Current Guidelines at the YMCA

Our focus remains on safety of members and staff

It has been a long journey but we are proud to be serving our community once again! Everything we have done has been completed with the safety of our members and staff as our No. 1 priority. Please note that this information will be continuously updated. Check back regularly for new information.

Locations and Hours

Branch Hours
Eastside Family Branch 5:30 am-8 pm Monday-Friday
7 am-3 pm Saturday
8 am-1 pm Sunday
Schottland Family Branch 5:30 am-8:30 pm Monday-Friday
Please note: Pools close at 7:45 pm
7 am-3 pm Saturday
8 am-3 pm Sunday
Westside Family Branch 5:30 am-8:30 pm Monday-Friday
Please note: Pools close at 7:45 pm
7 am-3 pm Saturday
8 am-1 pm Sunday
Bay View Family Branch 5:30 am-1 pm & 3:30-8 pm Monday-Friday
7 am-3 pm Saturday
8 am-1 pm Sunday
Northwest Family Branch 5:30 am-1 pm & 3:30-8:30 pm Monday-Friday
7 am-3 pm Saturday
8 am-1 pm Sunday
Maplewood Family Branch 6 am-8 pm Monday-Friday
7 am-3 pm Saturday
9 am to Noon Sunday
Southwest Family Branch 6 am to Noon & 5-8 pm Monday-Friday
9 am to Noon Saturday                                      Closed Sunday
Corning Family Branch 5:30 am-8 pm Monday-Friday
7 am-3 pm Saturday
Closed Sunday

What You Need to Know Before Coming to the Y

Our reopening plan prioritizes the health and well-being of our members, staff and the communities we serve, taking into account CDC guidelines and the guidelines and recommendations of state and local government authorities. Below are major highlights:

  • Mask Policy: Due to the recent update from the CDC, an increase of COVID cases across our region, and the fact that Monroe County is now considered a “substantial” transmission area for COVID-19, the YMCA of Greater Rochester has amended our mask policy. Effective August 3:
    • We strongly recommend all members of the YMCA, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask.
    • All children age 2 and older in youth facing programs — including Day Camp, Summer Quest, Power Scholars, youth sports, child care and child watch — will be required to wear a mask when indoors.
    • All staff members in youth facing programs, regardless of their vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask at all times. This applies to programs held indoors and outdoors — including Day Camp, Summer Quest, Power Scholars, youth sports, child care and child watch.

    We ask you to demonstrate the YMCA Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility toward each other and our staff.

  • Group exercise classes will increase capacity where able.
  • Most equipment will be reopened for use in our Wellness Centers.
  • Whirlpools are open. Most saunas and steam rooms are open.
  • Non-bottle water filling drinking fountains will be reopening soon.
  • All HVAC systems have been upgraded to have air filtration systems with a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) of MERV-13, or highest rating available compatible with their system, but no less than a MERV-11 rating.
  • All equipment, locker rooms and restrooms will be cleaned with COVID-19 approved cleaners.
  • Members will be asked to use provided cleaning supplies to clean equipment before and after each use.
  • Lost and Found efforts are discontinued until further notice. We will try and save non-clothing, high value items (phones, head phones, wallets, etc.) to the best of our ability.
  • Guests are not permitted.
    • Our participation in the National Reciprocity Program has been reinstated.
  • Health screens are no longer required for facility access. Members will be required to scan in using their key tag or the YMCA of Greater Rochester app.

Your Favorite Programs and Areas

Wellness Centers, Group Exercise Classes and Gymnasiums

Child Care Areas and Programming

  • Child Watch is available for up to two hours. Registration is still required at this time. View how to register for Child Watch here.
    • Child Watch is available and free for those with Family, Individual Parent & Family Plus Memberships only
      • For facilities with one Child Watch location, children ages six weeks through 12 years are served in that one location.
      • For facilities with two locations: Child Watch serves children ages six-weeks to 5 years and the Adventure Center/Depot/Mystery Cavern/Fun Fit area serves children ages 5 years to 12 years.
  • Youth Sports programs are available for members only.
  • Effective July 5, registration is no longer required for Family Time.

Pools and other Aquatic Spaces

  • Registration will remain at this time for aquatic exercise and lap swim. Details on how to register for Lap Swim can be found here.
  • Open swim, water walking and family swim do not require registration.
  • Whirlpools are available. Steam Rooms and Saunas are set to reopen soon.
  • Members must take a warm, soapy shower before entering pool area.
  • Age requirements in our pools:
    • Children 5 and younger must have an adult member (18+) in the pool with them at all times.
    • Children ages 6 years to 8 years must have an adult member (18+) on the pool deck at all times.
    • Children 9+ must have an adult in the facility at all times.
    • Children 15 and younger who want to swim in the deep end must first successfully pass the deep end test.

Cleaning Procedures and COVID-19 Transmission Prevention

The YMCA of Greater Rochester is committed to maintaining a clean and safe environment utilizing products that meet EPA’s criteria. We have increased our already rigorous cleaning practices to include:

  • Each facility is cleaned and disinfected prior to opening and after closing each day.
  • All staff has been trained in regards to how they can reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • All equipment is cleaned throughout the day and before opening and after closing.
    • This is in addition to members cleaning equipment before and after use, and Group Exercise instructors cleaning equipment.
  • Enhanced cleaning protocol focus on high-traffic, high-touch common areas.
  • Water systems were flushed before opening.
  • We have increased ventilation rates and increased the percentage of clean outdoor air that circulates.
  • Acrylic barriers have been installed at Welcome Centers and check in areas to provide extra protection for staff and members.
  • Spacing markers have been placed on the floors to enable social and physical distancing.

Specifications of cleaning product names and details are available upon request.

How You Can Help

Our reopening can and will be successful with members and Y staff working together. We are asking all members to behave in a responsible way by adhering to the following:

  • If you are sick, stay home. If you have a temperature, stay home. If someone in your house is sick, stay home. If you have allergies and can’t control sneezing, stay home.
  • Wipe down each piece of equipment you use before and after use and dispose of the wipe appropriately.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after you leave the building. If not possible, use hand sanitizer when you enter and before you leave the building.
  • Use online and outdoor workout services where you can.
  • Speak in a respectful tone while discussing social distancing or other concerns.

If members are not compliant with the new policies and protocols, they will be asked to leave the facility.

We Look Forward to Seeing You

Together we have learned so much over the past 15 months. We thank you for making the Y a safe, inviting place for all. We can’t wait to see you soon.

If you have any questions, please Contact Us.