On Tuesday, November 17, Governor Pritzker announced new Tier 3 mitigation efforts aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19. These new statewide restrictions will go into effect on Friday, November 20.
We are very excited to share that all Greater Joliet Area YMCA facilities and program sites will remain open.
However, in accordance with the statewide mitigation efforts, we will be required to make adjustments in our facilities and pause many of our program offerings.
The following facility and program modifications will go into effect beginning Friday, November 20, 2020:
Masks or face coverings will be required at all times for members, except when using the pool.
Reservations Required for Facility Usage
In accordance with Tier 3 mitigation efforts, members will be required to make reservations to use the wellness centers, pools, and gymnasiums. Reservations will be available through the YMCA On the Go App or by calling your local branch.
Additional information about the reservation process can be viewed here.
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. If you don’t receive an email in the next 24 hours, you can request that a new activation email be sent to you by emailing [email protected]. Please be sure to check your junk and spam folders before requesting a new activation email.
Members will be required to make reservations to use strength and cardio equipment in the Wellness Center. Members can also reserve use of the aerobics studios and cycling rooms. Reservations will begin on the hour and last for 50 minutes, and may be made up to 24 hours in advance.
Use of the lap pool will be by reservation only. Lap lane reservations will be limited to one household* per lane. Fifty-minute reservations will be available, and may be made up to 24 hours in advance.
*One household may consist of up to 6 swimmers from the same residence.
Family Pool at the C.W. Avery Family YMCA
Use of the family pool during open swim time will be by reservation only. Reservations will be limited to one household per zone (Zone 1-Catch Pool, Zone 2-Zero Entry Pool, and Zone 3-Cove and Vortex), with no more than 6 swimmers per household. Reservations will begin on the half hour and will run for 50 minutes, and may be made up to 24 hours in advance.
Use of the gym during open gym time will be by reservation only. Gym reservations will be limited to one household, with no more than 4 persons per hoop. Fifty-minute reservations will be available and can may be made up to 24 hours in advance.
Indoor Walking Track at the C.W. Avery Family YMCA
Use of the walking track will be by reservation only. Reservations will be limited to one household, with no more than 6 walkers. Reservations will begin on the half-hour lasting for 50 minutes, and may be made up to 24 hours in advance.
Locker rooms will be open for restroom use only.
Kids Corners and Activity Centers
These spaces will be closed until further notice.
At this time, Kid Zone PLUS and Pint-Size Pupils will run, as-scheduled.
Fall 3 Programming Canceled
In accordance with Tier 3 mitigation efforts, the remaining weeks of the following Fall 3 session-based programs will be canceled:
- Group swim lessons
- Youth sports classes
- Specialty group fitness classes
- Water fitness classes
- Youth enrichment classes
- Masters swim team
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.
Group Exercise Classes
At this time, all in-person group exercise classes will be paused. Our health and wellness teams will be offering a robust schedule of virtual classes in the coming weeks. This schedule will be posted on our website and in the On the Go App in the next few days.
A catalog of more than 70 group exercise classes is also available on the Y’s website.
JETS Swim Team
Practices will be paused. Private coaching sessions will be available. Athletes can also reserve lap lanes to stay active. Coaches will be contacting all team members with additional information.
Thrive Dance Team
Practices will continue virtually. Instructors will be contacting all team members with additional information.
For more information on the Y’s health and safety guidelines, please click here.
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. Because this situation is ever-changing, members are encouraged to watch their email, follow the Y on social media, and continue to monitor our website for additional updates.