As we reopen, you will experience new practices required by the Governor’s order. You will still find indicators for healthy physical distancing, mask requirements, the spacing of fitness equipment, ample access to hand sanitizer and sanitizer stations, and significant disinfecting of equipment and activity areas throughout the day. Following CDC and health department guidelines, we will we will reopen popular areas and activities when it is safe to do so.

Openings and Activities

Most branch locations will have the following operating hours:

  • Monday - Friday: 5 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

Hours for Dayton at Gaviidae:

  • Monday - Friday: 6 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Open

Note: The Cora McCorvey YMCA has moved to the Harold Mezile North Community YMCA in North Minneapolis. (Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Saturday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Sunday, Closed)

The health and safety of our members and staff is always our top priority.

Our Minnesota mask policy has been updated. Per Governor’s orders, masks are required for everyone in the facility for all activities. Children from infant to 5 years old do not need to wear a mask. Those with medical conditions that are unable to wear a mask must wear a full face shield.

At our Hudson Y where pools and showers are open, you do not need to wear a mask when swimming or showering, when on a piece of cardio equipment, running on the track or in mask-optional cardio-based group exercise classes. Masks are required on the pool deck at all times.

Please help us keep you, our team and our members safe and healthy by wearing your mask.

Staying Safe Together

The information below is subject to change at any time. To ensure members’ health and safety, as well as the enjoyment of our facilities, we are implementing the following safety protocols to reduce health risks to our members, program participants, and staff.

What the Y is Doing

  • Personal Protective Equipment for All Staff: All staff will be required to wear masks.
  • Self-Scan: Members will be asked to self-scan to allow for limited contact entry.
  • Designed for Social Distance by Physical Distance: All open areas inside the Y have been evaluated and redesigned where necessary to help to help social distancing by physical distancing between members. Signage will be placed prominently throughout the facility to drive awareness of this requirement. 
  • Cleaning: In addition to sanitizing equipment by staff every two hours and the request of our members to wipe down equipment after use, the facility and equipment will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected each day by using products and processes in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency.

How We're Asking Members to Help Maintain Safety

Y staff will be stationed throughout the facility to assist with cleaning disinfecting equipment and to answer questions regarding new guidelines. The YMCA appreciates members’ adherence to the following safety precautions during their visits:

  • Stay Home If You’re Sick: Members should stay home if they don’t feel well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state public health officials encourage seniors and members of vulnerable populations, including those with underlying health conditions, to stay at home.
  • Bring a Mask, a Towel, and a Water Bottle: Masks are required for all members and team members at all times except when in the pool or when showering. Members will be asked to bring their own water bottle and a workout towel (towel services will not be provided). 
  • Keep Your Distance: Please exercise on designated equipment only and respect all signage regarding social distancing. Strive to maintain at least 6 feet between you and others whenever possible.
  • Expect Reduced Capacity: We may have limited capacity due to government and health department guidelines. To ensure proper social distancing by physical distancing, our wellness areas will have a limited capacity.
  • Remember to Wipe Down Equipment: Please help us reduce the risk of exposure by wiping down all equipment, weights, etc. with the provided cleaning materials.

YMCA Reopening Guidelines & FAQs

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Aquatics


Are reservations required to use the pool?

Reservations are required for lap lanes. Simply visit our new online reservations system. Reservations will open 72 hours in advance.

Will Pools Be Open?

Lap Pools

Lap pools are open.

Pool Schedules can be found here.

Leisure Pools

Leisure pools for open swim and Vortex pools are open.

Pool Schedules can be found here.

Vortex Pools

Vortex pools are open.

Outdoor Pools

Closed for the season.

Hot Tubs

Hot tubs are open.

