Thank you to all our YMCA members who have STAYED WITH US during the COVID pandemic. The Y leadership and staff have worked diligently to provide an environment for our members that follows CDC, state, and local requirements for safe re-entry into social interaction. Our goal has been to address all issues of safety to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The Y experience looks and feels different. We will look to our staff and members to comply with new procedures such that we take care of ourselves and each other. Please familiarize yourself with these new expectations as we all work together cautiously and responsibly to provide a safe YMCA experience for all.
(10/6/2020) - The YMCA is aware of the Michigan Supreme Court's recent ruling, and we are not changing our current policy on masks or other COVID-19 measures at this time. We will continue to pay close attention to health experts and guidelines at the national, state, and local level to keep our members and staff safe and healthy.
When should I put on my mask?
All masks should be on and secure, covering both the nose and the mouth, prior to entering the YMCA vestibule area.
Why are we required to wear masks now?
COVID-19 is circulating throughout Michigan; therefore, we must assume anyone can be exposed at any time. Having a masking directive for all, paired with frequent hand hygiene and effective physical distancing will help protect everyone from the viral spread of the disease. The masking directive requires everyone to wear some type of facemask to reduce the risk of transmission from anyone who may be asymptomatic but is carrying the disease.
Do I have to wear the mask the entire time I am at a YMCA facility?
Our goal with this directive is to protect everyone from the community's spread of the virus. Masking is meant to accompany adherence to physical distancing and practicing frequent hand hygiene. Masks are required by Executive Order to be worn in all places inside the building except while showering and swimming.
What if I have a condition that states I cannot wear a mask?
Unfortunately, at this time our policy requires masks to be worn indoors. The YMCA believes in the safety and security of our members and our community. Data from the CDC and the state of Michigan clearly show that wearing masks has a profound impact on the health and wellbeing of all during this pandemic.
Self Health Check
PLEASE STOP AND READ these questions prior to entering a YMCA facility or program area. You may enter the building if the following statements are true:
1) You have NOT experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 48 hours: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
2) Within the past 14 days, you have not been in close physical contact (6 feet or closer for at least 15 minutes) with a person who is known to have a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 positive test or with anyone that has symptoms of COVID-19.
3) You are not isolating or quarantining.
If these statements are NOT true today, please refrain from using the YMCA. Thank you.
When You First Enter a Y Indoor Facility
When you first enter an indoor facility, you will be expected to have read the WE CARE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH questionnaire posted at the front door. Once you have proceeded into the Welcome Center, you will be required to have your temperature checked at the self-scanning temperature kiosk, which uses an infrared scanner to detect fevers. If your temperature is at or above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, you will not be allowed inside the facility, and we ask that you refrain from using the Y until you are fever-free for 24 hours.
Hand washing and sanitizing stations are conveniently located and available throughout the facilities. Please wash/sanitize your hands upon entering the building, during your visit, and just before you exit. You are expected to use disposable sanitized towelettes to wipe down equipment before and after use.
Please follow these guidelines for safe social distancing:
- Keep a six-foot distance between you and other persons.
- Stay to the right in hallways and in staircases
- Interact with staff through the clear plastic shields at designated workstations
Check In / Check Out
You will be expected to swipe your own ID card when checking in. If you have lost or misplaced your ID member card, our staff will be happy to provide you with a replacement. We are also requiring all members to check out to manage tracing individuals and manage capacity.