Everything you need to know before entering the Y!
We are excited to announce that our Greater Waterbury YMCA will reopen on June 22, 2020. When you return, your YMCA will look different. There will be new and unfamiliar protocols such as mask usage, one-way entrances, and a lot of new signage. Take a moment to review all of the latest changes in the Y! We can not wait to see you!
The Y's facilities, programs, and services will reopen/resume in phases following guidelines and mandates by the CDC & The State of Connecticut. It is essential to know that these phases are not time-based. We will move to the next phase if there is successful compliance and improvement/stability in the area of COVID-19 cases. Phases may be modified and revised as guidance changes.
Your safety—and the safety of all of our staff and members—is our number one priority. Together, we must proceed carefully if we want to keep our doors open.
The Greater Waterbury YMCA’s protocols focus on three key mitigation strategies based on guidance and mandates from health officials and government leaders:
Meeting social distancing requirements
Using proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Implementing stringent cleaning and disinfecting protocols
Please note that this Roadmap is subject to change! Continue to check here for any updates.
Facility Access & Use
During this initial phase, only active members will be allowed access to Waterbury YMCA facilities and programs. Members who’ve placed their account on hold will need to give the Y permission to release that hold before they are allowed access. Teens that are younger than 12 must always be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Nationwide members will not be able to access our facility at this time.
Members who have a fever of 100.4 or do not feel well should stay home. Before access is allowed in our branches and/or programs all staff, members, and participants will be required to complete a health assessment, which includes a quick survey and a temperature check. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and it is recommended they stay home and away from other people as much as possible. Online workouts and other virtual services are available to members.
Members and participants will be asked to follow the social distancing guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of CT Guidelines. To comply with these requirements, we may need to limit the number of people and usage duration within our facilities and programs. This includes, but is not limited to, areas and equipment on the wellness floor, group exercise classes, and swimming pool. Additionally, we have moved our upright bikes & expresso machines in the Spin Room, as spinning will take place in the gymnasium. Members will have access to see how many members are in the building at any time by logging into your Membership Online Account.
Hand sanitizing stations and disinfectant wipes for equipment will be provided throughout the facility. We also encourage everyone to wash their hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Members and participants are required to wear face masks or face-covering in all common areas of the Y. If exercising closer to than 12 feet from others you will be required to wear a face covering.
Cleaning / Disinfecting
Members will be asked to wipe down any equipment they touch before and after use with the disinfectant wipes provided throughout our facilities. Additionally, members may experience wait times to allow time for extra sanitization of equipment on the wellness floor and in group exercise rooms.
Phase One D
Updated on September 11, 2020
Phase One hours of operation:
Monday to Friday ................. 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Saturday ............................... 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Sunday ................................. CLOSED
What will be available: (with restrictions)
- Wellness Floor (Cardio & Strength)
- Group Fitness Classes
- MX4 Room -> Limited Usage
- Personal/ Small Group Training
- Lap Swim
- Child Care (Preschool, Camp & School Age)
- Racquetball (1 vs 1)
- Basketball (Shoot Around Only)
- Swim Team
- Swim Lessons
What will not be available?
The following programs and services will NOT BE available in Phase One B, but are being considered in subsequent phases based on guidance from health officials, government leaders and input from subject matter experts as well as the Y’s confidence in enforcing compliance with all COVID-19 preventive actions:
- Hot Tub Closed
- Child Watch
- Playgrounds for Program use only
- Blow Dryers or Shaving Cream will be available in the lockers
Phase One C
As of August 20, 2020, some changes to note:
Members that are 12 years old and over will now have access to the facility without an adult supervising them.
We have discontinued registration for Group Fitness Classes and spin classes. Classes still have a limit of 15 per class!
Mask Usage in the Wellness Center!
Registration is required
Due to limited capacity within the building, we have put in place pre-registration for certain areas at the YMCA! Please be patient with us in this ever-changing landscape.
We are asking all members to use the side entrance of the Gymnasium for Shoot Around Basketball since the front half of the Gymnasium will be used for Group Fitness. All participants must provide their own ball. Shoot Around is for 6 people at a time or 2 members per hoop. Anyone playing a game, simulated game, or anything beyond shoot around will be asked to leave. Playing shoot around during group fitness class is prohibited. Members will be asked to come back later or will be asked to leave. Individuals can sign up at the front desk for 45 minutes to 1-hour time slots. If no one is on the list behind them, they can re-sign up at the desk.