What changes can I expect in the pool area?
  • Face mask are required to be worn until entering and upon exiting the pool during water exercise classes, lap swim and swim team.
  • Pool occupancy will be limited to a location-specific capacity and will be first-come, first serve.
  • A minimum of 9 feet physical distance will be required. 
  • Our pools are open.
  • Maximum of one person per lap lane, per reservation will be allowed at this time.
  • Vortex pools are open.
  • All members must shower prior to pool use. 
  • Hot tubs are open. Please check schedules for open times. 
  • Saunas and steam rooms remain closed.
  • Swim testing will be available, with wristbands available at Member Services.
  • Limited pool equipment will be available and varies by location. 
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols of high touch areas will happen. 
  • Waterslides and features are temporarily closed. 
  • As capacity restrictions are increased from 25 percent, we will be able to offer additional important swim programs for our community.
Will Y Splash Decks be open?

Splash Decks are now closed for the season.

Do I need to bring a life jacket or pool equipment?

The Y will provide lifejackets and pool equipment. You are welcome to bring your own.

Do I need to sign up for a Water exercise class?
  • Reservations are required for water exercise classes. Making reservations is easy. Simply visit our new online reservations system. Reservations will open 72 hours prior to the scheduled class time.  You will also find the new reservations system in the Y app under the “Find a Class” option.
  • For a list of all Water exercise class offerings, please visit our website or our Y App.
     
What are you doing to ensure the pool area is safe and clean?
  • Consistent cleaning of high-touch points – railings, ladders, door handles and seating areas will happen.
  • Pool seating will be spaced 6 feet apart and observers will be required to wear a mask
What do parents need to know about open swim?

During open swim parents need to be on the pool deck based on the child’s age and/or swim ability. Observers on the pool deck are required to wear a mask at all times. The Y will provide lifejackets and pool equipment. You are also welcome to bring your own.

  • Kids ages 6 and under are welcome in the pool, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times—unless they are able to pass an appropriate YMCA swim test. Children who pass the swim test must still have a parent in the pool area. Youth ages 5 and over may be in the pool without a completed swim test while wearing a lifejacket.
  • Kids ages 7-9 are welcome in the pool, so long as a parent or guardian is somewhere in the building—if they have not passed a swim test, they must be in a lifejacket.
  • Kids ages 10-14 are welcome to enjoy the pool alone—and do not need to have a parent or guardian present, unless they have not passed a swim test, in which case, they must be in a lifejacket.
Are Swim Lessons Available?

Yes, swim lessons are available, with the exception of parent and child classes. Sessions are held throughout the year. Learn more about swim lessons here.

Cleaning Protocols


What can I expect for facility cleaning?
  • Stringent sanitation protocols for proper disinfection, operation and maintenance continue to be followed as well as additional procedures to achieve a new level of cleanliness.  
  • Continuous scheduled disinfection of high-touch surfaces throughout the YMCA will occur.
  • Facility hours are adjusted to allow for overnight deep cleaning
  • Staff is receiving ongoing training on cleaning protocols.
  • Easy, readily available equipment disinfectant spray is available for use.
  • Hand-sanitizing stations for you to use are conveniently located throughout the Y. 
Have Y locations been deep-cleaned?

All YMCA locations have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Facility Guidelines & Procedures


What changes will I see when I come back to the Y?

Masks are required throughout the fitness center, including while working out. Masks will not be required when in the pool or shower, when opened.

Reservations are now required for lap pool lanes, open swim, water exercise classes, open gym and pick-up basketball games. Simply visit our new online reservations system. Reservations will open 72 hours in advance.  

Most branch locations will have the following new operating hours:

  • Monday - Friday: 5 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

Hours for Dayton at Gaviidae:

  • Monday - Friday: 6 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Aquatics and Fitness Wristband Policy

  • Wristbands will be available for Youth Fitness/Swim Tests at the front desk only in a no-contact transfer.

Business and Program Transactions

  • All membership and program business transactions should be conducted online or by phone.

Facility Capacity Limits

  • Expect reduced capacity, and remember to observe recommendations to stay physically distanced from others.
  • Building occupancy will be limited to no more than 25%, with a maximum of 250 people and  will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Facility Time Limits

  • There is currently not a time limit for member visits to the pool or fitness center.

Social Distancing Practices to Physical Distance

  • One-way indoor traffic patterns are implemented where possible.
  • Spacing markers are on floors and seating to keep everyone 6 feet apart.
  • Increased spacing between equipment and within workout areas allows for appropriate social distancing.

