Face Masks Required in YMCAs

News | Heart of the Valley YMCA | July 7, 2020

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Dear Members,

I am writing to inform you that effective at 5 p.m. today, July 7, 2020, everyone over the age of 2 years old in a YMCA facility will be required to wear a face covering as required by order of the Madison County Health Department.

This morning, YMCA leadership had a telephone conversation with a representative from the Alabama Department of Public Health to get clarification regarding how this order would apply to our members and program participants.  The order requires anyone entering and exiting the facility as well as occupying public spaces to have a face covering on.  Once exercise has begun, the face covering may be removed. Those participating in Group Exercise classes will need to keep a face covering on while setting up their equipment.  Once the class begins, face coverings may be removed.  Members utilizing the Aquatic Facilities do not need to wear face coverings while in the Natatorium or in the pool.  All members are reminded that although face coverings are now being required within the facility, proper social distancing and all other protocols (hand sanitizing, cleaning equipment, etc.) should still be followed.

Parents dropping off their children to Child Watch and/or Day Camp are required to wear a face covering in order to sign in their child.  Any child over the age of 2 years old must also have a face covering on when entering/exiting the facility.  Children may remove their face coverings once they are in the Child Watch area or have joined their assigned group in the Day Camp program.  Please provide a Ziploc bag with your child’s name clearly written on it in order to store their face covering when not in use to prevent contamination of the face covering.  Children will be required to wear their face masks during transition times from one activity to another and when they are walking throughout the facility.  Please let the YMCA Staff know if you would prefer that your child wear their face covering at all times while in the YMCA facility.

Those who have a physical or mental health condition and may be adversely affected by wearing a face covering should speak to the Branch Executive to discuss possible modifications to this requirement.  Medical documentation of the health condition may be requested in order to make a decision regarding reasonable modifications. The YMCA reserves the right to refuse entry to our facilities or participation in programs to anyone who refuses to comply with the health order.

For any questions or additional clarification, please contact the Leadership Staff at your YMCA Branch.


Jerry Courtney
Heart of the Valley YMCA

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