What is the Y's mask policy?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People on May 13, 2021. Washington state Governor Inslee also announced that Washington will fully adopt masking guidance issued by the CDC on May 13, 2021.

According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

At the YMCA, fully vaccinated people - staff and members – may engage in all activities at the Y without a mask. People who are not vaccinated are asked to wear a mask. We welcome anyone who is uncomfortable without a mask or prefers to wear a mask to continue to wear one. 

The Y’s core values are caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. We trust our members will use these values when visiting the Y when deciding to wear a mask. Y staff will not ask members if they are vaccinated nor request to view a vaccination card.

 

Phase 3 Guidelines

Are Reservations Required?

Reservations are no longer required to participate at your local Y community center. You are encouraged to view our program schedules to plan your visit.

Registration is still required for youth programs.

ARE LOCKER ROOMS AND SHOWERS OPEN?

You can now shower before and after using the pool and after your workout! Locker rooms and showers are available.

  • Bring your own towel and lock, and be prepared to use our gym wipes to wipe down spaces before and after every use
  • Maintain six feet between you and others in the locker room
  • All showers include privacy barriers and will be open
  • YMCA staff are committed to regular cleaning throughout the day to maintain a healthy environment for everyone
Are Indoor and Outdoor Workouts Available?

Yes. We are thrilled to offer indoor and outdoor workouts within the new guidelines. Indoor capacity is dependent on room space and identified in each area. Outdoor maximum capacity is dependent on center location and space.

What are operating hours?

Bremerton, Gordon, Haselwood, Lakewood, Mel Korum, Morgan, and Tom Taylor YMCA hours of operation:

  • Monday-Friday | 5am-7pm
  • Saturday | 6am-1pm
  • Sunday | closed

We will continue to evaluate operating hours.

Tacoma Center YMCA

  • Monday-Friday | 5am-10:30am and 3-7pm
  • Saturday-Sunday | Closed

Tacoma Center is open for community showers for individuals experiencing homelessness in our community

  • Monday-Friday | 11am-2pm | Reservations not required

University Y Student Center

  • Monday-Friday | 6am-8pm
  • Saturday | 7am-1pm
  • Sunday | closed
What is available to me as a member?

Aquatics centers remain open for lap swimming, water aerobics and open swim. See our aquatics schedule.

Youth programs available for registration at ymcapkc.org/youth:

  • Youth Soccer League
  • Dance Visual Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Preschool, recreation, and team gymnastics
  • Toddler Gym
  • Outdoor Environmental Education
  • Swim Lessons
  • Youth PE

Aquatics centers remain open for lap swimming, water aerobics, and open swim.

Court sports, including basketball, handball, pickleball, racquetball, and squash. See our court and gym schedule.

YMCA Child Care and YMCA Camp Seymour Scholars remain open to provide distance learning support to more than 600 students every day.

Y on the Fly serves middle school students with academic support and family resources in the Tacoma and Lakewood communities.

Why are you still charging full rate for my membership with limited offerings and capacity?

We hope all Y members stay healthy during this time. Your Y membership will remain active so you can continue to enjoy indoor and outdoor workout opportunities, the pool, outdoor adventures at Camp Seymour, and virtual classes, but you may apply for a Y Experience Scholarship or place your membership on hold at no cost.

Is the pool open?

Yes, the pools at our community centers are open for lap recreation and family swim. You can view schedules to plan your visit.

Are masks required at the Y?

 

At the YMCA, fully vaccinated people - staff and members – may engage in all activities at the Y without a mask. People who are not vaccinated are asked to wear a mask. We welcome anyone who is uncomfortable without a mask or prefers to wear a mask to continue to wear one.

The Y’s core values are caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. We trust our members will use these values when visiting the Y when deciding to wear a mask. Y staff will not ask members if they are vaccinated nor request to view a vaccination card.

DOES THE Y HAVE A COVID-19 VACCINE POLICY OR PRACTICE?

While this has become a discussion within our organization’s leadership, we do not have a vaccine practice. While we learn more and develop a vaccine practice, we ask that our members continue to honor our current practices consistent with Washington state guidelines and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

 

Group Exercise Reservations No Longer Required

ARE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED FOR GROUP EXERCISE CLASSES?

