Safety Measures

We're so excited to safely welcome you back to the Y!

As we begin to reopen, the YMCA of South Hampton Roads is implementing the following safety measures in an effort to reduce the health risks for staff, members, and other visitors to our facility.



Single Entry/Exit

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

Regular Temperature Checks

Both staff and members will receive temperature checks and screening before being allowed to start their work shift or to check in.

PPE for All Staff

All staff will be required to wear masks and other personal protective equipment.

Shift Management

YMCA staff members will work the same shift each workday to help limit exposure.


Members will be asked to self-scan key tags to allow for limited contact entry.

Maintain Safe Capacities

Capacity limits 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. 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.

Designed for Social Distance

All open areas inside the Y have been evaluated and redesigned where necessary to help ensure social distancing between members. Signage will be placed throughout the facility to drive awareness of this requirement, and some amenities where social distancing would be difficult have been closed.

Additional Staff Training

YMCA staff members are being trained in safety protocols and will continually monitor each area to ensure that safety measures are being properly followed by staff and members.



Stay Home if You’re Sick
Members should stay home if they don’t feel well. The CDC and state public health officials encourage seniors and members of vulnerable populations, including those with underlying health conditions, to stay at home.

Be Ready for Temperature Checks
All members will have their temperature taken prior to check in. We will also ask you health screening questions when you enter the center.

Masks are Required
All visitors to the Y ages 10+ are required to wear a mask while at the Y (exceptions: while actively exercising or in the pool), especially in common areas where other members are present. All visitors to the Y ages 2–9 are strongly recommended to wear a mask, but children under the age of 2 must not wear a mask.

Bring a Towel and a Water Bottle
Members will be asked to bring their own water bottle and a workout towel (towel services will not be provided). Water fountains will be closed.

Wash Your Hands When Entering & Before Leaving
Members are asked to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds immediately after checking in and before checking out.

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.

Expect Reduced Capacity
To ensure proper social distancing, our wellness areas will have a limited capacity. At times of full capacity you will be asked to wait in a designated area until space is available.

Remember to  Wipe Down Equipment
 Please help us reduce the risk of exposure by wiping down all equipment, weights, mats, etc. before and after use with the provided cleaning materials.

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 form.