Our COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

COVID-19 Policies & Procedures

Please be assured that your safety - and the safety of all our members, program participants, staff and volunteers - is our number one priority. We’re following CDC guidelines ensuring our facilities meet the highest standards for hygiene and safety, and we have modified our policies and programs to facilitate safe physical/social distancing practices. We thank you for your help in keeping our facilities clean and safe for all.

 

Please check out this Welcome Back Video for further information:

 

 

Reference this helpful What's Open document for information on what will be open in the coming month.. 

 

Making Reservations for Facility Usage and Classes

We request all members make reservations for usage of all of our facility areas, including the Wellness Center, Pool, as well as for indoor and outdoor classes.  Class information will be featured on our Branch Facebook pages and can also be found here.  To reserve a spot for class or a time slot for usage of our Wellness Area or Pool, please call your Branch 24-hours in advance.  Classes and time slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 


Facebook Page Links:                  Branch Phone Number:
Allentown Branch                         (610) 351-9622
Bethlehem Branch                        (610) 867-7588
Easton/Phillipsburg Branch           (610) 258-6158
Nazareth Branch                          (610) 759-3440
Slate Belt Branch                         (610) 881-4470
Suburban North Branch                (610) 264-5221

 


Virtual Class Information


We've launched Y Wellness 24/7 to provide on-demand, virtual classes to Y members anytime and anywhere. This is part of all Y Greater Valley YMCA memberships.  Click here to learn more and register.

 


Programs and Services Currently Unavailable

 

Based on CDC guidelines and best practices, some programs and services (for example: saunas and steam rooms) are not currently available at our Branch locations. Please contact your local branch for questions about our full scope of services. We hope to phase in more programs and services as soon as possible.

 


CDC Screening Questions When Entering Our Facilities

1) Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?

2) Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath or sore throat? 

3) Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?

4) Have you had a new loss of taste or smell?

5) Have you had vomitting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours? 

 


Frequently Asked Questions

Progression of reopening of services is subject to change and will be based off CDC guidelines and Best Practices through our PA State Alliance and YUSA

 

What will be open?

Wellness Center and group exercise classes will be open on a reservation basis, first-come, first-serve. Please call your home branch to schedule your reservation 24 hours in advance.

 

Certain amenities that had previously been closed due to CDC restrictions are reopening in March. Some of these amenities include the use of showers and Child Watch. Contact your local branch for specifics on reopening date and details related to amenity usage. 

 

What hours will the Y be open?

All Branches: Monday to Friday - 6 AM to 8PM

Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton/Phillipsburg, Nazareth Branches: Saturday - 8 AM to 2 PM

Suburban North/Slate Belt Branches: Saturday 8 AM to 1 PM

Sunday - Closed

 

How will I access the Y?

There will be one point of access and one point of egress from all buildings.  Please make sure you are swiping in at the Welcome Center.

 

Will I need to be “checked-in” to the Y?

Upon arriving to your Y, you will be asked to stay 6 feet apart from the entrance as each member and staff will enter the building individually.  You will immediately hand sanitize, be asked 5 CDC wellness questions, and have your temperature taken to ensure you are 100.4 degrees or less.  Assuming you answer no to all CDC questions and have an acceptable temperature, you will then enter the building, scan your membership card, and wash your hands in the closest bathroom.  On your first visit, you will complete a new mandatory membership waiver.

 

Are there special procedures to use the Y besides the check-in process?

Reservations will be required to use the facility.  Please contact your local branch to schedule your one-hour time slot 24 hours in advance.  This one-hour time slot includes any dressing/undressing you may do to prepare to use your selected areas.

 

Do I need to wear a mask?

Due to current CDC guidelines, the Y adopted a “no mask, no service” policy.  We ask all entering our facilities to wear a cloth mask properly as advised by the Health Department, over your nose and mouth at all times. Those using the pool must properly wear a cloth mask to the pool deck, may remove your mask for active swimming, and replace your mask when exiting the pool deck. As the health and safety of our members, volunteers and staff are our foremost priorities, no medical or other exemptions will be made.

 

Can I bring gym bags and other personal effects to the Y?

Please contact your local branch about bags or other personal items other than your own personal drinking bottle of water. Water fountains are turned off. Towels for the pool and towel service will not be available.

 

Will I be able to bring guests to the Y?

The Y will be utilized by existing members and those new members only at this time.  Guests will not be allowed, and the AWAY program and Nationwide programs have been suspended until further notice. 

 

Will there be capacity limits?

There is a 50% maximum capacity for each area in use at your Branch.  Please contact your home Branch to schedule your reservation 24 hours in advance.

 

Will I be able to “sit and chat” with my friends?

We recognize you miss your friends and we do too, currently we will not have common areas open, nor will we be providing coffee service.  We ask that you practice social distancing whenever on the property.

 

How do I know what to do or where to go?

Welcome Center staff will assist in directing you where to go upon entering the facility.  There are also clearly marked arrows and signage posted throughout the facility to assist you.

 

Is the Y be clean and safe?

With your assistance, the Y is safer and cleaner than ever.  We ask members to clean all equipment prior to and after every use.  Staff will also be scheduled in each service area for extra cleaning during hours of operation as well as after shutdown. Check your local Branch for this schedule.  Staff also clean their respective workspaces every 30-60 minutes at a minimum.

 

How will I know if the Y is closed or an event is canceled?

We will be using our usual means of communication for cancelation, changes (WFMZ, Facebook, Website, Remind and RainedOut).

 

Is my favorite class or program coming back?

Contact your local Branch for details on programs and class information. 

Join the Y

 

Households across our community have different needs so we offer a variety of membership types. Each of our locations offer many different programs, schedules, and classes therefore offerings and fees may vary by branch.

 

Please select a branch near you for more information

 

Greater Valley YMCA Membership Handbook

Financial Assistance

 

Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. At The Y, no child, family or adult is turned away due to an inability to pay.

 

Financial assistance awards are assessed on a case by case basis during a one-on-one, confidential session with a staff member. Those interested in applying for our financial assistance program are encouraged to download this form in English or download this form in Spanish, or stop in to any of our branches to learn more and pick up an application.

Program Registration

 

To register for member and non-member programs, please use our secure Online Registration.

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