Reservations are no longer required for group exercise classes at the Y! We heard you. Reservations have been a barrier so we made this change to better serve you. Thank you for your patience and diligence while we worked through the necessary safety protocols together.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I SHOW UP FOR A CLASS AND IT'S FULL?

It is recommended that members show up 15 minutes early to secure a spot. If a spot is not available be sure to check out our Group Exercise Schedule for additional options in addition to trying our Virtual Y Group Exercise Schedule.

CAN I CHECK THE CAPACITY OF A CLASS BEFORE I COME?

Unfortunately, we are not able to determine the number of participants prior to the start of a class.

DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN GEAR?

Yes. To maintain a healthy and safe environment for everyone, we ask all members to continue bringing your own gear for classes.

 

Aquatics Information

Where can I change after swimming?

You can now shower before and after using the pool! Locker rooms and showers are available.

  • Bring your own towel and lock, and be prepared to use our gym wipes to wipe down spaces before and after every use
  • Maintain six feet between you and others in the locker room
  • All showers include privacy barriers and will be open

YMCA staff are committed to regular cleaning throughout the day to maintain a healthy environment for everyone.

Can my child attend water aerobics?

We recommend teens and adults ages 15 and older for water aerobics. Youth ages 8-14 may join but must be able to pass a lap swim test and be continuously lap swimming to reserve a lane.

How are you managing air quality?

We’ve had preventative maintenance completed on the systems, including filter replacement, at all community centers. We’ve also adjusted controls for additional outside air where possible.

 

Masks and Safety

Are masks required at the Y?

 

At the YMCA, fully vaccinated people - staff and members – may engage in all activities at the Y without a mask. People who are not vaccinated are asked to wear a mask. We welcome anyone who is uncomfortable without a mask or prefers to wear a mask to continue to wear one.

The Y’s core values are caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. We trust our members will use these values when visiting the Y when deciding to wear a mask. Y staff will not ask members if they are vaccinated nor request to view a vaccination card.

If you do not wish to wear a mask or are unable to, we invite you to join us virtually at ymcapkc.org/virtual.

Thank you for thinking about high-risk populations, but I'm concerned about the exerciser next to me. How will you control that?

We are following guidelines from the governor’s office, which includes physical distancing, closing equipment to ensure proper distance, and signage to encourage distancing throughout every area of the facility.

If I'm in the Y with my household members, am I required to keep 6 feet of distance from them?

While our equipment and spaces are designed to support social distancing, we understand that households will likely be participating in activities together. However, we ask that areas and spaces are not altered to do so.

 

Virtual Classes

Does the Y offer virtual classes?

Yes! You can access the Y from anywhere on Virtual Y. Enter your Virtual Y using your existing Y account login information below to access exclusive content made for you.

Will reservations be required to visit the Y?

Reservations are no longer required to participate at your local Y community center. You are encouraged to view our program schedules to plan your visit.

Registration is still required for youth programs.

Do you have group exercise classes?

Yes, drop-in group exercise class offerings are available at your local Y. View classes at ymcapkc.org/schedules. Reservations are no longer required.

Do you have outdoor exercise opportunities?

Yes! We currently have group exercise and individual workout opportunities. Find classes at ymcapkc.org/schedules.

 

Courts and Facility Access

When will Child Watch be available?

Child Watch remains unavailable based on state restrictions. We hope to be able to offer this program just as soon as guidelines allow.

Can I Play Court Sports Like Basketball and Racquetball At The Y?

Yes! Find drop-in times at www.ymcapkc.org/schedules.

Are the indoor tracks available for use?

Yes, our indoor tracks are available and accessible with no reservation. 

Are strollers allowed on the indoor track?

Yes! Members with strollers are welcome walk, jog, or run on our community center indoor tracks. Only members are permitted to participate in this activity. 

Is child care available for families at this time?

We are offering child care and distance learning support at local schools and YMCA Camp Seymour to anyone who needs it at an affordable price. Visit Child Care to find a school or Seymour Scholars.

