Reopening Guide


  • Know what to expect—see our safety measures.
  • To help keep staff and members safe, it is vital that we all do our best to prevent the spread of illness. So, we are asking that all members take the Health & Safety Pledge to help keep others safe while at the Y.
  • Please check back frequently as this information is subject to change.


Which YMCAs are open in North Carolina?

The following locations are open at 30% capacity following state guidelines. Reservations are required for fitness classes and swimming activities. Drop-in care has resumed. For hours and information, visit the Locations page.

Please note that per order of the NC Governor, masks are required for ages 5 and up at all times while indoors at the Y, including while actively exercising, and are strongly recommended for ages 2–4.

  • Albemarle Family YMCA
  • Currituck Family YMCA
  • Outer Banks Family YMCA


Which YMCAs are open in Virginia?

The following locations are open at 75% capacity per state guidelines.
Reservations are required for fitness classes and swimming activities. Drop-in care has resumed. For hours and information, visit the Locations page.

  • Blocker Norfolk Family YMCA
  • Eastern Shore Family YMCA
  • Effingham Street Family YMCA
  • Great Bridge/Hickory Family YMCA
  • Greenbrier Family YMCA
  • Greenbrier North YMCA Wellness & Racquetball Center
  • Hilltop Family YMCA
  • Indian River Family YMCA
  • James L. Camp Jr. Family YMCA
  • Mt. Trashmore Family YMCA
  • Princess Anne Family YMCA
  • Suffolk Family YMCA
  • Taylor Bend Family YMCA
  • First Tee — Hampton Roads
  • YMCA at Edinburgh
  • YMCA of Portsmouth
  • YMCA of South Boston/Halifax County
  • YMCA on Granby


What amenities are open and closed?

The following amenities are open with safety measures in place.

Reservations are required for fitness classes, racquetball, swimming and tennis. Read participation guidelines.

  • Wellness centers
  • Group fitness spaces
  • REGYMEN Fitness
  • Lobbies
  • Stay & Play at most locations (coming soon in North Carolina)
  • Interactive Zones at some locations
  • Gymnasiums
  • Hot Tubs (in North Carolina)
  • Indoor pools
  • Locker rooms and showers
  • Outdoor pools
  • Racquetball courts*
  • Restrooms
  • Tennis courts

*The racquetball courts at the Outer Banks Family YMCA are temporarily closed to provide space for the Y's e-Learning Academy child care program.

The following amenities remain closed:

  • Coffee stations
  • Stay & Play (coming soon in North Carolina)
  • Steam rooms
  • Saunas
  • Hot tubs (in Virginia)
  • Splash parks, wading pools, slides, hot tubs and saunas (in Virginia)


How will the Y manage capacities?

Capacities have been set in our facility management software in accordance with current state guidelines. When you check in to the Y, your check-in will be added to the calculation of that YMCA's current capacity use. 

NEW: You will need to check out with member services when leaving the Y.

You can see how close to capacity the Y is by clicking here and viewing the current status for your location.

What programs is the Y offering?

The following programs will be offered with safety measures in place. Reservations are required for all programs. Click the links below to access the reservation schedules or for registration info.


Help Us All Stay Safe

Stay Home if You're Sick


Do not enter any YMCA space if you have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days or are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.


CDC and state guidelines also encourage seniors and other vulnerable populations to stay home.

Temperature Checks


All members will have their temperature taken prior to check in, and staff will also receive daily temperature checks.

Expect Reduced Capacity


According to current state guidelines, YMCAs in Virginia may open at 75% capacity and YMCAs in North Carolina may open at 30% capacity. At times of full capacity, you will be asked to wait in a designated area until space is available.

Reservations are required for swimming, group fitness and racquetball.

Keep Your Distance


Respect all signs regarding social distancing. Stay at least six feet away from others wherever possible and at least ten feet away when exercising, in fitness classes or in the pool.

Wipe Down Equipment


Use the cleaning materials provided, wipe equipment before and after your workout.

Masks Required


Mask are required for all visitors to the Y ages 5+ following state guidelines and recommendations from the CDC, Department of Education and American Academy of Pediatricians. Masks are strongly recommended for ages 2–4. Children under the age of 2 should not wear a mask.


In Virginia, you may remove your mask when actively exercising, but masks are required in all common areas (hallways, lobbies, locker rooms, etc.)


In North Carolina, masks are required at all times per order of the Governor, including while actively exercising.

WARNING/DISCLAIMER: COVID-19 Pandemic is Ongoing

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily through person-to-person contact. Federal and state authorities recommend social distancing as a means to prevent the spread of the virus. 

COVID-19 can lead to severe illness, personal injury, permanent disability, and death. Participating in this organization’s programs or accessing our facilities could increase the risk of contracting COVID-19. 

This organization in no way warrants that COVID-19 infection will not occur through participation in our programs or accessing our facilities.

When you first come back to the Y, you must sign the Assumption of Risk/Waiver of Liability.