What is the Y's mask policy?

The Y is committed to following guidelines and recommendations from Washington state and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Washington State requires face masks for everyone ages five years and older in indoor settings regardless of vaccination status. This always applies to all Y members and guests in Y facilities, including while engaged in physical activity.

Masks are not required for members entering, exiting, or actively engaged in the pool.

The Y’s core values are caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. We trust our members will use these values when entering the Y and engaging in activities and programs.

MEDICAL EXEMPTIONS

We understand some Y members and guests have a medical exemption regarding masks. We offer virtual programs for anyone who is unable to wear a mask in our facilities.

SUMMER DAY CAMP

Day camp programs have specific guidelines provided by Washington state. Please find the latest mask guidelines on our Summer Day Camp FAQ page

YOUTH PROGRAMS

Gymnastics programs have specific guidelines provided by Washington state. Please find the latest mask guidelines on our Youth Programs FAQ page.

 

Washington State Reopening Guidelines as of August 23

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 required for youth programs.

ARE LOCKER ROOMS AND SHOWERS OPEN?

Locker rooms and showers are fully open and 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 are open.
  • YMCA staff are committed to regular cleaning throughout the day to maintain a healthy environment for everyone.
What are operating hours?

Gordon Y, Mel Korum Y, Lakewood Y, Morgan Y, Tom Taylor Y, Bremerton Y, Haselwood Y:

  • Monday-Thursday | 5am-9pm
  • Friday | 5am-7pm
  • Saturday | 7am-3pm
  • Sunday | closed

Tacoma Center YMCA

  • Monday-Thursday | Y Member Access: 5am-10:30am and 3-9pm
  • Friday | Y Member Access: 5am-10:30am and 3-7pm
  • Monday-Friday | Community Shower Access: 11am-2pm
  • Saturday-Sunday | Closed

University Y Student Center

  • Monday-Thursday | 6am-9pm
  • Friday | 6an-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:

  • Dance
  • Gymnastics (preschool, recreation, and team)
  • Performing Arts
  • Summer Arts Workshops
  • Summer Sports Clinics
  • Swim Lessons
  • Theater
  • Toddler Gym
  • Visual Arts
  • Youth PE

Aquatics centers are 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 is open to serve children in our Early Learning Centers and Before and After School Care sites at local schools. Register at ymcapkc.org/child-care.

YMCA Camp Seymour Outdoor and Environmental Education is expected to return for the 2021-2022 school year. Learn more at campseymour.org.

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, youth programs, 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 swim, open swim, and swim lessons. You can view pool schedules and youth registration information to plan your visit.

Are masks required at the Y?

The Y is committed to following guidelines and recommendations from Washington state and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Washington State requires face masks for everyone ages five years and older in indoor settings regardless of vaccination status. This always applies to all Y members and guests in Y facilities, including while engaged in physical activity.

Masks are not required for members entering, exiting, or actively engaged in the pool.

The Y’s core values are caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. We trust our members will use these values when entering the Y and engaging in activities and programs.

MEDICAL EXEMPTIONS

We understand some Y members and guests have a medical exemption regarding masks. We offer virtual programs for anyone who is unable to wear a mask in our facilities.

SUMMER DAY CAMP

Day camp programs have specific guidelines provided by Washington state. Please find the latest mask guidelines on our Summer Day Camp FAQ page

YOUTH PROGRAMS

Gymnastics programs have specific guidelines provided by Washington state. Please find the latest mask guidelines on our Youth Programs FAQ page.

Are masks required at camp?

Indoors

According to Washington department of health guidelines, all children age 5 years and older, staff, volunteers, and guests who are vaccinated or not must wear cloth face coverings or acceptable alternatives.

Outdoors

Current mask guidelines from the Washington State Department of Health allow campers and staff the option of whether to wear a mask while outside, regardless of vaccination status. The Y is consistently following state guidelines and will allow masks as an option while campers and staff are outdoors. Y staff will continue providing three feet of distance between individuals while outside. Masks are still required for all campers and staff while indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

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

YMCA Members: The Y does not verify vaccination of Y members. 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.

