Updated June 30
Our Number One Priority is Your Safety
Our number one priority is your safety as we welcome you back into our Y. Following guidance from the CDC and government officials, we have updated our policies, practices and procedures to ensure the highest standards of cleanliness (see below). We have also made appropriate accommodations for social distancing to create a safer environment as members get back to focusing on their health and their community at the Y.
While we can’t predict the long-term effects of COVID-19, we are committed to doing whatever is necessary to ensure your safety. The way we’ll interact with each other will be different, but at the Y, you’ll always be able to connect with people, improve your health and wellness, nurture your children’s potential and help strengthen our community.
Face Coverings Inside our YMCA Centers
To help protect our members and staff and to follow suit with Hillsborough County and Pasco County’s mandatory mask ordinances, effective Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 5pm, all our YMCA locations will require all members entering our facilities to wear a face covering in all common areas indoors where other members are present and whenever you are walking to and from the area where you will be working out. Masks do not have to be worn outside, during your workout or group exercise classes as long as social distancing guidelines are followed. While we know this can be an inconvenience for some, we feel this measure, along with other protective measures already implemented, will make the Y as safe as possible for everyone’s enjoyment.
Face Coverings for Youth Programs & Activities
At all our YMCA Summer Camp locations across Hillsborough County, we highly encourage face coverings as an extra layer of protection, but they are not required for children under the age of 18 in our camps, youth sports and Stay & Play areas. If a parent wishes their camper to be in a face covering indoors, they will need to continue to send one with them and notify Y staff at check-in.
In compliance with Pasco County’s mask ordinance, campers are required to wear a face covering indoors at the East Pasco County YMCA Summer Camps. Parents/guardians are responsible for sending a mask to camp with their camper (we recommend two).
- Members are asked to verbally affirm they meet screening requirements prior to utilizing the facility. These questions include:
- Do you have a fever 100.4 or higher?
- Have you recently had any respiratory infection, cough, shortness of breath and/or low-grade fever?
- In the previous 14 days, have you had any contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19; is under investigation for COVID-19, or is ill with a respiratory illness? If yes, were you wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment?
- In the previous 14 days, have you traveled internationally to countries with widespread, sustained community transmission?
- To ensure we are able to safely follow social distancing guidelines as well as best accommodate our members, we have updated our guest policy effective June 8, 2020:
- Guests must be accompanied by a Tampa YMCA member.
- Tampa YMCA members must contact their YMCA prior to visiting to ensure guests are being allowed access at the requested time.
- The Y reserves the right to restrict guest at any time with or without notice to ensure the safety and comfort of our members.
- Members are asked to use hand sanitizer or wash their hands before utilizing any equipment or participating in any program.
- Members are required to clean equipment after each use.
- Each family center and wellness floor has capacity limits based on size. Additionally, group exercise classes have limited capacity and spots are available by reservation only.
- Members are asked to practice State of Florida guidelines regarding social distancing in all program areas, facilities and swimming pools.
- Coffee service is suspended.
- Lobby furniture, tables and seating throughout the facilities and pool furniture are spread out to promote social distancing.
- Select water fountains have disposable cups to use, and water fountains without cups are disabled. Water fountain bottle fillers are active and members are encouraged to bring their own bottles.
- All Y Associates interacting with members and program participants indoors wear face coverings unless engaged or leading an active program or physical activity (i.e. group exercise instructor, sports leader, etc.)
- Y Associates wipe down surfaces hourly and work with members to ensure equipment is wiped down after each use.
- Stay & Play child watch is deep cleaned midday and evenings.
- All surfaces that cannot be wiped down are out of service. This includes rope pull-downs, bands and other fabric items.
- Y cleaning contractors are all trained in cleaning protocols regarding disinfection, utilizing cleaning products approved to kill viruses.
We’re always adapting to meet the needs of our community
We’re committed to ensuring all people have access to the resources and support they need to reach their full potential. Everyone deserves a chance to thrive. We will continue to engage and serve all people where they are, including through virtual offerings and outreach services for those who continue to practice social distancing and those who need special support during these challenging times.
To help you stay active, healthy and connected in your own home, and on your own time, access free virtual fitness classes, youth and family activities, at-home resources for you and your family and helpful tips on how to safeguard our health. We will continuously update our virtual resources so be sure to check in regularly.
Together, we’re a better us
Thank you for staying with us while we were closed. Although we are back open, we want you to return at your own pace and when you feel comfortable. We care about you and your well-being. The Y is more than a gym…we are a community. We’ve missed you and are so happy to welcome you back.
Stay safe and healthy,
Your Tampa YMCA Leadership team