The YMCA at Maple and Portage have re-opened to members and participants effective September 9. We are thrilled and excited to be able to open the doors back to members. We have been preparing for this for months, working hard to provide a safe experience for those who will feel comfortable visiting the indoor facilities again.
The Y experience will be different from pre-COVID. If you are choosing to visit the Y, please come prepared by having read up on the changes, expectations, and new processes provided on this page and other areas of the website pertaining to the area that you will be visiting.
Be sure to familiarize yourself with the key document for PHASE ONE below.
- All members will be required to have signed our updated waiver form. If you have already done so, thank you! All others, please click here to electronically sign.
- Kids Zone, lap lane swimming, and outside classes that require registration will use our new MOTION VIBE reservation system.
- Towels and stretch/yoga mats will not be available. Please bring your own.
- Drinking fountains are only available as water refill stations. Be sure to bring a water bottle.
Q & A
Q: How long will the Y remain in PHASE I? A: Our plan is to continuously monitor progress as we move through opening various program areas, cautiously and responsibly. We will keep members and our community updated along the way.
Q: Will outdoor and virtual classes continue? When will there be indoor group exercise classes? A: We will continue to offer outdoor and virtual group exercise classes, and will keep those schedules updated in the appropriate areas of our website. At this time we will not be offering indoor group exercise classes.
Q: When should I put on my mask? A: All masks should be on and secure, covering both the nose and the mouth, prior to entering the YMCA vestibule area.
Q: Why are we required to wear masks now? A: 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.
Q: 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 spread of the virus. Masking is meant to accompany adherence to physical distancing and practicing frequent hand hygiene. If you are in a private* location and not in the presence of others or in one of the designated exercise spaces**, you do not have to wear a mask. Otherwise, a mask must be worn at all times. (*Private is defined as any space you need to be invited into such as a conference room, meeting room, or office.) (**Designated exercise space includes – pool or showers.)
If an employee has a disability that makes wearing a mask problematic, the ADA requires the YMCA will consider a reasonable accommodation request from the employee.
Q: What if I have a condition that states I cannot wear a mask? A: 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 shows that wearing masks has a profound impact on the health and wellbeing of all during this pandemic.
Q: How can I help the Y? A: We are so humbled and appreciative of those asking us how they can help us as we respond to community needs. If you're a member, the best way to help us is to continue paying your monthly membership dues. No action is required to remain a member. If you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation, please click here.
Q: What is happening with remote and virtual YMCA classes? A: All remote, outdoor, and virtual group exercise programs will remain active at this time. The YMCA will continue to re-evaluate its program offering regularly. Please click here for class information.
Q: Can I bring a guest with me? A: At this time guests will NOT be allowed to use the YMCA facilities.
Q: Can I drop my kids off at the Y to play basketball or just hang out in the youth center? A: No. At this time children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.