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COVID 19 REOPENING PAGE

New executive order Effective Friday, November 20 

The Governor has closed our YMCA effective at the end of business on Friday, November 20.  We will be closed for four weeks.    Please stay safe by wearing your mask, social distancing and staying at home if possible, and washing your hands.  The sooner the virus transmission is again slowed, the more apt your Y will be able to welcome you back mid-December. 

When the Y does reopen, we will be reopening in phases with limitations and restrictions required for social distancing and additional safety precautions.  


Update from the CEO

November 20, 2020

Dear YMCA Members,

Thank you for your support through this pandemic crisis. Your YMCA did everything right and did not have a single COVID-19 case, close contact or health department call linked back to the YMCA main facility.  Still, I find myself having to share the frustrating news that the Governor has closed our YMCA effective at the end of business on Friday, November 20.  We will be closed for four weeks.    Please stay safe by wearing your mask, social distancing and staying at home if possible, and washing your hands.  The sooner the virus transmission is again slowed, the more apt your Y will be able to welcome you back mid-December. 

Our Early Learning Centers and School Age programming will continue to operate to keep our community’s kids on track with distance learning.  The Evening Meal Service on Mondays and Thursdays which provides seven free evening meals for children under 18 will also continue. 

While the main facility will close, the Y will be offering an upgraded membership with equipment option where members can add a one-month rental of a machine or fitness class equipment to their membership to workout at home.  Live classes via zoom and Facebook live for group ex and cycling will be available for members to join in from home beginning on Monday, November 30.  Thanks to Tim, Sheri, Tori and Mary Jo for teaching!  Y360 also offers virtual classes for members. 

Members can make appointments for Monday, November 23-Wednesday, November 25 for Equipment Membership upgrades and pick-up.  There are 39 pieces of fitness equipment and 50+packages of fitness class equipment (steps & hand weights/kettlebells) available.  Equipment rental will be available on a first come, first served basis and rental opportunities will end when all equipment has been rented.  Transportation of equipment from and back to the Y is the member’s responsibility.  A current membership in good standing with no returned payments for the last year is required to be eligible for equipment rental. 

November membership dues drafted on November 5th or November 20th depending upon your draft date.  Your membership is important to your Y and the community.  We hope you will continue your membership to support the YMCA’s operations, community efforts and facility upkeep during this uncertain time. 

Here are your membership options:

·        Keep your membership active to support your YMCA and help ensure your Y will be there for you when allowed to reopen.  No action is required.

·        Convert your membership payment to a donation that helps sustain your YMCA until reopening. Please call the Y so we can change this for you.

·        Put your membership on hold by contacting the YMCA.  You will not be charged a hold fee until the YMCA reopens.

·        Cancel your membership.  Due to COVID-19, this can be done by calling the YMCA. 

Thank you again for your continued support during these difficult times. 

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Pre-Reopening Video Message

Phase 4 Reopening Details

As of November 9:

Locker Rooms now have a limited number of lockers available for daily use. A number of lockers, socially distanced, have been opened in each locker room for use during member visits. Cleaning supplies are available in each locker room and members are asked to clean the locker following their visit and removal of belongings to leave them ready for members coming in after.

Use of water fitness equipment has been reinstated with a 20 hour dry time between use. A designated area has been set aside for members to leave equipment for cleaning and drying.


Beginning October 26, the Lower Level Fitness Center will open for extended hours.

Lower Level Fitness Center Hours:
Monday – Friday 4:00 am-11:00 pm
Saturdays 7:30 am-4:30 pm
Sundays 8:00 am-4:00 pm

Facility Hours:
Monday – Friday 5:15 am-9:00 pm
Saturdays 7:30 am- 4:30 pm
Sundays 12:00 noon-4:00 pm

Maximum capacity for the Lower Level Fitness Center is 9 people. Racquetball capacity is 2 per court. Reservations are required. Hours outside of Full Facility Hours will require entrance through the Lower Level Fitness Center entrance using your FOB. Extended hours still require temperature checks, health screening questions, and social distancing. Masks required when not working out.

Program Sign-up will be available for:

  • Basketball program for ages 15 and older will run from November 2-27. Max of 15 players. Multiple program times available. Only those registered for the program may be in the gym/building.

All Programs are area specific and you must remain in the program area. Each area has a specific maximum capacity. Moving to another area of the building is prohibited.

