What precautions should I take before entering the Y?

All staff, members, and vendors should review our five health screening questions prior to entering the facility. If you answer yes to any of these questions, you should not come to the Y that day. All staff will have their temperatures taken upon entry and we ask our members to do the same before they leave home. If you have a fever of 100.4 or higher, please stay home.

What if a member is not compliant with the new policies and protocols in place in each stage?

The member will be asked to immediately leave the facility.

What amenities will be available when you open?

Our available amenities include the following:

  • Wellness centers which include cardio, free weight, and selectorized strength equipment. These spaces have significant restrictions based on capacity and social distancing. Please be aware that some of your favorite equipment may be blocked off or not available at this time as pieces have been spaced or removed to maintain appropriate social distancing. 
  • Our indoor pools are open. Please see the branch specific schedule for times. 
  • Locker rooms and showers are available.  
    • Showers are open on a limited basis from open to close. Individual shower stalls are available and must be disinfected between each use: Staff will disinfect stalls every hour/ more frequent sanitation during high traffic times, disinfectant spray will be available for members to use; Communal showers unavailable.
  • Gymnasiums are open based on branch availability and scheduling.
  • Child Watch is available by reservation only.
  • Saunas and steam rooms are open with restrictions.
  • Racquetball is available for one-on-one play. Members must bring their own equipment.

Will the pool be open? Will outdoor pools open?

Our indoor pools are now open. Lap swimming will be available on a limited and first come first serve basis. A deckmate will be there to assist in accommodating members in the order of their arrival. Please refer to your branches’ schedule for availability.

Why are your hours shorter? Will all amenities be available when the facility reopens? When can we expect all amenities to be available?

As we built confidence in enforcing compliance with all COVID-19 preventative measures, our hours and offerings have continued to expand. The limited hours, amenity offerings, and branch operations are allowing us to open our facilities in a safe and measured way.

Will there be a limit on allowed capacity? How will you monitor capacity limits?

We are limiting the number of individuals allowed into the building to the number of available pieces of equipment in Wellness Centers and the number of people we can accommodate in the pool, group exercise classes, youth programming, and family time. We ask that you not only check in but also check out as you exit the facility.

Will gyms be open for basketball?

Gymnasiums are open and availability is based on branch specific scheduling. Pick-up games and any game that requires the sharing of a ball is not permitted at this time. However, members of the same household may share the use of a ball. Please bring your own ball as we will not have any available to borrow. Congregating in the gymnasium before or after play is not permitted.

Where is the coffee?

Coffee service is suspended at this time.

Why don’t you have towel service?

We have suspended towel service to assist in preventing the transmission of COVID-19 through soiled towels. Any fees on your account will be on hold.

Can I still purchase water from the welcome center? Will water fountains be available?

Please bring your own water bottle as water fountains will be closed. Only no-touch bottle filling stations will be available. Water can be purchased at the Welcome Center desk with a charge on your account as we are limiting cash transactions. Vending machines are also available in some facilities.

When will programming such as group exercise, sports, and swim lessons start again?

Land and water exercise classes are available at all membership branches. Our virtual classes are still available and can be found HERE.  Swim Lessons and Swim Team are available at all branches.

We will be gradually increasing our youth program offerings. Please see branch schedules for availability.

Is Child Watch Open?

Child Watch is availabe by reservations only LEARN MORE

Will the class sizes be smaller due to spacing concerns? Will the schedule be the same as before?

Yes- class sizes will be limited to the number of individuals that we can accommodate in the room while meeting social distancing requirements. To accommodate traffic patterns and have time to disinfect a room, the class schedules will be limited and will likely not be the same as before this pandemic.

Will we be offering classes that have specialized equipment?

Some equipment will not be available at this time.

Is there a restriction on who is allowed into the facility? When can children come into the facility?

Family Time is available based on branch availability and schedules. Members of the same household can schedule time to play together during this time.

We are restricting facility access to individuals 10 years and over at this time and providing time for families, seniors and immunosuppressed individuals. Children under the age of 10 need to be supervised by an adult in the facility at all times unless they are participating in a YMCA program. 

