For A Safer Us

The way we interact with each other is different these days, 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.

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. We are reviewing our safety protocols regularly as guidance from the CDC and our local health experts changes.

At this time, there are no changes to our COVID-19 safety protocols, including requiring staff to wear masks at all time and members to wear masks in common areas where social distancing requirements cannot be met. 

We believe it is our social responsibility to keep these protocols in place in order to best protect everyone who enters our doors, including our community’s most vulnerable populations.

According to the Florida Department of Health, information from the CDC is a guideline and every organization must determine what is the safest approach based on how they serve the public.

At the Y, you must wear a mask to check-in, in the lobby, when dropping off or picking up children at KidZone, waiting for a class to begin, in the locker rooms and any other common areas of the facility. Wearing a mask while in a group exercise class, using strength and cardio equipment, stretching and swimming is optional if you maintain social distancing at all times.

The CDC recommends all people 2 years of age and older wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in their household. Additionally, Florida’s surgeon general issued a public health advisory advising Floridians to “wear face coverings in any setting where social distancing is not possible.”

What to Expect at the Y

social distancing

  • Due to limited facility capacity and class size to meet social distancing guidelines, reservations will be required for some programs and classes.

face mask

  • Wear a face covering or mask to check-in and in other common areas of the Y. Employees, except Rescue Ready lifeguards and Group Exercise instructors teaching class, must wear face masks during their shift.


  • Employees and members will have temperatures monitored upon entry into Y facilities and required to practice social distancing throughout the facility.


  • Members should sanitize hands before and after a workout and wipe down equipment with provided disinfectant wipes before and after use.

The Y is implementing new stringent cleaning and disinfecting protocols throughout all areas of Y facilities and program sites. The Y only uses products on List N: Disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2 that meet the EPA’s criteria for use against the virus that causes COVID-19.

We have installed 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:

Before Your Upcoming Visit

1. Reserve a spot in class, the pool, the gym or KidZone.

  • For now, Group Exercise Classes, Lap Swim, Family Swim, KidZone and Gym activities will require reservations. If you’re planning on taking a class or getting in the pool, please make a reservation before you visit the Y.

Group Exercise Reservations Swim Reservations KidZone Reservations Gym Reservations

2. Sign a new waiver and member code of conduct.

  • To expedite the check-in process, please sign a new waiver and member code of conduct before coming back to the Y.

Sign New Waiver and Code of Conduct

3. Be prepared for our new check-in process and safety protocols.

  • We want to make sure everyone has a safe, fun and positive experience at the Y. Everyone has a role. Please keep our safety precautions top of mind.

For A Safer Us FAQs

The Y is implementing a phased approach to offer programs and services to members with appropriate guidance from health officials to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Phases in the Y’s reopening plan refer to our internal reopening framework and are not intended to align with phases imposed by local, state or federal governments. We will continue to review our policies as guidance changes.


For A Safer Us: Reopening Roadmap
Cleaning Protocols

Your membership is so important to the good work that we have been doing for our First Coast community since 1908.

Thank you to our sustaining members who have continued to pay their membership fee so that we continue to provide necessary services for children, families and adults across the First Coast. Our doors may have been closed, but the Y never stopped serving the community.

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