The Burlington Area YMCA is reopening
on Monday, May 18th at 5:00am.
Please read this complete communication for details.

First and foremost, a sincere thank you to everyone for your understanding, patience and cooperation as we work through this pandemic together.  We have certainly missed all of our members and guests and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Y.  This email is to give you an update on the status of our YMCA operations as a whole.

Per Governor Reynolds’ briefing on May 13 th, 2020, we are eligible to reopen the Burlington Area YMCA at 50% capacity. With the recent adjustments of COVID-related restrictions and the Y’s ability to create safe spaces, we will be reopening on Monday, May 18 th, 2020 at 5:00am.  We have taken guidance from local, state and federal agencies and implemented strategies to reopen our facility as safely and responsibly as possible. With that in mind, we will do a “soft opening” of the YMCA within the following parameters:

1.       The Pool, all Locker Rooms, Health Service Centers, Martial Arts Area, Track, Gym 2, Aerobics and Dance Rooms, Youth Zone, Child Watch Room, Coffee Lounge and Pool Lobby Lounge will remain closed.

2.       The YMCA will not be serving coffee or snacks, and vending machines will be unavailable at this time.

3.       All Youth & Adult Programs, including Child Watch, will remain closed.

4.       If you need something from your locker, a staff person will retrieve the items for you.

5.       Drinking fountains will be closed at this time. Members are encouraged to bring in a water bottle.

6.       Adult group fitness classes will begin on a limited basis as instructors and time slots are secured. Classes will be limited to 9 participants and an instructor until further notice. In order to participate, members must register online or by phone (no earlier than the day prior to the day that the class is scheduled).  All fitness classes will take place in Gym 1 to allow for social distancing.

7.       Members will be verbally health screened for COVID 19 symptoms upon entry.

8.        All members will be required to sign a waiver prior to using the facility.  The waiver can be accessed by clicking HERE. Members under the age of 18 must have a parent/legal guardian sign the waiver prior to using the facility.

9.       Youth must be at least 14 years old to use the facility alone. Anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by, and in direct supervision of, their parent/guardian at all times.

10.   Facility usage will be limited to a one-hour per member to allow facility access for others. If no one is waiting in line, and the facility is not at full capacity, the 1-hour time limit can be extended with staff permission. 
  
11.   Masks are highly encouraged, but not required.

12.   Attendance in the building will be limited to no more than 50% capacity, which is as follows:    26 members in the weight room, 24 members in the cardio room, and 5 members in the functional training room. Social distancing of at least 6 feet is required at all times.

13.   No more than 10 people are allowed in any one group and social distancing with at least 6 feet in between is mandatory throughout the facility.

14.   We cannot overload any one space. There may be times when one area is full, and additional members will not be allowed entry. We ask that you please remain patient and be as flexible as possible. 

15.   Our reduced building hours will be as follows:

Monday-Friday:               5:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday:                         7:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday:                           CLOSED
 
16.   Sanitation stations will be set up throughout the facility. Please sanitize hands at the main entrance and again prior to entering the cardio, weight room, functional training room and/or gym as you move throughout the facility.

17.   Staff will be frequently cleaning/disinfecting commonly touched areas (door handles, railings, bathrooms, bathroom fixtures, countertops, and equipment) throughout the day.

18.   We will use an electrostatic sanitation system (Clorox 360) to deep clean and sanitize equipment and large areas of the building every evening. 

19.   We request that members ensure they are wiping down equipment both before and after each use with the cleaning wipes provided.

20.   While our locker rooms will remain closed, there are restrooms available for use in the front lobby.

21.   Increased signage will be utilized to enforce social distancing.  Some cardio and weight equipment will be marked out of service to assist with social distancing.

22.   The Burlington Area YMCA will not be accepting day passes, guest passes, short term memberships, or Nationwide members until further notice.

23.   Volleyball and Pickleball will not be allowed at this time.

24.   Basketball will be limited to one person or one family unit at each hoop (in Gym 1 when there are no fitness classes taking place).  There will not be any pick-up basketball games allowed. The Y will not be checking out basketballs or any other sporting equipment during this initial phase of reopening.  Members must bring their own.

25.   Racquetball will be limited to one person or one family unit at a time in each court. During our initial phase of reopening we will not be accepting racquetball reservations, and court availability will be first come, first serve. Racquetball and other sporting equipment will not be checked out at the front desk during this initial phase of reopening. Members must bring their own.

26.   Towels and sweat towels will not be provided. 

27.   Congregating will not be allowed in the facility.

28.    Those who refuse to adhere to the current safety standards will be asked to leave the facility.

29.   Please keep in mind that the Essential Childcare Program is still open and will remain open throughout the summer. Childcare is held at the Burlington Y, and will therefore increase the number of youth in the facility. 
 
As you can see, the Burlington Area YMCA Leadership Team has been hard at work figuring out how to serve our members in a safe and responsible manner. In this time of uncertainty, we are sure of this: we will work together with our members, in addition to our board of directors and local officials, to determine the safest and most responsible way to move forward to the best of our ability in this new and different environment. 
 
As we have said before, things have been changing on a daily, weekly, and sometimes, hourly basis. I thank you for your patience as we work through our reopening. Our Board and staff are so excited to see your smiling faces in our facility! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 319-753-6734.

Burlington Area YMCA
2410 Mt. Pleasant St., Burlington, IA 52601
Phone: (319)753-6734
Web: www.burlingtony.org