Welcoming You Back to the Y during Phase Three of the Safe Start plan

Last updated: June 18, 2020, at 3:58 p.m. PT

Originally published: June 1, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. PT

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We are getting ready to welcome you back to the Y.

We miss you! It’s been hard to be away from the people we care about. Thank you for persevering and doing your part to stay safe and stop the spread of coronavirus. We are so looking forward to welcoming community back to the YMCA of Greater Seattle. Continue reading for an overview of what we are planning for your welcome back, as well as where to find updates as more information becomes available.

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A phased approach

There is nothing more important to us than the safety of you, our members, and our staff. Our plan to welcome you back will closely follow the guidelines released by Governor Inslee’s Safe Start plan.

We are planning to expand our operations during Phase Three of the governor’s plan, whenever that occurs. As of now, we do not yet have an exact date scheduled. As information about our welcome back plan develops, we will share it with you here on our website. In the meantime, we will continue to diligently plan for your return.


How we’re getting ready

We’re following guidelines from health experts and local officials to ensure that our facilities meet the highest standards for hygiene and safety. We will deliberately phase-in areas and amenities of low risk as we grow back to full capacity and resume programs.

New safety measures

Here are a few of the safety measures we will take when we welcome you back:

  • New practices for healthy physical and social distancing, including spacing of fitness equipment

  • New guidelines for members and staff, including temperature screenings and cleaning protocols

  • Staff wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep themselves and others safe

  • Ample access to hand washing/sanitizer stations for all

  • Significant disinfecting of equipment and activity areas throughout the day

  • The ability to reserve time to exercise and access building space

  • Increased availability of outdoor programming for families and individuals

Watch this video to see how many Y’s across the country are prepping for your return.

As with any newly emerging infectious disease, knowledge evolves with time and recommendations may change. We are closely monitoring information from public health officials and will follow their prevention guidelines to help keep our facilities clean and our community healthy.

Adapting our programs

Now and into the future, we will continue to engage and serve all people where they are. This work includes:

  • Dedicated hours for seniors and vulnerable populations when we reopen to members

  • Live virtual workouts from our Y instructors available now

  • On-demand resources include workouts, tips for healthy living, and more in the Healthy Living Room

  • At-home activities for any age in the Family Room

  • Ways to engage daily with us on Facebook and Twitter

  • Continued outreach to vulnerable members, such as older adults and participants in chronic disease prevention programs


How to stay updated

As information about our welcome back plan develops, we will share it with you here on our website at seattleymca.org/welcomeback. We also recommend connecting with us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on the latest news.

If you’re a member of the Y, we may also communicate with you via email, phone, or physical mail. We ask that log into your YMCA account to make sure that your contact information is up to date. Once you log in, click on “Change Primary Account Information” to edit your contact information.

Lastly, you can stay up to date on when and how to pick-up your Sustaining Member Y Bucks at seattleymca.org/ybucks


We’re so looking forward to welcoming you back. Thank you for staying with us.



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