Your Safety Is Our Top Priority
Please be assured that your safety – and the safety of all our members, program participants, staff and volunteers – is our number one priority. We are following guidelines from health experts and local officials to ensure that our facilities meet the highest standards for hygiene and safety, and we have modified our policies and programs to facilitate safe physical/social distancing practices. A recent article highlights the safety of returning to the gym.
On Monday, May 24th, Governor Murphy announced major changes to mask and social distancing rules that will impact our facilities beginning on Friday, May 28.
His announcement lifting the NJ statewide indoor mask mandate for fully vaccinated individuals and 6-foot social distancing rule in public spaces and settings, including gyms, follows the CDC’s recent guidance recommending that individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear a mask or social distance in any setting.
In accordance with the State’s announcement and CDC guidelines, our Y association will no longer require masks for fully vaccinated individuals starting on Friday, May 28. Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.
Children ages 2-11 will still be required to wear a mask when visiting the Y. (Note: children are not required to wear masks in swim lessons or in outdoor youth sports programs. Masks will be required for indoor youth programs and Childwatch at this time).
These changes do not apply to child care centers, before- and after-school programs, and summer camps as these areas operate under separate state licensing COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Fully vaccinated is defined as:
● 2 weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
● 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine of the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
We will not require proof of vaccination status. As the Y evolves its practices in compliance with the CDC and NJ Department of Health, we encourage you to practice health and safety measures that make you most comfortable. If you are unvaccinated, you are required to wear a mask while inside the YMCA to protect yourself and others who remain at risk.
If you are immunocompromised, it is recommended that you continue wearing a mask in all public settings, including the YMCA.
No matter your vaccination status, please refrain from coming to the Y when not feeling well.
All members and guests – regardless of vaccination status – are permitted to continue to wear a face mask if they choose.
We ask that all members demonstrate the YMCA values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility toward each other and our dedicated staff team.
The YMCA will continue to:
- Apply our enhanced cleaning practices
- Require reservations for swimming and childwatch.
- Require quarantine for staff and members who test positive for COVID-19
Our licensed child care programs, summer camps and youth aquatic programs will continue to follow CDC, State, licensing, and local Health Department recommendations in addition to requirements from host school districts, including social distancing and mask requirements.
All staff will still be required to undergo temperature checks and health screenings. Masks will be optional for fully vaccinated staff. Staff at camp and childcare programs will follow required state guidance.
Your safety remains our top priority and we value your support as we work to provide a safe environment for all. Throughout this pandemic, we have been following both the State and CDC guidance, as well as that of local health authorities, in crafting our policies. We will continue to communicate any changes to our health and safety policies as they occur.
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, or feeling unwell, please stay home for the safety of all.