Expect to Arrive 15 Minutes Before Classes/Pool Usage for Health Screen and Check In

  • Access to the facility will be via self check-in with no on-site transactions.
  • Before entering, please be sure you can answer “no” to the questions below and agree to abide by physical distancing protocols.
    • Have you or anyone in your house traveled to another country in the last 14 days?
    • Within the last 14 days, has someone in your household tested positive for COVID-19?
    • Are you currently experiencing any symptoms of illness?
    • Do you have any concerns with abiding by our new guidelines which include practicing physical distancing, increased cleaning and monitoring your health while at the Y?
Do I have to wear a mask?

The health and safety of our members and staff is always our top priority.

Our Minnesota mask policy has been updated. Per Governor’s orders, masks are required for everyone in the facility for all activities. Children from infant to 5 years old do not need to wear a mask. Those with medical conditions that are unable to wear a mask must wear a full face shield. Masks must be worn at all times except when swimming or showering before you enter the pool.

At our Hudson Y where pools and showers are open, you do not need to wear a mask when swimming or showering, when on a piece of cardio equipment, running on the track or in mask-optional cardio-based group exercise classes. Masks are required on the pool deck at all times.

Please help us keep you, our team and our members safe and healthy by wearing your mask.

What if I forget my mask. Do you have masks available?

Should you forget a mask, a limited supply will be available.

Is there a maximum time allowed per member visit?

There is currently not a time limit for member visits to the pool or fitness center.

What areas of the facility are open with restrictions?
  • Lobby
  • Restrooms
  • Locker Rooms
  • Wellness/Fitness Center
  • Studios
  • Walking Track (if applicable)
  • Racquetball/Handball Court (if applicable)
  • Outdoor Trails (if applicable)
  • Roof Top Studio/Deck (if applicable)
  • Lap, Leisure and Vortex pools
  • Hot Tubs
What areas of the Y will be closed?

To ensure safety, a number of areas will be temporarily closed, including:

  • Lobby and community seating areas. Some of our seating will be removed and other seating will be physically spaced.
  • Coffee stations
  • Saunas and steam rooms
  • Playgrounds will be available for Y programs only
  • Aquatic play features/waterslide
  • Indoor play scape/ zone will be available for Y programs only
  • Youth rooms 
  • Skate parks
  • Climbing walls  
  • Healthy Living Kitchen (if applicable)
  • Massage/acupuncture (if applicable)
What programs and activities will be available?
  • Virtual Y and Y At Home programs
  • Group Exercise. Studio capacity will vary by class and studio size, but shall not exceed 25 people. Reservations are required.
  • Limited ForeverWell Programs
  • Early Childhood and on-site School Age Child Care Programs (requires pre-registration)
  • Food Distribution Program
Can I hang out and socialize before or after my workout/pool use?
  • While we understand that connecting with others is an integral part of the Y experience, we also have to balance that with our need to be safe. 
  • We have removed community seating areas and are asking members to limit their workout time to one hour to allow other members to access the facility. 
  • Members are more than welcome to continue visiting outside of the Y at a safe distance.
Will I need to pre-register to access the Y?

No, building occupancy will be on a first-come, first-served basis. However, Reservations are now required for lap pool lanes, open swim, water exercise classes, open gym, pick-up basketball games and group exercise classes. Simply visit our new online reservations system. Reservations will open 72 hours in advance.

At what age can a youth use the YMCA on their own?

Youth can be unaccompanied at the Y when they are 10 years old.

What should I bring to the Y?
  • Please bring a mask, workout towel, water bottle and yoga mat, if needed. 
  • Please wear a mask, which is required unless you are in the pool or in the shower.
I put my membership on hold, how do I reactivate it?
I want to come back to the Y but I can no longer afford my membership rate, what can I do?
Are you offering alternatives for older members or those of us with underlying conditions that make it risky to go out in public

We are aware that not all members will be comfortable with returning to the Y right away. We will continue offering online resources through Y and Home and Virtual Groups. Use the Activity Finder to find live classes and social groups.

Can I bring a guest with me?

