Why does the Y require wearing a mask at all times, including indoors, outdoors, and while working out?

We understand the state guidelines change often and sometimes lack clarity, which can create confusion and frustration. Our intent is to provide clarity and create a safe environment in collaboration with Y members and staff.

The Y is currently following the Fitness and Training COVID-19 Requirements released by the Governor’s Office in January 2021. These requirements state: “Masks required for staff and participants at all times.” The full document is available at coronavirus.wa.gov. We also follow guidelines from the state regarding the requirements of a face covering:

A face covering must:

  • Fit snugly against the sides of the face;
  • Completely cover the nose and mouth;
  • Be secured with ties, ear loops, elastic bands, or other equally effective methods;
  • Include at least one layer of cloth, although multiple layers are strongly recommended;
  • Allow for breathing without restriction; and
  • Be capable of being laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.
  • Face shields may be worn over a face covering that meets the above requirements.  

This means members ages 3+ must wear a mask while at the Y, however, we offer a variety of virtual programs and classes for all ages that can be taken from the comfort of home.

 

New Operations Phase 2

Are indoor workouts available?

Yes. We are thrilled to offer indoor workouts within the new guidelines. Capacity is dependent on room space and identified in each area.

Are Outdoor Workouts Available?

Yes. Outdoor workouts are still available within the new guidelines. Maximum capacity is dependent on center location and space.

What are operating hours?
  • Monday-Friday | 6am-7pm
  • Saturday | 7am-1pm
  • Sunday | closed

We will continue to evaluate operating hours as we move forward.

Tacoma Center YMCA

  • Monday-Friday | 6am-9:30am
  • Expanded operations anticipated on March 1
What is available to me as a member?

Indoor and outdoor group exercise classes will be available by reservation.

Indoor and outdoor workouts are available.

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

  • Soccer Team Play
  • Dance Visual Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Preschool, recreation, and team gymnastics
  • Toddler Gym
  • Outdoor Environmental Education
  • Swim Lessons

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

Court sports, including basketball, handball, pickle ball, racquetball, and squash.

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

YMCA Camp Seymour Outdoor Adventures serve one family per activity.

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 with reservation. You can view availability and make a reservation on our reservations page. Anyone participating in pool activities is required to be an active member.

Tacoma Center YMCA Is Now Open For Lap Swim

Currently, only the pool is open at the Tacoma Center Y from 6-9:30am.

We anticipate expanded operations on March 1. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

Are masks required at the Y?

We are operating in compliance with all government guidelines to maintain a healthy environment for everyone. The statewide order now requires individuals to wear a face-covering for all indoor and outdoor activities.

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

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 in place as of yet. While we learn more and develop a vaccine practice we ask that our members continue to adhere to our preventative measures to include health screening, mask use, and social distancing.

 

Aquatics Information

Why are you offering split lap lane swimming with the new state restrictions?

State guidelines allowed for a shift in aquatics programming and those guidelines were not reversed in the latest set of restrictions.

Lap swimming is a popular and important part of our Y and double occupancy allows us to better meet the demand of our members.

Where can I change after swimming?

Showers are available for cleansing prior to entering the pool, consistent with health department guidelines for swimming. After swimming, you may change in a restroom stall or towel off on the pool deck in your swimsuit. We understand this is not ideal and will reopen locker rooms and shower when state guidelines allow.

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?

We are operating in compliance with all government guidelines to maintain a healthy environment for everyone. The statewide order now requires individuals to wear a face covering for all indoor and outdoor activities.

If you do not wish to wear a mask or are unable to we invite you to join us virtually, 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' 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.

 

Reservations and Virtual Classes

Will reservations be required to visit the Y?

Yes, reservations for specific programs (indoor and outdoor workouts and group exercise classes, lap swim, and water aerobics) will still be necessary.

 

 

Do you have group exercise classes?

Yes, group exercise class offerings are available at your local Y. You can review the class schedule and make your reservations. Classes will be limited to five to ten members depending on location.

Will I get reimbursed if I can’t get in because of the reservation system?

We expect we'll have the capacity to serve members at their desired activity level, but we'll rely on your feedback to ensure our plan is working! If you determine we cannot serve you well in this season we can support with an extended hold.

How many lap lane reservations can I make per day?

To ensure that we can best serve we ask that only one lap lane reservation, per member, per day is made.

What If I Need Help Making A Reservation?

Please email us a membership@ymcapkc.org or ask your friendly Y staff at your local Y.

Why am I unable to view my visit and group exercise class reservations?

Currently reservations are only visible within our appointment system at the time they are made. Please refer to your reservation confirmation email for complete details and how to make changes to your reservation.

How do I cancel or reschedule my visit or group exercise class reservation?

Please refer to your reservation confirmation email and use the "click here to cancel or reschedule" link to make changes to your reservation.

Do you have outdoor exercise opportunities?

Yes! We currently have group exercise and individual workout opportunities. You can view offerings and make a reservation ymcapkc.org/reserve.

 

Courts and Facility Access

Will Child Watch open when the building reopens?

The Mel Korum and Lakewood Family YMCAs now offer Y Club, an expanded learning opportunity for youth ages 3-6. Learn more at www.ymcapkc.org/y-club.

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

Yes! Please reserve your time for court sports at www.ymcapkc.org/reserve.

Are the indoor tracks available for use?

Yes, our indoor tracks are available and accessible with no reservation. Masks are required at all times, even during activity.

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. Masks are required at all times, even during 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

Each child will be able 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 only required for active participation in all parent/child swim lessons and toddler gym. Membership is not required for parent viewing.

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.
  • The Y is currently open to YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties members only. However, one non-member parent/guardian with youth-only accounts may access the Y with the youth member. Photo identification and standard check-in process required.
Do youth participants have to wear masks?

Masks are required for youth 3+.  

  • Gymnastics - Mask required upon class arrival, while actively participating in program activity, departure, and times of transition between activities for youth 3+
  • Dance, Theater, and Visual Arts - Mask required upon class arrival, while actively participating in program activity, departure, and times of transition between activities for youth 3+
  • Visual Arts - Mask required for program for youth 3+
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. So 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.