There have been questions as to children participating at the Y. Here is a summary of ages and activities at the Y for all ages as of 10-19-2020

Ages 7 & Under

Participate in Open or Family swim with a parent in the pool within arm’s reach

Attend Child Watch

Participate in Basketball Shooting with a parent with the child

Youth Sports programs for Gymnastics, Basketball, and Swim Lessons

School Age Child Care, Hybrid and Distance Learning options available

Ages 8-9

Participate in Open Swim with a parent in the building, Family Swim with a parent in the pool

Participate in Basketball Shooting with a parent in the building

Youth Sports programs for Gymnastics, Basketball, and Swim Lessons

School Age Child Care, Hybrid and Distance Learning options available

Ages 10-11

Participate in Open Swim on own or Family Swim with a parent in the pool

Participate in Basketball Shooting

Youth Sports programs for Gymnastics, Basketball, Volleyball and Swim Lessons

School Age Child Care, Hybrid and Distance Learning options available

Ages 12-14

Participate in Open Swim on own or Family Swim with a parent in the pool

Participate in Basketball Shooting

Participate in the Upstairs Wellness Center and Fitness Classes after orientation has been completed

Hybrid and Distance Learning options available

Ages 15 -16

Participate in Open Swim or Lap Swim on their own or Family Swim with a parent

Participate in Basketball Shooting

Sports programs for Open Basketball, Floor Hockey, Pickleball, and Racquetball

Participate in the Upstairs Wellness Center and Fitness Classes

Hybrid and Distance Learning options available

Ages 18 & Older

Participate in Open Swim or Lap Swim on their own or Family Swim

Participate in Basketball Shooting

Sports programs for Open Basketball, Floor Hockey, Pickleball and Racquetball

Participate in the Upstairs Wellness Center and Fitness Classes

Participate in the Lower Wellness Center (FOB required for extended building hours)

Ages 55+

Participate in Open Swim or Lap Swim on their own or Family Swim

Participate in Basketball Shooting

Sports programs for Open Basketball, Floor Hockey, Pickleball and Racquetball

Participate in the Upstairs Wellness Center and Fitness Classes

Participate in the Lower Wellness Center (FOB required for extended building hours)

Happy Together (Health Aging Program)Beginning

Beginning on October 12, additional areas of the
building will open for programs or reservations. You will be able to reserve the following for Monday, October 12 beginning on Saturday, October 10:

  • Lower Level Fitness Center will be open during regular facility hours. Reservations for the Lower Level Fitness Center can be made on-line or by calling the Welcome Center.
  • Basketball Shooting Time will be available beginning October 12 with a maximum of 2 people per reserved basket (1/4 of gym), each with their own ball.
  • Open Swim Times will be available beginning October 12 with a maximum of 9 people per session. Members ages 7 and under must have a parent within arm’s reach in the pool. Member ages 8-9 must have a parent in the building. Ages 10 and older are welcome without a parent. Reservations are required for each child and adult in the pool area.
  • Starting October 3, you may call the welcome center at 222-9622 to reserve the following for Monday, October 5:

    • Racquetball Courts for Singles Play (2 players per court). Please be aware that people in the courts may not intermix during their reservation time.
      • Court reservations are available during current building hours.
    • Pickleball will be available with a maximum of 4 people per court with 2 courts per ½ of gym. Colored balls will be issued for each court so that balls do not mix between courts. Please be aware that people in the courts may not intermix during their reservation time.
      • Courts reservations are available Monday-Friday from 7:00-8:30 and 10:00-11:30 am. Saturday 7:30 - 9:00 am.

    All Reservations are area specific and you must remain in the area you reserved. Each area has a specific maximum capacity. Moving to another area of the building is prohibited. Reservations open one day prior to the reserved day, for example, Saturday prior for Monday, Monday for Tuesday…

    Program Sign-up is available on-line or by calling the welcome center for:

    • Floor Hockey program will run from October 5-October 31 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:00 noon-1:00 pm. Max of 14 players. Only those players registered for the program will be allowed to attend.

    All Programs are area specific and you must remain in the program area. Each area has a specific maximum capacity. Moving to another area of the building is prohibited.

    All COVID-19 precautions are still in place. Masks are required in all common areas when not working out, swimming or showering. We ask that you sanitize or wash your hands when you come into the building. Temperature check and health screening questions are done at the welcome center before you self-scan your card. Members and Y Staff sanitize all areas and equipment frequently. We are taking every precaution to make the facility as safe as we can for you.

    As always, stay safe, wear a mask, wash your hands, and keep your distance. More updates will be coming soon as we continue to expand services.

    Phase 3 Reopening Details

    On September 8, the following changes will be made:

    Fitness Classes

    • 5:45 AM Boot Camp Classes and all 9:00 AM Fitness Classes will be relocated to the gym to allow for increased attendance. Max of 15, Reservations are required.
    • All cycling classes and remainder of Group Fitness Classes will be held in Studio A. Maximum registration for these classes is 9 members.
    • New Group Exercises Schedule with Saturday Classes.

    Pool

    • New Pool Schedule for September with additional and new lap and family swim times and additional water aerobics classes.
    • No September Swim Lessons. Lessons will resume in October.