YMCA Staff: Based upon guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Washington State Department of Health, and Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, fully vaccinated employees are not required to wear a mask or face covering and socially distance at work unless their employer or local public health agency still requires it, or the employee elects to do so. In order to end mask or face covering and social distance requirements for those who qualify, the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties must confirm employees are fully vaccinated and have the employee sign a document attesting to their status.

 

Group Exercise

ARE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED FOR GROUP EXERCISE CLASSES?

Reservations are not required for group exercise classes at the Y. 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

Are Hot Tubs, Saunas, and Steam Rooms Open?

Please review when hot tubs will be available at your Y and other important information. Saunas and steam rooms will remain unavailable at this time based on state guidelines.

Hot Tubs

Bremerton Y, Gordon Y, Haselwood Y, Lakewood Y, Mel Korum Y, Morgan Y, Tacoma Center Y, and Tom Taylor Y 
  • Hot tubs are now available for use.

Important Information

Hours

Hot tub hours are consistent with facility hours. All pool activities end 30 minutes before closing.

Capacity and distancing

Please maintain six feet of distance between members.

Time expectations

Members are asked to limit time in the hot tub to 15 minutes or get out of the hot tub and cool off every 15 minutes.

Showering expectations

A cleansing soap shower is required, including hair, before entering all pools per WAC 246-260-131 (5)(V). A swim or shower cap may be worn in lieu of wetting hair. Please see hot tub guidelines posted at your local Y for additional health guidelines.

Age guidelines

Hot tub is available for use by members ages 15 years and older. Exceptions for Adapted Aquatics therapy program and medical cases with prior written authorization on file.

Safety guidelines
  • Pregnant women and people suffering from heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or any other medical condition should consult a physician before use.
  • Swimming or vigorous exercise is not permitted.
  • No prolonged breath holding activities of any type are allowed. Head must remain above water at all times.
  • No one with open sores, bandages, communicable waterborne diseases, or has had vomiting/diarrhea in the past two weeks is allowed in the pools.
Where can I change after swimming?

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

How are you managing air quality?

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

CAN MY CHILD RESERVE A LAP LANE?

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

 

Virtual Classes

Does the Y offer virtual classes?

Yes! You can access the Y from anywhere on Virtual Y. As a Y member, you have full access to live classes with local instructors and a library of on-demand classes with Y instructors around the country. Visit ymcapkc.org/virtual to get started.

On-demand and live streaming across the country: The YMCA360 virtual platform brings your membership full-circle with hundreds of on-demand videos for members of all ages, interests, and activity levels from the Y to you and your family. Full access included in your YMCA membership.

Live classes with local instructors: Fitness classes from cardio to balance to strength to yoga are taught by local instructors for all fitness levels.

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 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?

We are working on a plan for offering Child Watch once again. More information will be available soon!

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

Yes! Find drop-in times at www.ymcapkc.org/schedules. Please bring your own equipment.

Are the indoor tracks available for use?

Yes! 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.

Is child care available for families at this time?

We are offering child care at local schools to all families in our community at an affordable price. Visit Child Care to find a school.

 

Program Health and Safety

Please Visit our program faq page for more information

 

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, youth programs, 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

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.

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.

Guests and Nationwide Reciprocity

Bring your friends to the Y

Guests are welcome at the Y beginning July 1! We have missed our community members and guests and appreciate your understanding as we navigated state restrictions during the pandemic.

Visit a Y around the country

Our Y is part of Nationwide Reciprocity, which means we welcome Y members from out of the area to use our facilities as a Y member. We also encourage our Y members to visit Y's while you're traveling outside your county and request access to use the Y at no additional cost through Nationwide Reciprocity.

Learn more at ymcapkc.org/join.

At what age can I leave my child unsupervised at my community center?

Children under the age of 8 need parent or guardian supervision. Children over 8 are allowed up to two hours within the facility unsupervised.