Keeping your YMCA Clean, Safe, and Enjoyable
We all play an important role in promoting Healthy Living and preventing the spread of germs.
At the Y, one of our areas of focus is Healthy Living, and maintaining a healthier lifestyle includes keeping a clean environment. We’re following best practices to help ensure that everyone visiting our family centers experiences a clean, safe environment.
At the Y, we continue to closely monitor and adhere to evolving guidance from health and government authorities, such as Executive Order 21-81 signed on April 2, 2021, by Governor DeSantis prohibiting the implementation of “COVID-19 vaccine passports.”
We’ll continue to share any updates to our safety precautions on our website and at our family centers. In the meantime, we are maintaining our enhanced safety measures across Y programs and facilities in accordance with CDC guidelines and local mandates, including the wearing of masks. Our priority is to maintain the safety and well-being of all in our care. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation to help us all stay healthy together.
Our staff members adhere to rigorous sanitation practices that follow public health and regulatory guidelines. In addition, our contracted cleaning service providers are accountable for remaining in the know on the latest recommendations from health agencies. We also have sanitation stations and disinfecting wipes for members to wipe down equipment, objects, and surfaces before and after use.
Masks and/or facial coverings are required upon entering our family centers and in common areas. They’re recommended for the duration of your workout, but not required. If you’re taking part in high-intensity exercise, as noted by the CDC, a mask is not recommended as it may cause difficulty breathing. To continue to prevent the spread of respiratory illness, our high-intensity equipment is arranged to promote at least 6 feet of distance between members and in a way that does not promote breathing in the vicinity or direction of someone else (such as facing a window).
At the Y, we pay close attention to local, regional, and national health news so that we can keep you updated on information and advisories from health agencies. We also stay proactively prepared should we need to quickly evolve our preventative measures and existing procedures in accordance with additional updates or recommendations from health agencies.
Please note that face masks are required when you enter the building and in common spaces of our family centers in Orange County, Seminole County, and the city of Ocala. This executive order mandates masks are to be worn by people 2 years and older. Masks won’t be provided, so please be sure to bring your own. Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
Members that present a signed physician’s note with their name (as it appears on their membership ID) listed on the note.
Y team members aren’t permitted to wear PPE intended for healthcare workers or gaiters per CDC recommendations.
What to Expect from the Y
- All YMCA staff wear face masks or coverings and gloves in areas of our family centers where appropriate.
- All staff members undergo a temperature check upon entering the facility.
- Our exercise equipment is organized in a way that allows members to maintain physical distancing during a workout.
- Stations for members to clean their hands are placed throughout our family centers for regular use.
- Limited areas of our family centers will remain closed for member and staff safety.
- Equipment, areas, and other surfaces are regularly cleaned and disinfected during operational hours.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends these actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.
Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Cover Your Cough
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and Disinfect Regularly
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Don’t Touch Your Face
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Avoiding Contact with Sick People
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you feel symptomatic, stay home when you’re sick if possible.
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Programs Safety Procedures
To ensure our members and participants remain healthy, we’ve implemented safety procedures for certain YMCA programs.
Learn more about specific safety procedures for popular YMCA programs like Youth Sports, swim lessons, and Safe Start lessons.