Y Centers

Y centers opened on Friday, June 19th at 5pm as part of the Governor’s decision to fully complete the state’s transition into Stage Two of the Maryland State Roadmap to Recovery.

A lot of work has gone into keeping our associates and members safe. The information on this page will tell you what to expect at the Y, program and space availability, and how we are protecting your health and safety.

In a continuous effort to keep everyone safe, effective 11/18/20, we are adjusting our mask policy to now require mask usage at the Y, without exceptions, unless you are in the swimming pool or the shower.

We understand that this is somewhat stricter than our previous policy, which was consistent with state requirements, but we believe that it is the right thing to do at this time to protect the health of our members and associates.

While in our family center Ys and Y swim centers, all individuals must wear a mask fully covering their nose and mouth at all times, including during cardio exercise.

You are invited to read our LETTER FROM THE CEO or view our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS concerning mask use, for more information regarding this decision.

Remember to check back often as we will update our Reopening Guide accordingly as information changes and/or new regulations are announced by state or local officials. We will also continue to communicate via email and on Facebook. If you are a Y member and have not been receiving our emails, please make sure we have your preferred email address HERE.
 

 


OUR REOPENING TIMELINE

Y CENTERS ARE OPEN  
The Greater Annapolis Y in Arnold The Y in Pasadena
The Y in Catonsville The Y in Parkville
The Y in Perry Hall The Orokawa Y in Towson
The Y in Druid Hill The Weinberg Y in Waverly
The Ward Y in Abingdon The Dancel Y in Ellicott City
The Hill Y in Westminster The Y Swim Center in Randallstown

You can be assured that our facilities have strict health and safety protocols, significant new signage, are regularly deep-cleaned, promote social distancing, and have other new features to enhance your safe usage. Additionally, our Y associates are fully prepared to implement our new safety procedures and we are completely ready to receive you with your health and safety as our number one priority.


This brief video will give you a visual sense of what to expect:

 

 

 


PROGRAM AND SPACE AVAILABILITY

Out of an abundance of caution to protect our members and associates alike, spaces, amenities and programs will be open in brief successive phasesA gradual phasing allows us to carefully manage and monitor our progress as we all become more comfortable in this new environment.
 

NOW OPEN

Personal Training: 1-on-1 or Partner Training

Personal Trainers will wear face coverings. Depending on your proximity and the level of exertion, your trainer may also request that you wear a face covering during portions of your session. Learn more about Y Personal Training and GET STARTED HERE


FitQuest Orientations

Y Fitness Coaches will wear a face covering at all times and members will be required to wear a face covering as well, depending on proximity to the fitness coach and level of exertion. Learn more and SCHEDULE A FITQUEST ORIENTATION


Indoor and Outdoor Group Exercise

Indoor and outdoor group exercise is available. To participate in a class, go to the center and scan in. You’ll be given a token for your class. Take the token to your instructor and drop it in the container. 

Click the button below for group exercise guidelines.

See Group Exercise Guidelines



Family Gym

Most Y centers offer family gym times where families can run, jump, dribble, and play in the comfort of their own space. Bring your own equipment or use our sanitized equipment. Reservations are limited to one per day per family. Up to six people can be included in one reservation slot. Reservations are required.

Reserve Family Gym Time

 

Lap Swim/Water Walking

Most indoor and outdoor Y pools are available for lap swim or water walking. Reservations are required and may be booked 48 hours in advance of your desired swim time. For example, a 10:00am time slot on Thursday will become available at 10:00am on Tuesday. Click the button below for lap swim guidelines and to reserve a lane.

Reserve Lap Swim


Family Swim

Family swim time is available at most Y centers. Reservations are required and may be booked two days in advance of your desired family swim time. Click the button below for family swim guidelines and to make a reservation. 
 

Reserve Family/Open Swim


Water Exercise Classes

Water exercise classes are available at most Y centers. Pre-registration is required and is available two days prior to your desired class. Click the button below for water exercise guidelines and registration.
 

Register for water exercise classes


Splash Pads

The splash pads at the Hill Y in Westminster and the Greater Annapolis Y in Arnold are open. Reservations are required and is available two days prior to your desired splash pad day. Click the button below for splash pad guidelines and to make a reservation.
 

