Safety Protocols for Members

Staying Safe Together

Heart of the Valley YMCA has implemented the following safety protocols in an effort to reduce the health risks for members and staff in our facilities.

What the Y Is Doing

Single Entry/Exit: To help us maintain our safety protocols, we will maintain a single entry/exit point at all YMCA locations.

PPE for all Staff: All YMCA staff are required to wear masks and other personal protective equipment.

Self-Scan: Members are asked to use self-scanning stations for access to the building.

Designed for Social Distance: All areas inside the YMCA have been evaluated and redesigned where necessary to help ensure social distancing between members and staff. SIgnage is place prominently throughout our buildings to drive awareness of this requirement.

In Preparation for Reopening, We Have:

  • Installed I Wave air purification technology on all or our HVAC units supplying air to our fitness centers
  • Increased fresh, outside air flow into our fitness centers
  • Increased the number of cleaning and disinfecting stations throughout our facilities
  • Installed acrylic sneeze guards for member engagement stations
  • Ordered state-of-the-art electrostatic foggers to disinfect our fitness equipment
  • Begun replacing all of our manual paper towels, hand sanitizer and soap dispensers with touchless units
  • Assigned additional staff for cleaning.


How We're Asking Members to Help Maintain Safety

The YMCA appreciates members' adherence to the following safety precautions during their visits:

Expect Reduced Capacity: To ensure proper social distancing, our wellness areas will have a limited capacity. Please plan ahead by reserving a time slot at the branch you plan to visit at our reservations page.

Stay Home if You're Sick: Members should stay at home if they don't feel well. The CDC and Alabama Department of Public Health officials encourage seniors and members of vulnerable populations, including those with underlying health conditions, to stay at home.

Leave Family at Home: Please do not bring family who are not working out with you to the Y. Common area seating is unavailable at this time.

Wash/Sanitize Your Hands Frequently: Wash your hands or use provided hand sanitizer upon entering the facility and frequently during your visit.

Bring a Towel and Full Water Bottle: Members will be asked to bring their own water bottle and a workout towel. Towel service at the Downtown Express YMCA is suspended. Members may choose to bring a mask, and this is encouraged, especially when entering the building and where other members are present.

Keep Your Distance: Please exercise on designated equipment only and respect all signage regarding social distancing. Strive to maintain at least six feet between you and others whenever possible.

Remember to Wipe Down Equipment: Please help us reduce the risk of exposure to germs by wiping down all equipment, weights, mats, and items with cleaning materials provided at your branch.

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