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COVID-19 Response


Keeping Our Communities Healthy & Safe 

The health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, members, and the community remain the Y’s number one priority, with activity-specific safety plans and disease prevention measures enhanced while we all work together to stop the spread of COVID-19.  

We have a COVID Safety Plan and Policies in place to ensure we are following the recommendations of the Provincial authorities and any restrictions that have been put in place, and we continue to monitor the situation closely. 
 
As part of this plan, the YMCA has implemented a Mandatory Employee & Volunteer COVID-19 Vaccination Policy to support the safety of our team and those we are privileged to serve.  
 

YMCA Centres of Community: Proof of Vaccination Requirements 

  • All members, contractors and guests aged 12 and older who wish to access our YMCA Centres of Community will need to provide proof of two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine and will be required to complete a health screening upon entry. 

  • Our teams will be checking for proof of vaccination at the front desk, and we will require members to bring the necessary documentation every time they visit. 
     

Health Screening, Masks and Physical Distancing 

  • All participants, visitors, members and guests to YMCA programs are required to complete a COVID-19 health screening to access YMCA facilities.   

  • Masking requirements are in place for YMCA programs and services consistent with local public health requirements.  

  • Masks are required for all individuals ages 3 and up throughout common areas of all YMCA Centres of Community when not engaging in physical activity or swimming.  

  • Details and exemptions: 

  • Not required while swimming but necessary on the pool deck 

  • Children under the age of 3 are exempt 

  • Members and guests are asked to maintain physical distancing throughout all YMCA facilities, to stay home and get tested if sick, and to continue practicing healthy handwashing hygiene. 

YMCA Updates

January 20, 2022

Dear Valued YMCA Members…

Today the Ontario government announced a gradual lifting of the most recent public health measures, which will include the reopening of your YMCA on Monday, January 31, 2022.

Upon reopening, all YMCA memberships will be reactivated and membership fees will resume on Monday, January 31, 2022.

Under the provincial reopening plan, YMCAs like other gyms, will reopen at 50% capacity.

To support these safety guidelines, ensure your access to the YMCA, and avoid lineups, members will be required to pre-book their group fitness classes, aquatics programs, and recreational sports, including Open Gym times. Please note that pre-booking workouts in the Fitness Centre is not required at this time.

Bookings will open through the YMCA Portal on Saturday, January 29th.

Important Dates:

  • Reopening Date and Membership Fees Resume: Monday, January 31, 2022
  • Swim Lessons and Child & Youth Programs resume: Monday, January 31, 2022

As a reminder, members must complete the health screening prior to entering the YMCA and all members ages 12 and up must show proof of vaccination (with QR code) upon entry. Masks must be worn while in the YMCA, except while in the pool, showering or exercising.

We know our members are eager to return to their fitness routines, YMCA friends and connections and we can’t wait to welcome you back soon.

Sincerely,

Genevieve Hladysh
Senior Regional Manager, Health, Fitness & Aquatics

January 3, 2022

A Message to Our Valued YMCA Members:

Today, our Provincial government announced that the Province of Ontario would be returning to Step 2 of the provincial reopening plan, beginning Wednesday, January 5th, resulting in the closures of gyms, including the YMCA, for at least 21 days. We support the need to take this necessary step to reduce the rapid spread of the Omicron variant and ease the burden on our local health care system.

To make it convenient for members, we’re taking immediate steps to place all active YMCA memberships on-hold as of Wednesday, January 5th as all YMCA Health, Fitness & Aquatics facilities will be closed.

All memberships will automatically be placed on hold and no membership fees will be charged throughout the duration of the closures. No action is needed on your part. Membership payments will resume upon re-opening and we will give notice to members when that date is known.

How You Can Help

While we are taking immediate steps to place all active YMCA Memberships on hold, we ask members to consider directing their membership fees during this closure period towards a YMCA charitable donation. The pandemic continues to take its toll on many community organizations, including your YMCA. By directing your membership fees to our YMCA's areas of Greatest Need, you help support the continued vitality of your YMCA now and in the months and years ahead.

Donations during the closure and while your membership is on hold will be eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

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Please note that we will not be processing individual membership suspensions or cancellations until re-opening.

To help keep you healthy, active and connected to your Y, please check out the on-demand fitness classes and activities for all ages on our Virtual YMCA at YWeAreHere.ca.

As soon as we get the all clear to re-open again, memberships will be automatically reactivated for re-opening day.

Wishing you continued good health.

December 31, 2021

Yesterday the province announced some changes to COVID-19 testing and quarantine guidelines due to the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.

As part of our commitment to keep our members safe and do our part to reduce the spread, we have made some additional changes to programs effective January 3, 2022.

Swim Lessons & Children's Programs

Swim lessons and children's programs that were scheduled to restart the week of January 3rd, have now been delayed until January 17th. During this additional two week break, all YMCA Child & Youth memberships and payments will be placed on hold.

Basketball

Basketball will be limited to one individual per net. Members are asked to pre-book their time slot through the YMCA Portal.

Pickleball

Pickleball will be limited to singles play. Members may book their game time through the YMCA Portal.

Racquetball, Squash & Handball

Racquetball, Squash and Handball will remain temporarily closed until January 17th.

All other safety measures including capacity limitations remain in effect at this time. We'd like to remind all members to do their part in ensuring a safe and healthy environment:

  • Masks must be worn at all times when visiting the YMCA, except while taking part in physical activity when safely distanced; while showering; and while in the pool.
  • Clean equipment before and after use.
  • Practice physical distancing at all times.

Like many organizations in the community, we are experiencing shortages across many of our staff teams. The existing shortages, revised quarantine and reduction in PCR testing, means there may be intermittent impacts to programs. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

Thank you for helping us keep the YMCA a safe and healthy experience for all.

Enhanced Vaccine Certificate Required as of January 4, 2022

Beginning January 4, 2022, Ontarians will be required to use their enhanced vaccine certificate with official QR code when entering certain businesses, including the YMCA. Vaccine receipts without a QR code will no longer be accepted as valid proof of vaccination. To download your enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code, please visit: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/get-proof/