Reserve Splash Pad Time

 

Fitness Floors

  • Effective 11/18/20: All individuals must wear a mask fully covering their nose and mouth at all times, without exceptions, including during cardio exercise.
  • Please wipe down equipment before and after use.
  • Antibacterial wipe stations are marked with blue flags throughout the fitness floor so they can be easily spotted. Y associates will also clean equipment throughout the day.
  • Water fountains are out of service, but we have installed water bottle filling stations for you. Please remember to bring your own water bottle!
  • Equipment has been removed and/or moved to create more space.
  • Every other piece of cardio equipment has been taken out of service to maintain proper distance.
  • Please limit your use of each piece of equipment to 30 minutes.
  • When waiting for equipment, please maintain proper social distancing.
  • Locker rooms are open and will be regularly deep cleaned with some lockers blocked off to maintain proper distancing. Day lockers are also available for your use in the fitness floor and lobby areas. Please use sanitizing wipes to clean the day lockers before and after use.


Stay & Play 

  • Mon-Fri: 8am - 11am, 4 - 7pm
  • Sat: 9am - 12pm
  • Sun: Closed
  • Perry Hall Y Only: Mon-Fri, 4-7pm | Sat: 9am -12pm | Sun: Closed
  • Druid Hill Y Only: Mon-Fri, 5-7pm | Sat: 10am-12:30pm | Sun: Closed
  • Capacity: 15 children maximum
  • Minimum age: 12 months
  • At this time, Stay & Play will operate on a drop-in basis. We will institute a reservation system if needed. Please use the floor markers to maintain proper social distancing when waiting to check-in your child.
  • Children entering Stay & Play will receive a visual health screening and a temperature check with a contactless thermometer.
  • Children ages two and over are required to wear face coverings.
  • Members using Stay & Play must remain in the center and must pick up their child(ren) within 90 minutes.
  • Some toys and activities have been taken out of use for health and safety precautions.
  • Children who are ill should not attend Stay & Play and should not be brought to the Y.


Lobbies

Limited seating and tables. Coffee and/or food offerings are not available at this time. 

ANTICIPATED TO OPEN AS SOON AS WE CAN DO SO SAFELY
  • Family Rooms
  • Cafes
  • Splash Pad at the Y in Pasadena
TEMPORARY CLOSURES

We expect the following spaces to be closed temporarily, at least for the first few weeks as we assess capacity, safety, etc.

  • Saunas
  • Rock Walls
  • Other high touch/close contact areas
Y CENTER PROGRAMS

Programming in our Y centers such as swim lessons, are slowly reopening. Please contact your Y center for more information on program availability. 

While we know this represents a lot of change from what is your normal Y experience, we are trying to ensure the safest environment possible for all of our members and associates. The guidelines and restrictions above are a result of close review of recommendations from and/or consultation with the CDC, state and local health departments, and other relevant professionals. Many of the above guidelines are required. In all cases, health and safety is always our first priority.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions 

An image of sign describing the steps the Y will take to keep members safe

Given the importance of extensive precautions to keep our community as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have summarized the health and safety measures we are taking throughout our facilities and Y program spaces, both indoors and outside.

VIEW ENHANCED SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

USE OF MASKS/FACE COVERINGS

  • EFFECTIVE 11/18/20: We are adjusting our policy to now require mask usage at the Y, without exceptions, unless you are in the swimming pool or the shower. We understand that this is somewhat stricter than our previous policy, which was consistent with state requirements, but we believe that it is the right thing to do at this time to protect the health of our members and associates. While in our family center Ys and Y swim centers, all individuals must wear a mask fully covering their nose and mouth at all times, including during cardio exercise.
  • All Y associates are required to wear face coverings at all times in Y facilities
  • Children ages two and over are required to wear face coverings while in Y family centers.
  • For outdoor activities such as outdoor group exercise, masks are not required as long as adequate social distancing is possible.
  • Acceptable face coverings include masks, scarves, bandanas, and gaiters that fully cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of your face without gaps. We do not allow masks with exhalation valves or vents.
  • Masks are not required in the pool, though we require that you wear your mask on the pool deck until you enter the pool, and upon exiting. You may also remove your mask to shower on the pool deck or in the locker room, but otherwise you must wear it in the locker room.
  • Masks may be temporarily lowered or raised to hydrate.
  • For Frequently Asked Questions concerning mask use, CLICK HERE.
  • To read our letter from the CEO concerning mask use, CLICK HERE.

Thank you for helping us  keep everyone as safe and comfortable as possible. We very much appreciate and need your cooperation.

In addition to wearing your mask, you should also bring with you:

Water Bottle
Our water fountains will be out of service, but we have installed water bottle filling stations for you. Please remember to bring your own water bottle!

