Based on the Governor’s decision to fully complete the state’s transition into Stage Two of the Maryland State Roadmap to Recovery, most Y Centers safely reopened their doors on Friday, June 19th at 5pm.
A lot of work has gone into the safe reopening of our Y Family Centers. The information on this page will tell you what to expect when you return, how we are protecting your health and safety, and much more. You may also jump to our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS where we have answered many of your burning questions!
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
|The Greater Annapolis Y in Arnold (outdoor pool are open as well, see below for details)|
|The Y in Pasadena (outdoor pool are open as well, see below for details)|
|The Y in Catonsville|
|The Y in Parkville|
|The Y in Perry Hall|
|The Orokawa Y in Towson|
|The Hill Y in Westminster|
|The Ward Y in Abingdon|
|The Dancel Y in Ellicott City|
|The Y in Druid Hill|
|The Weinberg Y in Waverly|
|The Y Swim Center in Randallstown||We expect to reopen soon and will communicate a firm date.|
|The Y Swim Center in Dundalk||We expect to reopen soon and will communicate a firm date.|
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 UPON REOPENING
Out of an abundance of caution to protect our members and associates alike, spaces, amenities and programs will be open in brief successive phases. A gradual phasing allows us to carefully manage and monitor our progress as we all become more comfortable in this new environment.
Outdoor Group Exercise
Indoor Pools: The Ys in Catonsville, Towson, Parkville, Abingdon, and Westminster
|OPENING ON FRIDAY, JULY 3|
Indoor Pools: The Dancel Y in Ellicott City, The Weinberg Y in Waverly
|ANTICIPATED TO OPEN AS SOON AS WE CAN DO SO SAFELY|
We expect the following spaces to be closed temporarily, at least for the first few weeks as we assess capacity, safety, etc.
|Y CENTER PROGRAMS|
Programming in our Y centers will be significantly reduced (i.e. youth sports, swim lessons, etc.) for an extended period of time.
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
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.
- Mask/Face Covering
Members are required to wear a mask or face covering when entering and exiting the center, when moving around the center, and when interacting with other members or Y associates. Members are not required to wear masks when actively engaged in exercise.
We have carefully reviewed the available information on this topic. There are varying perspectives regarding the relative risks of vigorous exercise while wearing a mask due to restricted airflow vs. the potential health benefits. With this in mind, we are following the Maryland Department of Health guidelines for indoor exercise. This guidance encourages the wearing of face coverings if individuals feel they can do so safely, but does not mandate it, as long as they are otherwise adhering to social distancing principles. We do, however, require the wearing of face coverings by all Y associates in our facilities, and by all members when they are interacting in close proximity with other members and associates. We will continue to monitor guidelines published by the CDC and Maryland Department of Health and will adjust this approach as necessary.
- 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!
If you are participating in outdoor group exercise, you must bring your own mat (if needed).
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 outdoor group exercise classes at several Y centers. Pre-registration is required as class sizes are currently limited. For details and to register, please CLICK HERE.
Conducting group exercise primarily outdoors allows us to serve more members, as we are limited by the current regulations to only nine class participants indoors. Outdoors, we can incorporate social distancing that allows us to have class sizes of up to about 20 members.
We are currently working on adding more classes outside and will notify our members as more outdoor exercise classes become available.
We will start to introduce more indoor group exercise classes over the next few weeks to accommodate more class times and more activities.
We will reintroduce our personal and small group training sessions as we get comfortable with our usage patterns. We expect this will happen within the next two weeks and will communicate when we are ready to move forward.
Many Y pools are opening for lap swim or water walking only:
- The outdoor pools at the Ys in Pasadena and Arnold are now open.
- The indoor pools at the Ys in Catonsville and Parkville, the Orokawa Y in Towson, the Hill Y in Westminster, and the Ward Y in Abingdon are now open.
- The indoor pools at the Dancel Y in Ellicott City and the Weinberg Y in Waverly will open on Friday, July 3rd.
- Members can reserve a lap lane for 60 minutes (45 minutes to swim, 15 minutes for our team can sanitize all touch points in preparation for the next swimmer).
- Reservations open 48 hours in advance.
- Please only book one time slot per day.
- Click the button below for lap swim guidelines and to reserve a lane:
Our pools at the Y in Druid Hill and the Y Swim Centers in Dundalk and Randallstown are expected to open in the coming weeks.
Guests will not be 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 email@example.com. 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.
We are thrilled to announce that our Y Preschool Centers are open and offering care for young children ages 2-4, as well as expanded enrichment programming for older children up to age 12!
For more information, please CLICK HERE.