Y Members permitted only, no guests

Fitness/Wellness Centers


What changes can I expect on the Fitness Center Floor?
  • Masks will be required for all activities, including while on cardio equipment, running on the track or lifting weights.
  • Equipment will be spaced, marked or alternated to meet physical distancing requirements. 
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols are occurring. 
  • Cleaning stations of disinfectant spray and wipes will be available to encourage cleaning of equipment before and after use. 
Will the cardio equipment be available?

Yes, cardio equipment will be available and can be used for up to 45 minutes.

Will free weights, weight machines and other strength training equipment be available?

Yes, members can use strength training equipment for up to 60 minutes (1 hour).

Will you be doing Youth Fitness Orientations?

Youth Orientations are not currently available.

What are you doing to clean the cardio and strength training equipment?

Fitness center staff will circulate and sanitize machines and equipment after member use. We are also asking members to clean their own equipment before and after each use. 

Will Personal Training, Group Training and Pilates be available when you reopen?

Yes, personal training, Group Training and Pilates will be available.

Are walking tracks open?

Yes and physical distancing requirements are still expected.

ForeverWell


What ForeverWell programs and classes will be available?

Initial class offerings will be limited, but may include:

  • ForeverWell Balance 
  • ForeverWell Cardio
  • ForeverWell Combo
  • ForeverWell Group Cycle 
  • ForeverWell Stretch 
  • ForeverWell Strength
  • ForeverWell Water X
  • ForeverWell Yoga
  • Gentle Yoga
  • Silver Sneakers® Yoga Chair 
  • Yoga
  • Wellness Check Calls
  • Virtual Group Exercise and virtual social classes will continue. For an updated schedule, please visit ymcanorth.org or class list on YMCA App. 

George Wellbeing


How do we schedule an appointment?

To schedule or reschedule an appointment please call 612-465-0468.

Why are the doors locked?

As we emerge from COVID closing, service offerings are limited and doors will be closed until we return to full operation.

Can I bring someone to the appointment?

We ask that you please come to your appointment alone per CDC restrictions. Only those with an appointment will be able to enter.

Are you offering group experiences?

Group Acupunture is being offered at the Blaisdell and Midway YMCA locations. RSVP and payment is required at least 24 hours prior to attending. Please call Blaisdell at 612-827-5401 or Midway at 651-646-4557 to learn more or book your spot. The downtown Minneapolis location will remain open for in person 1 on 1 appointments and virtual (by appointment only) and will continue to follow rigorous COVID safe-to-operate protocols to reduce risk. For the Minneapolis location, please call 612-465-0468 to schedule your appointment.

Group Exercise/Studio Class


What Group Exercise classes will be offered?

Please check our Y app or website for a list of current available classes and to make a reservation.

Group Exercise studio capacity will vary by class and studio size, but shall not exceed 25 people.

What changes can I expect during and after class?
  • Masks will be required in all group exercise classes.
  • Due to the Safe-to-Operate Plan, capacity will be limited to 25 participants per class.
  • A minimum of 6 feet physical distance will be required during class.  
  • Members should bring their own mats, towels and water bottles.
  • Class length is no more than 60 minutes (1 hour).
  • Sanitizing wipes will be located at the entrance/exit of each studio for Member use. 
  • Studios and equipment will be thoroughly cleaned after each class. 
Can I hang out and socialize after my workout?
  • While we understand that connecting with others is an integral part of the Y experience, we also have to balance that with our need to be safe, therefore we have removed community seating.
  • Members are more than welcome to continue visiting outside the Y at a safe distance.
Will members be sharing equipment?

No, equipment will not be shared between participants. 

Do I need to sign up for a Group Exercise class?

Reservations are required for group exercise classes. Making reservations is easy. Simply visit our new online reservations system. Reservations will open 72 hours prior to the scheduled class time. You will also find the new reservations system in the Y app under the “Find a Class” option.

For a list of all group exercise class offerings, please visit our website or our Y App

Can I save a spot for my friend?

Due to limited class size, you will only be able to select your own spot.

Gym/Racquetball/Handball


Will the gym be open?

