The Y is a key partner in keeping our community physically and mentally healthy by providing much needed access to exercise and programs for all ages. We believe it is our responsibility to protect our members, participants, and employees so a visit to our facilities is as safe and enjoyable and possible. Our YMCA has followed regulations and guidelines set by the state of New Jersey, local Public Health Department and the CDC throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Consistent with that practice, effective Friday, May 28 we will be easing our mask and distancing restrictions in some cases in alignment with the CDC and the Governor’s new Executive Order issued on Monday, May 24.
In accordance with the State's announcement and CDC guidelines, individuals age 12 and older, including members, guests, volunteers and staff, who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, will no longer be required to wear a mask while inside our Y’s Family Center beginning Friday, May 28.
Children ages 2-11, and those that are not fully vaccinated, will still be required to wear a mask when visiting the Y.
These changes do not apply to child care centers, after-school programs, and summer camps.
Fully vaccinated is defined as:
- Two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines,
- Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
Individuals not meeting the above requirements are not considered fully vaccinated and therefore are required to continue wearing a mask when inside our YMCA buildings.
We are relying on the integrity and honesty of our members and participants in order to maintain the safest possible environment within our Family Center. But we reserve the right to ask for vaccine verification at any time and for any reason. Staff who are verified as fully vaccinated by Human Resources will gain mask-free privileges within the Family Center. 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, we ask that you please continue to wear a mask while inside the Madison Area YMCA, to protect those who remain at risk.
If you are immunocompromised, it is recommended that you continue wearing a mask in all public settings, including the YMCA.
Regardless of your vaccination status, please refrain from coming to the Y when not feeling well. If you are feeling unwell, wear a mask to protect others. We also ask that all staff, members, participants and guests maintain the safest physical distances while at the Family Center, and be mindful of floor markings that indicate the safest distances for group classes and sessions.
Mask wearing is also permissible in the YMCA by any member at any time. Some members, participants and staff may choose to continue wearing their masks and we ask that you respect their choice.
We ask that all members demonstrate the YMCA Core 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 group exercise classes.
- Require quarantine for staff members who test positive for COVID-19.
Please note that the new executive order does not lift the mask restriction for children ages 2-11, so these requirements remain. Changes outlined in the new executive order do not extend to summer camp, child care, preschools and schools, so protocols at our F.M. Kirby Children’s Center and our summer day camps at all locations remain intact for the time being.
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, to update our policies. We will continue to communicate any changes to our health and safety policies as they occur. I appreciate your continued compliance and vigilance as we enter this new phase in the pandemic recovery.
Thank you for being a valued member of the Madison Area YMCA community.
President and CEO
Madison Area YMCA