Reopening YMCA Facilities
July 31, 2020
The YMCA of Northern Alberta has been preparing to welcome you back to YMCA health, fitness and aquatics centres and YMCA community centres since the moment we closed. We’ve missed you!
Read details on our reopening plans for each region:
The YMCA of Northern Alberta will be meeting or exceeding all Government of Alberta and Alberta Health guidelines and recommendations for the safe and healthy operation of health and fitness centres and community centres.
Also, your YMCA team has learned a lot from our experience opening YMCA Child Care and from YMCAs in other provinces that have already reopened health, fitness and aquatics centres and community centres. We know that a cautious and measured approach is best and we will be applying this knowledge to ensure YMCA spaces are ready, and that everyone has the information and time they need to become comfortable with the new environment.
The YMCA environment will look and operate differently than it did when we closed. For example, there will be a requirement to book your time in advance, check in as you enter the facility, enhanced cleaning procedures, smaller class sizes and extra space between equipment and participants in our fitness centres. All changes are to increase the safety and health of the YMCA environment for you, our employees and dedicated volunteers.
While we know there will be changes to YMCA spaces, one thing that has not changed is the fact that our YMCA community is made up of kind and caring individuals who know how important it is for kids, families and individuals to have a safe place to connect, belong and thrive. We know that the need for these opportunities has increased through this period of isolation, while at the same time, the financial situation of many in our community has worsened. As we look to reopening our facilities, we know that the need for financial assistance for members and participants is imminent and the generosity of our members is needed and appreciated more than ever.
And remember — if your centre isn’t open yet, or you don’t feel comfortable returning in person, the YMCA is just a click away with a variety of resources and services to keep you feeling your best at northernalberta.ymca.ca/Wellness.
TEMPORARY MANDATORY USE OF FACE COVERINGS
Effective Saturday, August 1, face coverings will be mandatory inside all YMCA spaces in Red Deer, Edmonton, Grande Prairie and Wood Buffalo. Please note that anyone participating in water or physical activities are exempt. However, common areas in YMCA health, fitness and aquatics centres and community centres such as lobbies, hallways and change rooms do require face coverings to be worn.
Also, if relevant to you, Melcor YMCA Village residents, YMCA Child Care facilities and YMCA summer day camp programs are exempt from this policy as these facilities and programs have separate guidelines and extensive health and safety protocols in place that are specific to those spaces.
A face covering includes a mask, balaclava, bandana, scarf, cloth or other similar items that cover the nose, mouth and chin without gapping. Exceptions include children under two years of age, persons with an underlying medical condition or disability which inhibits their ability to wear a face covering, or while participating in physical activity.
Thank you in advance for helping keep YMCA spaces healthy and safe for everyone to enjoy.