Youth ages 12-15 may use the wellness center unaccompanied after successful completion of a teen orientation with a wellness coach.  These orientations can be scheduled by calling your branch and asking to speak with the healthy living director.  Open teen time in both the pool and gymnasium/field house are available based on branch availability.

Youth of all ages may access the facility with an adult for Family Time and during a scheduled youth class.

We are offering reciprocity for Nationwide Membership, Military Outreach Y Members, as well as guest passes for those 18 years and older. 

What will happen if the building is at capacity?

We will ask members to wait in line at a socially distant 6 feet and will grant access in order of arrival as space becomes available.

How has the YMCA prepared their facilities for social distancing? Will I be required to social distance at all times? Will the treadmills and other equipment be spaced 6 feet apart?

We are implementing one-way indoor traffic patterns where feasible and placing markers on the ground and signage to remind everyone to follow social distancing measures. We will be enforcing a 6-foot social distance at all times.

Will YMCA staff be on hand to sanitize machines and weight equipment between each use? 

While we will have staff on hand to disinfect equipment, we ask that you use the provided cleaning supplies to clean the equipment before and after each use.

Will we be required to wear a mask? If so, do we have to wear one while working out or just in and out of the facility?

Members must wear a mask or face covering the entire time they are in the facility- especially while entering the facility, and walking through hallways. The only time not required to wear a mask is when actively exercising.  In accordance with CDC guidelines, it is not recommended that an individual wear a mask while in the pool. Our staff will be required to wear masks or face coverings in accordance with the Ohio Department of Health guidelines. Please be aware that the ODH guidelines allow for some exemptions and you may see a staff member without a mask.

How often are you cleaning surfaces and bathrooms?

All high-touch surfaces, doors, railings, and fitness equipment will be cleaned throughout the day, as well as before opening and after closing.

Will temperature checks be required prior to entry?

All staff will have their temperatures taken upon entry and we ask our members to do the same before they leave home. If you have a fever of 100.4 or higher, please stay home.

If the Y finds out a member or staff contracted the virus, will people be alerted if they were in the facility?

We will connect with the Lake County General Health District and follow the guidance that they provide, as well as assist with any contact tracing. 

Will hand sanitizer be available in every area of the facility or should I bring my own?

All staff, members, and vendors will be asked to wash or sanitize their hands upon entry and exit. There are additional sanitizing stations throughout the facility. Please use these stations regularly and let a staff member know if they are getting low.

Who did you consult as you planned your reopening?

To ensure all decisions are informed by the most up-to-date and relevant public health information, the Y has commissioned a COVID-19 Task Force composed of board members and community volunteers including a doctor from the Cleveland Clinic and a staff member from the Lake County General Health District. This team has provided guidance, unbiased perspectives, and critical thinking as the Y implements the outlined reopening plan. The plan also relies on guidance from the CDC, Governor’s orders, the Lake County General Health District, and the Y’s confidence in enforcing compliance with all COVID-19 preventative measures.


Will you have family only time in the buildings?

Family time may be available based on individual branch schedules. These schedules are available on the branch’s page here.  If interested, please call the branch to schedule time for your family.

What do I need to know before I arrive?

Please enter the pool/ gym area no more than 5 minutes prior to reserved time. If you arrive more than 10 minutes past your reservation start time, it will be forfeited and assigned to anyone waiting.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

For pool time please bring towels, life jackets, toys, and pool noodles. For gymnasium play please bring your own balls, toys, or other equipment needed. These items will not be available for loan. 

How will we reserve time?

Family Time will be set up in our membership software. You will be able to register for these the same way you register for a program. These reservations can be made up to 48 hours in advance.

How long will I have?

Each session is 45 minutes. You may be approved to stay longer if no one is waiting or the next space is not reserved.

What if we drop in without a reservation?

If an area is available, we will do our best to accommodate you. However, if all areas are full or reserved, then members may choose to wait or sign up for a different time that is available.