At the First Coast YMCA, the safety and well-being of our members, staff, volunteers and participants has and always will be our top priority.
Our COVID-19 safety decisions are made based on guidance from the CDC and local health experts, and after taking into consideration the many different populations that we serve, including children and high-risk individuals.
Update – July 27: The Y’s COVID-19 Task Force will review the CDC’s new recommended guidance on masks and if a decision is made to adjust our policy, we will communicate the change with our staff, members, participants, volunteers and guests.
As our policies continue to evolve, we will share any potential policy updates as quickly as it is safe and practical to do so. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and support to help us all stay healthy together!
What to Expect at the Y
- Please stay home if you are sick.
- We highly encourage all members, participants and guests ages 12 and older (those eligible for vaccinations) to wear a mask while at the Y, especially those who have not yet been fully vaccinated.
- Because children ages 5-11 are not eligible for the vaccine, they are required to wear a mask while at the Y unless they are able to maintain social distance and/or are engaged in high-intensity activities including group exercise, running on a treadmill, playing outside or playing sports.
- Members who visit Ys located in buildings owned by our healthcare partners must follow the policies set by our healthcare partners.
- All Y employees, except Rescue Ready Lifeguards, Group Ex instructors teaching a class or child care staff leading outdoor activities, are required to wear masks at all times during their shifts.
- Please continue to practice social distancing at all times.
- Reservations are still required for Group Exercise Classes, Swim and KidZone.
- Members should also sanitize hands before and after a workout and wipe down equipment with provided disinfectant wipes before and after use.
- The Y will continue stringent cleaning and disinfecting protocols throughout all areas of Y facilities and program sites.
- We have also invested in an additional safety barrier at our branches to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The illustration below shows how this innovative UV technology works in our heating, ventilation and air conditioning system to reduce coronavirus and other micro-organisms.