We Have Your Health and Safety in Mind
Our staff is excited to welcome you back. If you haven't been back yet, we want to assure you our top priority is the health and safety of our members, guests, volunteers and staff. We are working with the State of Michigan, the CDC, the Jackson County Department of Health and the State Alliance of Michigan YMCAs, to stay up-to-date with all of the best practices for COVID safety guidelines.
Please read our "Welcome Back Flyer" in the link below for important information on our new policies and procedures and complete the COVID waiver below.
We are excited to welcome you back to the Y! Here are the answers to many Frequently Asked Questions. For more information, please visit www.JacksonYMCA.org or call us at 517.782.0537.
Who can return to the YMCA upon re-opening?
Any healthy member may return to the YMCA. We ask that children under age 16 be accompanied by an adult. You will be required to wear a facial covering at all times (exception: those who are medically unable) unless in the pool. You must also sign a new waiver on your first visit back and receive a wellness screening when you come to the Y. The waiver is available at JacksonYMCA.org and may be completed online before you come to the Y.
Who cannot return to the YMCA?
Please do not come to the Y if you or a member of your household are ill. Anyone who has been in contact with someone who has been sick should avoid the YMCA for 14 days.
Will everything be the same as when you closed?
You can expect the Same Y, but a New Y, at least initially. To ensure we can appropriately manage social distancing and cleaning, locker rooms will close weekdays at 1:30 pm for an hour. Many programs are currently on hold; we are taking a phased approach to re-opening and will gradually roll out programs and services.
Why are some services not available?
Some services like Kids Zone, Free Coffee Friday, adult and youth sports, some senior and specialty programming, steam room/sauna and more have been suspended to keep members and staff healthy or to adhere to state requirements. Suspending these services also avoids high-contact areas and maintains social distancing requirements.
How will I be protected from COVID-19 at the YMCA?
The safety of our members and staff is our priority, and we are taking every possible step to help keep everyone safe.
- All members and staff will be screened before being allowed to enter the building.
- All members and staff are required to wear face coverings in all areas except the pool.
- Hand sanitation stations are located throughout the building.
- Some equipment has been moved to the small gym to maximize distancing.
- Locker rooms will be closed for one hour, 1:30-2:30 pm weekdays, for cleaning.
- Sneeze guards are in place and minimum hand to hand transactions are encouraged.
What else is new?
You will see a new, one-way traffic pattern when you come to the Y. This is designed to eliminate crowding in the hallways. Signs throughout the facility will direct you where to go – and any Y staff member is happy to help you!
In addition to checking in, you also will need to check out, so we can accurately track the number of people in the building. We have modified our hours slightly and will be open 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and are closed Sundays. Our Summit Branch is closed in our first phase.
When can I expect things to get back to normal at the YMCA?
Like most businesses, things may never be exactly as they were before COVID-19. We are, however, striving to return services and facilities to a new normal safe state. We plan for this to happen in phases gradually as we monitor staff and member health. We will enhance cleaning of equipment and spaces with higher frequency.