Mat
If you are participating in indoor or outdoor group exercise, you must bring your own mat (if needed).

Please Help Us Maintain a Healthy Environment for All

  • Stay home if you or anyone in your house is feeling ill and please follow public health guidelines about when it is safe to return.
  • Effective 11/18/20: While in our family center Ys and Y swim centers, all individuals must wear a mask fully covering their nose and mouth at all times, including during cardio exercise - without exceptions, unless you are in the swimming pool or the shower. For outdoor activities such as outdoor group exercise, masks are not required as long as adequate social distancing is possible.

    We understand that this is somewhat stricter than our previous policy, which was consistent with state requirements, but we believe that it is the right thing to do at this time to protect the health of our members and associates.
     
  • Follow social distancing and all required health policies while in the Y.
  • Wash your hands (and your child's hands) regularly and thoroughly (at least 20 seconds).
  • Thoroughly wipe down all equipment before and after each use.
  • Use a tissue to catch a sneeze or cough. Quickly and safely discard it in the trash.
  • Please support and be patient with our associates as they work to keep everyone safe.

Thank you!

Though we are dedicated to opening as many of our health and wellness offerings as fast as we can (and a lot has already opened), doing it right and doing it safely will always override doing it fast. Not surprisingly, we heard overwhelmingly from our recent member survey that you are most concerned about returning to a safe environment. We feel accountable to that interest, first and foremost. 
 
Doing it right and doing it safely mandates that we make sure our teams are ready and that all the training and new protocols we’ve worked hard to develop are being properly implemented. In the midst of a pandemic, we cannot responsibly stress-test all of our offerings all at once. Good management requires that we assure quality and safety by a gradual return to full services rather than a rushed, all-in fashion on day one. 
 
We will layer in additional programs and services as we get a better sense of facility use in this new environment, while observing our teams and new procedures in action. This way, we can course correct if needed before returning to full service. 
 
At the same time as most of our programs and spaces are gradually reopening, we expect that some will remain closed a while longer as we assess how to safely manage them. This includes elements such as rock walls, saunas, and swim instruction.

We are limited to operating at 50% capacity. At this time we are not requiring reservations for visits to the Y, however we will monitor traffic flow carefully and are prepared to implement a reservation system should that become necessary, based on usage patterns.

Yes. We are currently running both indoor and outdoor group exercise classes at most Y centers. To participate in a class, just go to the center and scan in. You’ll be given a token for your class. Take the token to your instructor and drop it in the container. Easy as that!

For details and to register, please CLICK HERE

Yes. Small group personal training is available. Small group training combines the energy of group exercise with the individual attention of personal training. Classes are limited to 6-8 participants are are led by a certified personal trainer. 

Learn more.

Most Y pools are opening for lap swim, water walking, family swim, and water exercise classes. The splash pads at the Hill Y in Westminster and the Y in Arnold are also open. All water/pool activities require a reservation and follow specific guidelines. Click the button below for details and to reserve pool time.
 

Reserve Pool Time

 

Guests are not permitted at this time due to reduced capacity. Only active Y members will be able to access the Y.  When capacity guidelines change, we will re-evaluate this practice.

  • If you were able to continue paying your membership rate in full or in part, your fees were considered a donation to support our community crisis work. Upon reopening, membership fees will no longer be counted as donations. As promised, year-end tax letters will be provided to document your generosity.
     
  • If you supported the Y by paying a partial membership fee, your fee will return to its regular rate when we reopen. You will see the adjustment in the bank draft following our reopening.
     
  • If you placed your membership on a temporary hold, we hope that with our reopening plans now taking shape, you feel comfortable to re-activate your Y membership. To do so, just contact customerservice@ymaryland.org. They will be happy to assist you.

As always, please let us know if you are experiencing financial hardships and we will try to help.

Yes! We offer Y Academic Support Centers which are safe and convenient locations, in over 20 schools and some Y centers across the region (with more expected to be added), where parents can confidently drop their children off to log in and participate in their school's virtual learning program and receive in-person academic support from Y associates specially trained in virtual learning support, many directly trained by your child's school system -- all while parents work and get their jobs done.

Learn more, see locations and register.

Our Y Preschool Centers are open and offering care for young children ages 6 weeks - 4 years old. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Our preschool centers also offer Y Academic Support for children ages 5-12. These dedicated spaces, which are separate from our regular preschool program, offer in-person support for school-age children so they can successfully complete their school’s virtual learning program. Learn more.