beginning Saturday, January 23, 2021, unless otherwise noted:
Masks and Face Coverings
Masks or face coverings will continue to be required at all times for members, except when using the pool.
Facility and Group Exercise Class Reservations
YMCA members will continue to be required to make reservations to use the wellness centers and gymnasiums. YMCA members will also be required to make reservations for group exercise and water fitness classes. 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.
As a reminder, all YMCA Facility Members receive free Basic access to the On the Go App included with their membership. If you haven’t already downloaded the YMCA On the Go App, you will receive an invitation from the YMCA later this evening to download the App for free. This email will be sent to the email address you have listed on your membership account in Daxko. Please be sure to check your junk and spam folders for this activation email.
Lap Pool and Family Pool
Beginning Saturday, January 23, use of the Greater Joliet Area YMCA’s three lap pools and the Family Pool at the C.W. Avery Family YMCA will be available on a first-come, first-served basis during open swim times. Capacity limits in line with Tier 1 mitigation efforts will remain in place.
Kids Corners (Ages 3-7) and Activity Centers (Ages 7-17)
These spaces will reopen on Friday, January 22 at the C.W. Avery Family YMCA. Kids Corner will remain closed until further notice at the Galowich and Smith Family YMCAs. Kids and staff in Kids Corner and the Activity Center will be required to wear masks or face coverings at all times.
Updated hours can be found here.
Group Exercise Classes
In-person group exercise classes will resume on Friday, January 22. Water fitness classes will resume on Monday, January 25. Our health and wellness teams will also continue to offer a number of virtual classes in the coming weeks. These schedules will be available on our website and in the On the Go App.
A catalog of more than 90 group exercise classes is also available on the Y’s website. Y Members will also find free workouts in the On the Go App.
JETS Swim Team
Practices will resume in the coming days. Coaches will be contacting all team members with additional information.
Masters Swim Team
Practices will resume on Sunday, January 24. Additional information regarding a new reservation process for practices will be shared with team members in the coming days.
Thrive Dance Team
Practices will resume the week of January 25. Instructors will be contacting all team members with additional information.
LET’S WORK TOGETHER
We thank you in advance for your continued cooperation as we work together to keep our members and staff safe and healthy. For more information on the Y’s health and safety guidelines, please click here.