Our gyms will be open with limited capacity for programs and open gym.

Are Reservations required for the gym?

Reservations are required for open gym, pick-up basketball and pickleball. Making reservations is easy and can be made up to 72 hours in advance. Simply visit our new online reservations system.

Will racquetball/handball courts be open for use?

Yes, the courts will be available only for groups of 1 or 2 people. Traditional doubles games will not be permitted.

Will pickleball be offered?

Pickleball is available. Reservations are required and can be made up to 72 hours in advance in our new online reservations system.

Kids & Teens


What programs and/or areas will be available to youth when you reopen?

Youth are free to access the fitness center, gym, group exercise classes and pools. Reservations are required for the gym, pool and group exercise classes, and can be reserved 72 in advance in our new online reservations system.

Will indoor and outdoor playgrounds be open?

Our indoor and outdoor playgrounds are temporarily closed at this time. 

When is Kids Stuff Open and What Should I Expect?

Kids Stuff is open.

Please note, reservations are required.

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Hours:

Ages:

  • 6 weeks to 10 years

Guidelines:

  • Limited capacity will be practiced to insure safe physical distancing to abide by state and local group size guidelines.
  • Reservations are required and are available on a first-come, first-served basis; capacity is limited.
  • Kids Stuff is available to YMCA members only who are participating in on-site YMCA programs; no guests allowed at this time.
  • Items from home are not permitted.
  • Check-In and Check-Out will take place at Kids Stuff
  • Toys will be sanitized every hour on a rotational schedule. 
  • Outdoor/playground time will be available for ages 4-10 years; in inclement weather, we will have an indoor area for kids to play. Indoor play structures will not be available.
Will the Activity Center/Youth Center/Teen Center be open?

No, these areas will be closed temporarily at this time. 

Are Reservations Required for Kids Stuff?

Yes, reservations are required for Kids Stuff. Our online reservation system will accept reservations 72 hours in advance, and close 30 minutes prior to the session start time.

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Hours vary by location. View Kids Stuff schedule for all locations.

  • Please arrive promptly at your time of reservation or you will forfeit your reservation.
  • Please pickup promptly at the time of pickup, as Kid’s Stuff will close for cleaning.
  • Kids Stuff is available to YMCA members only who are participating in onsite YMCA program. No guests allowed at this time.

Locker Room & Towel Service


Will the locker rooms be available?

Yes, the following protocols will be put in place:

  • There will be reduced locker availability to ensure 6 feet of distance between lockers.
  • Toilet area will be open for use.
  • Sinks will be open for use.
  • Showers in all locker rooms are available with required distance.
  • Hair dryers are available.
Will towel service still be available?

Towel service for large or sweat towels will not be available.

Ways to Help Keep Each Other Safe


What can I do to help keep me and others safe?
  • If you’re feeling sick, please stay home.
  • Wipe Down Equipment
    • Use the cleaning materials provided. Wipe equipment before and after your workout.
  • Keep Your Distance
    • Respect all signs regarding social distancing to physical distance. Stay at least 6 feet away from others wherever possible.
  • Expect Reduced Capacity
    • At times of full capacity, you will be asked to wait in a designated area until space is available.
  • Wear Your Mask
    • Face coverings are required at the Y unless you are in the pool or taking a shower.

Youth Sports


Are participants required to wear a mask during practices and games?

Face masks are required to be worn by participants at all times this includes on the “bench,” practices, warming up and during indoor competition. Find more details on our COVID protocols here.

Are spectators allowed at practices and games?

Yes, only one person who is 16 years of age or older will be permitted to stay on the premise to view and indoor class or league game for a participant. Spectators may enter the gymnasium to watch participants complete only during league. You can find more detailed COVID safety protocols here.

Y App


The Y app is useful to have the best fitness and wellbeing experience. We’ve made lots of changes to our virtual offerings, including our app. The Y lets you:

  • Scan in at the front desk for a faster, touchless experience.
  • Find the most current schedules for group exercise
  • Keep updated on our re-opening of programs and activities
  • The app is FREE for all Members and available for iOS and Android devices