July 3, 2020 Update
We look forward to welcoming you. We are committed to providing a safe environment for all members and staff. Please familiarize yourself with our policies and procedures for participating in programs at the Y:
- Prior to attending for the first time, you will need to e-sign an updated Facility Usage Agreement waiver. Click here to sign (enter your membership barcode number and last name to get started). This only needs to be completed once, and only one individual within each Couple or Family membership needs to sign.
- We highly recommend taking your/your child’s temperature at home prior to visiting the Y. If registering greater than 100.4 degrees, please stay home for the safety of all.
- Face coverings are required upon arrival at the Y and through the health screening process. Please see specific program area for additional requirements.
- For the safety of all, staff and members are required to have a daily Wellness Screening prior to entering the Y facility or participating in programs. The Wellness Screening is designed to make sure that all members and staff are deemed healthy by taking their temperature with a touchless thermometer and asking four wellness screening questions.
- A failed wellness screening result when: Temperature is greater than 100.4 degrees, or a “YES” answer to any of the four wellness screening questions. Those with a failed wellness screening will be denied entrance and will receive information about options for when they can safely return to the Y.
June 11, 2020 Update
The Hunterdon County YMCA’s priority is to provide a safe and healthy environment for families to grow and thrive. Our re-opening plan prioritizes the health and well-being of our members, staff and the community we serve. Our plan is built upon the careful review and research of CDC guidelines, local and national government regulations and input from YUSA and other YMCA associations. The Y has continued to serve in this environment, including Emergency Childcare. Our operating systems and protocols have proved effective and seamless. As we transition to open more programs and services, members can expect a high degree of health and safety practices that have been tried and tested in real time.
As we await further guidelines from the Office of the Governor, we have prepared a number of items to expect when we welcome you back to the Y.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
- We plan to open in phases, including the hours of operation, and service/programs available for usage. We will take it on a week-by-week basis, and slowly expand our offerings to ensure safety precautions are being met. Planned Phase I amenities include Fitness Center, Outdoor Fitness Classes & Programs, and Lap Swim dependent on state guidelines. Visit our website for most current information
- To ensure social distancing, reservations will be required for lap swim and outdoor group fitness classes, and other outdoor programs.
- All members will be required to e-sign a waiver before using the Y. The link to the waiver will be sent prior to our reopening.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
- We expect that the wearing of face coverings/masks will be required by the State.
- Wear your workout clothes, locker rooms will only be available for restrooms
- Bring your own mat and workout towel each visit
- Bring your water bottle, drinking fountains will be bottle-fill only
Thank you! We greatly appreciate your cooperation to create a safe environment for everyone.
May 6, 2020 Update
We hope that you and your loved ones are staying healthy. The Y leadership team is patiently and diligently working remotely to safely prepare for the day we are permitted by the Office of the Governor to open our doors and begin welcoming you back. In addition, our maintenance and operations teams are taking initial steps to prepare our buildings for reopening. We look forward to that day and when it comes, we’ll be ready. Here are some of the steps we are taking and what you can expect when we are able to reopen:
- Phased reopening: We plan to open in phases, including the hours of operation, and service/programs available for usage. We will take it on a week-by-week basis, and slowly expand our offerings to ensure safety precautions are being met. In addition, we will continue to offer virtual options during our early phases.
- Physical distancing and capacity measures: Monitoring the number of individuals in the building at once is paramount to succeed in social distancing. Each room will have specific capacity limits as we implement physical distancing guidelines from health authorities, such as the CDC and health department. There will be floor markings and additional signage for guidance.
- Cleanliness and sanitization: We’re planning for increased cleaning and disinfection by our professional cleaning company and Y staff. We will also require members to do their part.
- Screening and prevention support: We’ll follow guidance from the government and the medical community regarding enhanced screening procedures and prevention measures, including those related to personal protective equipment (PPE), such as face coverings.
- Staff training:We’re further emphasizing our strong culture of health and safety amongst our staff members, and will continue to provide new training and reinforcement as we get closer to reopening.
In the meantime, our staff teams continue working remotely to provide virtual offerings while continuing to support and strengthen our community.
I can’t wait to welcome you back when our doors reopen. Our spaces will be different (social distancing), our greetings will be different (no hugs or handshakes for a while) but the heartfelt warmth of the Y will shine through.
I am looking forward to an exact date when I can say…
See you at the Y,
Bruce B. Black
March 18, 2020
We know you still have a lot of questions. We do, too. All of us at the Y are grateful for the outpouring of support many of you have expressed. We are committed to doing everything possible to secure the future of the YMCA, and all its services, as these uncertain times continue.
As a community benefit non-profit, membership dues are the foundation of our work, and closure for any length of time represents a significant threat to our non-profit organization. We cannot express the potentially devastating impact extensive cancellations could have. We know the Y is an extension of your family and we remain honored and committed to serving you, just as we have served for the last 117 years.
Here are some things we can share with you:
- Those currently enrolled in our Winter Session of classes or Stingrays Swim Academy: we will do our best to schedule make up classes for when we re-open. If we are unable to schedule a makeup class you’ll have two choices: you can consider your program fees a donation to the Y’s ongoing mission to serve community or take a credit toward future programming in the 2020 calendar year. For questions about programs, please contact Kristin Heimall, Senior Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All members also have a choice. You can consider your membership dues an important tax-deductible donation to the Y. If this is your choice – thank you. No actions are necessary. If you would like to do something different, such as membership freeze, we are able to assist you. If you need assistance, please email Justin Grand, Sr. Director of Membership Engagement at email@example.com.
- For families enrolled in our Before and After School Programs, please click here for information. For questions, please contact Wendy Crocetti, School Age Child Care Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are so much more than a gym for so many, and keeping up with routines, even modified ones, is important for everyone’s health. We are happy to be able to offer our members Virtual Membership, which includes free streaming group fitness classes and more. Click here to get started.
Please monitor our website www.hcymca.org for important messages and updates. We will continue to share alternative ways in which you can still participate and support the community.Click here to learn more about ways you can help the community.
We miss you and hope to see you soon. However, with Governor Murphy’s orders on closure of all non-essential businesses, schools, and social distancing, we must now follow his lead. His orders did not specify an end date, so we will remain closed until we receive further instructions from the Office of the Governor.
For further information, please use the following links:
Hunterdon Healthcare has created a hotline for the community to call in with questions regarding Coronavirus. The Hunterdon Healthcare COVID Hotline can be reached by calling 908-788-6440. The hotline will be open seven days a week, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.