Welcome back to the YMCA!!!

We’re excited to announce that Marquette County has reopened our facilities and reactivated key programs including Tot Watch, Kids Gym, and our Child Development Center.

Please be assured that your safety is our number one priority. We have put careful thought and planning into our facility guidelines. We have followed guidance from the CDC, local health agencies and public officials to update our policies, practices and procedures to ensure the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene and make appropriate accommodations for physical/social distancing so that every person who walks through our doors can stay safe and protected while getting back to what matters most: your health, your family and friends, and your community. Welcome back!

As we welcome the community back to the Y, we want to assure you that safety remains our top priority. We have taken all necessary steps to ensure the safety of our members, program participants, volunteers and staff. This means things will look and feel a little different. When you come back to the Y, this is what you can expect:

Updated YMCA Protocols Based on the mask mandate and increased cases in the UP:

It is our goal to follow mandated protocols so our Y can remain open to serve you. We cannot do this without your help. We appreciate your adherence to our protocols as well as your care and consideration for your fellow Y members.

• Masks are to remain on throughout facility usage including common areas such as the wellness center, group exercise room, locker rooms, pool decks, hallways, basketball gymnasium,
and especially when in conversation
• Masks may be removed when exercising on a piece of equipment if you feel that you cannot safely perform the exercise with a mask
on – but only if you can do so while socially distant.
For example: If one member is “spotting” another member while weightlifting, the spotter must wear a mask.
• Masks are to be removed upon entering the pool water and are to remain off during pool usage. Once you exit the water, your mask must be put back on.
• When taking a Group Exercise class, we encourage you to wear your mask until the class begins. You can take it off during class if you feel you cannot safely participate with one on but a mask must be put back on after class has ended.

Individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition,
including those with respiratory issues that impede breathing, mental health condition, or disability; PLEASE NOTE: The YMCA is not permitted to ask for documentation for any of these
exceptions.

We trust that our members and staff will be honest and show and care for others by doing the responsible thing and complying with this order, unless they meet any criteria that prevents them from doing so. Thank you for your ongoing cooperation in keeping our community safe and healthy, and respecting the decisions our organization must make to follow our community and state guidelines.
All YMCA staff will continue to wear masks

FACILITY GUIDELINES:

  • Please do not enter the building if you have been experiencing any symptoms of illness (i.e. fever, shortness of breath, diarrhea, vomiting, etc.)
  • Masks are required to enter any YMCA facility
  • Free weights, cardio equipment, and working out for individuals ages 12+ is available
  • Members must maintain 6-foot distance at all times
  • Direct service staff will be wearing personal protective equipment
  • There will be increased signage throughout the building to encourage social distancing
  • Fans will not be available or allowed to be used in workout spaces
  • Members must clean equipment BEFORE and AFTER use
  • Locker rooms will be open with distancing and increased cleaning
  • No Towel service including shower towels and sweat towels are available. Please bring your own towel.
  • Coffee will not be available
  • Drinking fountains are not available. Water bottle fillers are available. Please bring a water bottle
  1. ALL children must register in advance for Tot Watch. Registration opens 2 days in advance and closes 12 hours prior to session. This is to ensure we have the staff and spaced prepared for your child. Please call the Front Desk if you miss the cut off time and are interested in registering your child. There is no guarantee that there will be space or staff available if you have not registered in advance.
  2. One infant is allowed per session. To register an infant please contact the Front Desk directly.
  3. Temperatures will be taken and health questions will be asked before entering
  4. Children over 5 must wear a mask
  5. We will be doing our best to enforce distancing but it is your choice and knowledge in allowing your child in the Tot Watch room with other children and the understanding that sometimes kids act like kids and there may be times your child is not properly distanced. By placing your child in Tot Watch you are assuming this understanding of responsibility.
  6. No diaper changes or bathroom breaks will be permitted. In the case a child needs assistance the parent will be retrieved
  7. Parents/guardians are not permitted in the Tot Watch Room
  8. ALL children in the same family unit count as 1 registration. Please make sure all children entering Tot Watch meet requirements of age and infant limit. Please contact the front desk to register multiple children and to receive the family discounted rate.
  9. Financial Assistance IS available for this program. Please contact Rachel Berglund or the Front Desk for more information.
  1. The Kids Gym is open to children 5-12
  2. Registration is required before attending. In the case that no one is signed up in advance for the Kids Gym the YMCA reserves the right to not open the Kids Gym
  3. Masks are required
  4. There is a 10 child maximum per session
  5. Structured activities will be provided during one hour sessions. This will help to keep children occupied as well as encouraging distancing at the same time. Activities include but are not limited to; obstacle courses, parachute, relay races, etc.
  6. In addition there are opportunities on the weekend for member families to reserve the Kids Gym space.
    1. Space reservation time is limited to 1 hour.
    2. Families may join reservations as they see fit using their own personal precautions and safety guidelines.
    3. All participants MUST be members
  • All Participants must sign COVID-19 waiver
  • If parent is not comfortable with swim instructor within 6ft a parent will be required to be in the water during the lesson
  • Masks are not required for participants but ARE required for those watching the lessons
  • Class capacity is limited
  • Other pool guidelines are expected to be followed to ensure safety
  • Use Green door in back of building leading to the Youth Center
  • Temperature check of each child before entering the program
  • Parent Sign in will have clean pens. Used pens will need to be sanitized before reuse
  • Health Screening questions will be asked before entering
  • No groups larger than 10. 9 campers:1 staff
  • We will roate between kids gym, youth center, big gym, and outside
  • Rooms will be cleaned between each group
  • campers will wash hands as they change rooms, before and after meals, and after bathroom use.  More often as we deem necessary.
  • Staff will wear masks walking around the Y but will have their choice in the rooms
  • If child is wearing a mask they will need to be able to take off their mask by themselves in case they are having difficulty breathing because of mask.
  • If child starts to get ill during the day they will be isolated in the “health center,” their temperature taken, and parents called for immediate pick up. 
  • Reasons for immediate pick-up are; temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, persistent cough, diarrhea, vomiting, or shortness of breath.
  • To come back to camp children will have to be fever free for 72 hours without any fever reducing medication.