    Fitness Center

    • 13 - 15 year old members will be allowed to use the fitness center with parent/guardian supervision. A reservation for each person is required.

    Locker Rooms

    • The Family Locker Room will be open with Max Capacity of 9 members.

    Men's, Women's, and Family Locker Rooms will open.

  • Max Capacity in the Women’s Locker Room is 9. Max Capacity in the Men’s Locker Room is 11. Max Capacity in the Family Locker Room is 9. Personal Areas are marked. If the locker room is at capacity, members will have to wait for a space to become available.
  • Lockers will not be available due to safety and privacy issues. Members should keep their belongings with them. Swimmers may store their belongings in the laundry baskets on the pool deck.
  • There are one-way routes through the locker rooms to eliminate congestion. Please follow signage.
  • Showers and bathrooms will be available, although some showers and toilet fixtures use may be suspended for social distancing.
  • Suit extractor is also available, but no congregation around the suit extractor is allowed.
  • In ALL Locker Rooms, one person is allowed at each vanity station at a time.
  • Scales will not be available in the locker rooms.
  • Social distancing of 6 feet apart, masks and handwashing is required.
  • The locker rooms will be closed each day from 1:45-2:45 pm to allow for deep cleaning. Surface cleaning will be done hourly. The Women’s Locker Room may close for 10 minutes each hour for surface cleaning, if female staff member is not available.
  • Phase 2 Reopening Details

    Pool check-in will be moved and hours for lap swim are expanded.

  • Lap Swim, Water Aerobics and Family Swim will check-in at YMCA front door.
  • Swim Lessons will continue to check in at the Pool Door.
  • Lap Swim will be added through reservations Monday-Friday from 6:00-6:45 am and 7:00-7:45 am. Please see the pool schedule for additional times.
  • July 20 addition:
  • Pool lobby will be opened for parent observation. Spots will be marked and chairs will need to stay in those spots for viewing.


  • Men's and Women's Locker Rooms will open.

  • Max Capacity in the Women’s Locker Room is 9. Max Capacity in the Men’s Locker Room is 11. Personal Areas are marked. If the locker room is at capacity, members will have to wait for a space to become available.
  • Lockers will not be available due to safety and privacy issues. Members should keep their belongings with them. Swimmers may store their belongings in the laundry baskets on the pool deck.
  • There are one-way routes through the locker rooms to eliminate congestion. Please follow signage.
  • Showers and bathrooms will be available, although some showers and toilet fixtures use may be suspended for social distancing.
  • Suit extractor is also available, but no congregation around the suit extractor is allowed.
  • In the Women’s and Men’s Locker Rooms, one person is allowed at each vanity station at a time.
  • Scales will not be available in the locker rooms.
  • Social distancing of 6 feet apart, masks and handwashing is required.
  • The locker rooms will be closed each day from 1:45-2:45 pm to allow for deep cleaning. Surface cleaning will be done hourly. The Women’s Locker Room may close for 10 minutes each hour for surface cleaning, if female staff member is not available.

  • Fitness Center capacity is expanded.

  • Fitness Center Capacity will be expanded to 15 reservations allowed per time slot to bring the area to 25% capacity. This is the maximum allowed by the State of Minnesota.
  • Masks are still required to and from the Fitness Center, in all common areas.
  • July 20 addition:
  • 5:45 AM Classes will be relocated to Studio A due to sunrise times. This includes boot camp and cycling.
  • All cycling classes will be relocated to Studio A, due to equipment location.
  • Maximum registration for these classes is 9 members.
  • All other classes held outside weather permitting. If class is outside, max registration is 9 members, but additional members up to 24 are welcome to attend.
  • Phase 1 Reopening Details

    AS OF JUNE 1

    • Continuing Child Care at Willmar and Spicer ELC's
    • Youth Sports of Lacrosse and Soccer Skills Classes continue

    JUNE 8

    • Youth Swim Lesson Registration begins. Lessons begin June 15. Beginning Levels 1 & 2 for both preschool and grade school levels required a parent or guardian from the same household in the water with the child. Parent/Adult is not required for levels 3-6.
    • Summer Day Camp begins
    • Leaders In Training begins

    JUNE 8 - 10

    • Leaders In Training will conduct a Supply Drive to aid those adversely affected by the disturbing and unimaginable events in the Minneapolis and St. Paul areas. A list of supplies can be found on the Reopening Website page and supplies can be dropped off in the baskets outside the 24/7 main entrance at the Y. Supplies will be delivered by the LIT’s on Thursday, June 11 at one of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities locations for distribution.

    JUNE 10

    • Child Watch opens (M/W/F Morning only)
    • Outdoor Fitness Classes begin (yes, again)
    • Fitness Center (upstairs) opens

    JUNE 13

    • Racquetball and Pickleball will be available on Saturdays beginning June 13

    JUNE 15

    • Swim Lessons begin June 15.

