Reopening Information!

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

 

 

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.

 

Health Assessments

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 take their temperature upon arrival. 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.

Social Distancing

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, swimming pool, gymnasium, Camp, and Child Care. Members have access to see how many members are in the building at any time by logging into your Membership Online Account on http://bit.ly/YMCA9622

Waivers

Waivers are required for everyone in the household, including minors, and must be signed before entry. These are available for members to preregister on their Online Account as a program.

Sanitizers / Wipes / Handwashing

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. Members exercising will be required to wear a face covering, except while on cardio equipment. All cardio equipment has been spaced to 12 feet of distance and cardio equipment between usable pieces has been labeled as not in use.

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 Two A

Updated on November 25, 2020

Facility Hours

Phase Two A hours of operation:

Monday to Thursday ................. 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday ........................................ 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Saturday ............................... 6:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Sunday ................................. 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM

*Thanksgiving Hours: 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM

What will be available: (with restrictions)

• Wellness Floor (Cardio & Strength)
• Group Fitness Classes (Virtual & In-House
• Spinning Classes (moved to the Group Fitness Room)
• MX4 Room & Classes (Maximum Capacity 3 members & 1 instructor)
• Personal / Small Group Training
• Lap Swim (No Reservation Required) (Maximum Capacity in Pool 4)
• Child Care (Preschool, Learning Pods, and School-Age)
• Showers
• Swim Lessons
• Basketball Shoot Around Only (reservation required, maximum 3 per court)
• Blow dryers
• Shaving cream

What will not be available?

The following programs and services will NOT BE available in Phase Two A, 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:

- Guest Passes or Nationwide Membership
- Adult & Youth Sports
- Sauna & Steam Rooms
- Coffee Stations



What will not be available? (Continued)

- Hot Tub
- Racquetball Court
- Child Watch
- Playgrounds for Program use only
- Common Seating Areas
- Fans

Mask Usage

- All members must wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth in all fitness areas. These areas include cardio machines, group exercise classes, & while playing basketball.
- According to the CT Guidelines, there are no exceptions to this rule. If you cannot wear a mask, we have virtual fitness options available. Please contact the YMCA, and one of our staff would be happy to help set you up.
- Masks are required in all common spaces.

A Quick Message from us!

We will continue to monitor this evolving situation and will work with local officials to determine what future actions will be necessary. We will provide updates and information directly to staff, members, and participants via email. We will also be posting information to our website and social media channels: Such as Facebook & Instagram.

We are asking for everyone to follow the guidance of local health & government officials, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, and take your own measures to protect yourself and others.