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Currently Open for Members Only: Learn more about Phase One

We are excited to see you again, but there are some changes to the way we're operating to keep you safe. Read on to make sure you're ready before entering.

Chris Williams
Welcome back to the YMCA!

Dear YMCA Member,

We plan to follow all local, state, and federal regulations and guidelines to re-open our facility in the safest way possible as that information becomes available and/or changes.  We will begin reopening in phases, and the first phase is detailed below.  To keep our members and staff safe and protected while using our facilities, you can expect the following guidelines.  


YMCA Phase One (beginning May 24)

Member expectations:

Before coming to the YMCA please follow these guidelines:

·       If you have been contacted by the Department of Health notifying you of exposure to COVID-19, we thank you for not using the Y until 14 days after your exposure.

·       If you or anyone in your household are showing symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath or otherwise not feeling well, please refrain from using the Y until fever free for 24 hours.

·       Wash your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds before coming to the Y and after entering the building.

·       Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

·       Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

·       Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have access to a tissue, sneeze or cough into your elbow.



Members must stop and complete the check in process at the membership desk. This will include a basic health screening and the signing of a waiver. (Anyone under the age of 18 MUST have a parent or guardian signature before using the facility).  No sales/redemption of guest passes or nationwide membership access will be allowed.

Be prepared to wait as we check-in members in front of you. Be sure you are keeping a minimum of 6 ft distance between you and the members waiting with you (See signage to assist with this). This may mean that you will have to wait outside as members are processed.

Members should have their YMCA scan card ready.

No outside food or drink. Only already filled water bottles will be permitted.

Youth under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult while using the facility.

Members may be asked to wear a mask while using certain areas of the facility or at certain times of day

Failure to comply is not an option. We want to keep our doors open for as many people as possible. Doing so means taking safety seriously. Please note that any member who fails to comply with social distancing requirements may be asked to leave the facility.

While you are visiting

Safety Comes First

All members and staff will be required to practice social distancing while inside the YMCA. In some cases, the availability of equipment, features and spaces will be limited to ensure members are able to maintain the recommended 6 feet of separation. Signage has been placed throughout our building to assist you in maintaining safe distances.

In order to comply with official social distancing guidelines, we may at times need to limit the number of members in the facility. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience and understanding.

No contact of any kind will be permitted.

No gatherings of people in the lobby.

We highly encourage that you wear a face mask while in our facilities to help prevent the spread of illness as well as to provide peace of mind to your fellow members.

Clean all workout equipment and other frequently touched objects before and after every use.



Facility Areas


In-person conferences and meetings have been canceled.

Staffing based on facility demand.

Regular cleaning of IT and office equipment.

Employees will be required to wear masks (with pre-determined exceptions).

Health screening and temperature checks will be conducted on staff before each shift.

CPR & LGI certifications and training will continue with 1:1 instruction while following social distancing guidelines.


Wellness Center

Signage to assist with social distancing has been posted. Please adhere to these guidelines. No spotting will be allowed.  

“Keep a machine in between.” Every other piece of cardio equipment has been unplugged for social distancing purposes. On weight equipment, please keep one machine between you and another member.

Please clean equipment before and after every use.

Refrain from station work or super sets. Use one piece of equipment at a time, complete your set and sanitize equipment before moving to another piece of equipment.

Only participate in strength and cardio exercises that you can complete safely on your own. Spotting will not be permitted due to social distancing requirements.

Time limits on equipment may be instituted if needed.



Practice shooting only (pick-up basketball not permitted).

Bring your own ball. Basketballs and volleyballs will not be available to members to borrow and the sharing of basketballs and volleyballs is not permitted.

Limit 4 people per half court MAX.

Walking tracks will remain open and will follow social distancing guidelines.


Group Exercise

Virtual classes will continue.

Starting in June, limited live classes will be offered which will take place in large activity spaces such as outdoor area and gymnasiums with pre-designated spaces for members and instructors (36 sq ft per participant).

Bring your own Yoga mats.

1:1 instruction within social distancing guidelines.

Allow porous equipment (yoga mats, straps, etc.) to dry completely before storing.

Cycling classes will be limited and spaced according to social distancing guidelines.


Child Watch

Not offered currently to allow us to monitor building participation levels and grow participation slowly and safely, as well as, ensuring social distancing guidelines are followed. This service will return.



Lap swim will continue (limit 2 lap swimmers per lane MAX)

Open swim will be available as long as social distancing guidelines are followed (please be aware that members may be asked to wait or time limits may be instituted if needed).

Water fitness class will continue with class limits per instructor in order to adhere to social distancing.


Locker Rooms

We encourage you to come ready in your workout clothes. Locker rooms will be limited to Family Locker Rooms and Public Restrooms only. (Use of men’s and women’s locker rooms is currently suspended)

Please bring your own lock, try to use every 4th or 5th locker and position yourself relative to other for social distancing.


Hours of Operation

5:30 am-8:00 pm M-F

8:00 am-4:00 pm Sat

1:00 pm-4:00 pm Sun

Memorial Day open from 5:30 am- 9:30 am


Programs/Services Suspended until further notice

Drinking fountains and water cooler will be closed.

Men’s and women’s locker rooms will be closed. Family locker rooms and public restrooms will be open only.

No “spotting” will be permitted.

Whirlpool, Sauna and Steam room are closed.

Racquetball Courts will be closed.

Pickle ball will not be permitted.

All Senior Programs are suspended.

Child watch and summer camps will be suspended.

Evidence based health initiatives (The YMCA’s  Program, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, Enhance Fitness – virtual meetings available as needed).

Youth and adult sports are postponed.

Guest passes and reciprocal memberships will not be available.

Members under the age of 14 will not be permitted into the facility without parent or guardian.


Increased cleaning procedures (list is not exhaustive)

Regular misting of all facility areas with certified broad spectrum disinfectant.

Signage throughout the building regarding hand washing and social distancing.

Increased cleaning frequency (multiple scheduled sanitation times plus spot cleaning by staff throughout the day. Areas of the building maybe closes periodically throughout the day for these scheduled cleanings.)

Cleaning common high-touch surfaces like counter tops and door handles multiple times a day.

Requiring members to clean equipment before and after use.

Hand sanitizing stations located throughout the building.


We will continue to review these guidelines and communicate through email (please make sure we have your email address), our website and social media to meet federal, state and local guidance.  We will continue resources for our members who are still sheltering at home.  Thank you for your continued support of the Henry County YMCA.

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