    JUNE 17

    • Swimming Pool Lap Swim, Family Swim and Water Aerobics begin June 17 by reservation

    ALL of these activities will require pre-registration on-line or by calling the YMCA Welcome Center during business hours of Monday through Friday, 5:15 am - 7:30 pm at 320-222-9622.

    • Outdoor Fitness Classes and Child Watch are limited to 9 participants and the Fitness Center 10 per time slot and registration will open at 12:01 am the day prior to the scheduled class, child watch and center availability.
    • Lacrosse, Soccer, and Summer Day Camp require registration for the 4-week sessions of sports or 1 week sessions of Day Camp on-line. All sports classes will be limited to 9 kids per time slot. Summer Day Camp is limited to 54 campers per week and 18 LIT’s per week. Please register early, as weekly openings are filling.
    • One Pickleball Court in the Small Gym and One Racquetball Court will be available by reservation on Saturdays. Courts are limited to one individual or one household per time slot. Reservations can be made on Fridays by calling the Y at 320-222-9622 between 5:15 am – 7:30 pm.
    • Swimming Pool allows for one person per lane for lap swim. Up to two families may reserve a time slot during family swim, but each family will be required to remain with household unit and in separate areas while using the pool and at least one adult must be in the water with children. Reservations can be made the day prior by calling the Y at 320-222-9622 between 5:15 am – 7:30 pm. Please come to the Y in Swim Suits and plan on leaving in swim suits as locker rooms are not available at this time.

    Reservations, schedules & Program registration

    Reservations are still required for fitness center, fitness classes, child watch, lap swim, family swim, water fitness classes, racquetball, and pickleball. Reservations are not required for locker room usage. Reservations can be made on-line or by calling the YMCA during business hours.

    The reservation system will allow for registration 24 hours in advance on a first come, first serve basis. You may register yourself for one fitness block, one fitness class, one lap swim time per day and each child on your unit for one one hour and 15 minute block of child watch time per day maximum.  Between each reservation time, the facility/equipment will be cleaned and sanitized for the next members.  We recommend arriving 5 minutes early to complete the screening/check in process and allow time to make it to your reserved area.
     

    How to Register Screen Shot PDF 

    Reservation System Video Walk Thru

    Group Cycling Online Reservation

    Group Exercise Class Online Reservation 

    Water Aerobics Class Online Reservation

    Child Watch Online Reservation 

    Basketball Shooting Time Online Reservation

    Upper Level Wellness Center Online Reservation

    Lower Level Wellness Center Online Reservation

    Lap Swim Online Reservation

    Open Swim Online Reservation

    Family Swim Reservation Call 320-222-9622

    View PDF Pool Oct 25

    View PDF Group Exercise Schedule

    Floor Hockey Online Registration 

    Teen & Adult Basketball Program Registration 

    member requirements to participate

    To participate in Y activities:

    • Face masks are required to be worn from arrival at the YMCA until strenuous activity begins and after the end of the class. 
    • Face coverings for children 3-12 are strongly recommended and caregivers will do their best to keep children wearing face coverings. 
    • Screening questions and temperature checks will be done at the YMCA front desk for outdoor fitness classes, upstairs fitness center times, and pool activities at the kids gym door for child watch, on the sports field for youth sports, at the 24/7 main entrance dooor for Pickleball and Racquetball.  All members are asked to sanitize or wash hands upon arrival.   
    • A new waiver and member code of conduct will need to be signed and submitted prior to first attended reservation time.  These waivers and the code of conduct will be available on the YMCA website reopening page so that you can bring it with you completed to save time.   
    • Fitness equipment will be available in the pool lobby for members to pick-up and take outside to their fitness class location.  Increased cleaning and sanitizing procedures are also in place and we ask participants to wipe down equipment before and after use as an additional safety precaution.
    • Towel Service is not available at this time.

    Download PDF Member Code of Conduct

    Download PDF Adult Waiver

    Spanish Adult Waiver

    Download PDF Minor Waiver

    Spanish Minor Waiver

    Download PDF Volunteer Waiver

    Download PDF YMCA Screening Plan

    Updated Pool Rules to Comply with Insurance Requirements

    Membership updates

    Due to the limited availability at this time, the Y is not able to take reservations from non-members, guests or Nationwide Y Members.  We hope to be able to welcome you back in a future phase.

    For those members that have continued their membership with the Y through all this craziness, we deeply appreciate you and thank you. 

    As of June 1, all memberships on hold will begin to be charged the monthly hold fee of 50% of their current membership fee.  If you would like to make any changes to your membership, please contact the front desk. 

    The YMCA staff is excited to welcome you back to activities.  We continue to prepare for reopening more of the facility and adding activities and thank everyone for your support during this time. 

     


     

     
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