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Greater Valley YMCA COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

October 22, 2020 at 5:00 PM



As we continue reopening areas of our facilities, 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.

 
Due to the spike in Coronavirus in our community as well as the Governor’s recent orders, starting Wednesday, November 18th, the Y will adopt 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.


Please check out this Welcome Back Video for more information: 

 

 

PHASED OPENING UPDATE

EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 26, 2020

 

HOURS
All Branches except Slate Belt: Monday to Friday - 6 AM to 7 PM

Slate Belt Branch: Monday to Friday- 6 AM to 8 PM

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

 

COMMON AREAS
- Seating Areas Closed
- Masks Required

 

GYMNASIUM
- Open for Family Gym (check your Branch for hours)
- Track Open
- Masks Required

 

GROUP EXERCISES
- On-Site Classes with Social Distancing
- Reservations Required for On-Site Classes
- Masks Required for On-Site Classes
- Virtual Classes Available - Pre-registration Required

 

LOCKER ROOMS
- Open for Pool Swimmers to Change After Swimming
- Showers Remain Closed
- Masks Required

 

POOL
- Lap Swim with Time Limits, Registration Required
- Family Swim, Registration Required
- Water Exercise Classes with Social Distancing, Registration Required
- Masks Required

 

PROGRAM CLASSES
- Private Swim Lessons & Personal Training
- Racquetball Court Open, Reservations Required
- Pickellball Open, Reservations Required
- Masks Required

 

WELLNESS CENTER
- 1 Hour Time Limit, Reservations Required
- Track Open
- Masks Required

 

Click here to download the Green Phases chart and learn more about our previous phases.

 

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.  Until further notice, weekly class information will be featured on our Branch Facebook pages.  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 a new private Facebook group for members.  The group features weekly online fitness classes taught by your favorite Greater Valley Y instructors, and will continue to be available through our reopening.  Click here to join the private group and learn more.

 

Programs and Services Unavailable During this Phase of Reopening

Based on CDC guidelines and best practices, the below programs and services are NOT currently available at our Branch locations: 

- Coffee service
- Water Fountains
- Child Watch
- Towel Service
- Youth Classes/Parties
- Facility Rentals

 

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 vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?
6) Have you been out of the state of PA (other than for work purposes or medical)?
7) Have you been in close contact with someone who has been out of state of PA?

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Progression through the phases is subject to change and will be based off CDC guidelines and Best Practices through our PA State Alliance and YUSA.

 

What hours will the Y be open?

The Y will be open Monday through Friday from 6am-7pm and Saturdays from 8am-1pm.  These hours are in effect until further notice.

 

How will my membership dues be charged?

Normal billing will resume on July 1st for your existing membership.  All members will be receiving a 50% discount to the July billing cycle for the shutdown that commenced March 16th.

 

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 and swiping out 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 closet 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?

All members and staff are required to wear a mask when on the property or in the building except when actively swimming in the Pool.  As of November 18th, cloth masks are required for entry to our facilities; those who refuse to wear a mask or do not wear a cloth mask properly as defined by the Department of Health, covering the nose and mouth, will be asked to leave.  No medical or other exceptions will be made.

 

Will locker rooms be available to shower, change, etc.?

Locker rooms will be available only for swimmers to change/to store jackets, but not for showering.  Please come dressed to utilize group exercise classes or the Wellness Center.

 

When will program classes resume at the Y?

We anticipate program classes resuming sometime in the Fall, but do not have a specific date currently.

 

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

Please do not bring bags or other personal items other than your own personal drinking bottle of water as water fountains will be turned off, as well as towels for the pool, as towel service will not be available.

 

Will I be able to bring guests to the Y?

The Y will currently be utilized by existing members only.  Guests will not be allowed, and the AWAY program, Nationwide programs, and 7-day Trial Membership program 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, but in the re-opening stages, 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.

 

What happens if I was on Financial Aid?

You will pick up exactly where you left off on your commitment to your 6-month Financial Aid Membership.   For example, if you had 3 months left, we will be extending your Financial Aid for the three months that were missed during the shut-down.  However, Financial Aid will be limited based on funds available.

 

How will 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.

 

Will the Y be clean and safe?

With your assistance, the Y will be 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.  In addition, there is a rolling shutdown at your Y where the service area will be closed for deep cleaning.  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).

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, 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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