 

Youth Program Health and Safety Information

Safety Is Our Priority

Throughout the pandemic, we’ve consistently adapted our programs in partnership with our local health departments to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We focus on creating a clean and healthy environment for everyone with protocols that include regular cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting by our trained staff. We will keep kids together in small groups with minimal exposure to other groups.

Enrollment Limits and Additional Information

During general registration each child will be able to sign up for one class. Late registration will allow for each child to sign up for multiple classes but not two of the same. If there are multiple children in the same household, each one can register for the same class. For example, each child can register for swim and gymnastics but not two gymnastics classes.

Membership is not required for parent viewing, however it is required for parent participation. One non-member parent/guardian with youth only accounts may access the Y with a youth member for viewing purposes only. If the parent/guardian is involved in the class (i.e. toddler gym and preschool swim lessons) the parent/guardian must be on the active membership.

Our goal is to ensure equal access to all. Please honor these limits to ensure every youth has an opportunity to enjoy Y programs.

Parent/Guardian Viewing

We understand our parents and guardians enjoy watching your kids engage in programs! We are happy to accommodate parent/guardian viewing as much as we're able based on state guidelines and capacity requirements. Please review these tips to set your family up for success:

  • Parent/guardian viewing may not be available at all community centers.
  • Where available, we recommend limiting to one parent/guardian per household to support limited capacity requirements.
  • Membership is not required for parent viewing, however it is required for parent participation. One non-member parent/guardian with youth only accounts may access the Y with a youth member for viewing purposes only. If the parent/guardian is involved in the class (i.e. toddler gym and preschool swim lessons) the parent/guardian must be on the active membership Photo identification and standard check-in process required.
Do youth participants have to wear masks?

Masks are required for youth five and older who are not vaccinated, including while engaged in physical activity. Masks are not required in the pool.

What is the maximum number of participants per class?

We have worked diligently to ensure we align with state guidelines and protocol to ensure a safe environment. Class numbers are dependent on space and square footage in alignment with guidelines. Participant numbers will vary by community center and class location.

 

Membership

Why are you still charging full rate for my membership with limited offerings and capacity?

We hope all Y members stay healthy during this time. Your Y membership will remain active so you can continue to enjoy indoor and outdoor workout opportunities, the pool, outdoor adventures at Camp Seymour, and virtual classes, but you may apply for a Y Experience Scholarship or place your membership on hold at no cost.

Why do I have to sign a new membership waiver?

As many things have changed as a result of COVID-19, our membership waiver has been updated to reflect changes regarding member health and safety. If you have any questions or concerns after reviewing the waiver, please contact us at membership@ymcapkc.org

What if I want to extend my hold after the new restrictions are lifted?

Thanks for your question. We understand that you may not be ready to restart your membership when the Y reopens. We would be happy to place your account on hold for up to six months at no charge. You can start your hold at no cost at https://form.jotform.com/200725801761147.

Is the Names Y project still happening?

We are beyond grateful to everyone who has made significant progress on the Names Family YMCA over the past two years! We continue to move forward and will have a better understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on the timeline later this year. We look forward to opening the new facility.

Are the Camp Seymour outdoor experience opportunities included in my membership?

Yes! We are thrilled to offer this added value to our Y members. You can review activities, availability, and make your reservation today. 

Are the Y Virtual Arts classes included in my membership?

Yes! We are thrilled to offer these classes to our Y members. You can review classes and sign up today. 

We are experiencing some financial difficulties this season. Does the Y offer any support?

We never want cost to be a reason for you and your family to not receive the benefits of a Y membership. Y Experience Scholarships help remove the financial barriers to accessing YMCA community centers, programs, and services. 

Scholarships are provided based on household income and special circumstances. Please complete the application online and Y staff member will contact you soon.

Will the Y still accommodate guests, AWAY, and nationwide Y members?

At this time, we are offering our community centers and programs only to those who have a membership with the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties and neighboring Ys are asking members to use only the locations in the county in which they have their YMCA membership. For example, if your YMCA membership is based at the Gordon Family YMCA in Sumner, please only use YMCA locations in Pierce County.