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Keeping You Safe

In collaboration with YMCAs state-wide, the Henry County YMCA will require masks while members are not actively exercising beginning July 27.

Chris Williams
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In collaboration with YMCAs state-wide, the Henry County YMCA will require masks while members are not actively exercising beginning July 27. Here are some answers to questions you may have. If you still have questions, please send an email to directors@henrycountyymca.org.

Is the Y requiring masks that meet specific standards, or will any face covering be OK?

The Y requires face coverings that fit securely and cover the nose and mouth. Masks are preferred by the CDC, but face shields are an acceptable alternative for members if a mask cannot be worn.

Do I have to wear a mask the entire time I’m in the Y?

Masks are required inside our YMCA except when actively exercising and during brief periods of recovery (2 minutes or less)immediately after exercise or between machines during your circuit. Masks are required when preparing to exercise, when stretching, and during periods of extended rest (more than 2 minutes).

Do I have to wear a mask in a group exercise class?

Masks are required when entering and exiting classes and during any time of socialization. Masks can be removed during the group exercise class.

Do I have to wear a mask in the pool?

Masks should not be worn when in the water. We are asking members who are not in the same household to practice physical distancing when they are in the water.

Do I have to wear a mask in the wellness center? 

Members are required to wear a mask to and from the wellness center and to carry it with them to wear during periods of extended rest. However, members are not required to wear a mask when they are actively exercising. Exercise is defined as anytime you are working on a machine (cardio, strength or free weight) and anytime you are performing body weight exercise or working with freestanding equipment. Recovery is defined as approximately 2 minutes after exercise. Members must wear masks during extended rest/and or stretching periods. 

Does my condition exempt me from wearing a mask?

YMCA staff are not able to provide guidance to members regarding individual conditions. If the member states they have a physical,medical or health-related condition that prevents them from wearing a mask or face shield, they should stop by the welcome desk to place their name on the exemption form, and they may choose to wear the provided wristband to help avoid being questioned by staff during their visit. All members must continue to follow health screening, social distancing, hand sanitizing and equipment cleaning protocols.

Does my child have to wear a mask when they at the Y?

All children 8 and over must wear a mask when they are not actively exercising or in the pool.

What if my child won’t keep their mask on?

We understand that wearing a mask can be a little scary for some little ones. We will take the child’s fears into consideration as we exercise patience while gently explaining the importance of the mask for themselves and others.

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