Your Welcome Back Guide
See how we're adapting to the newest safety precautions for slowing the spread of COVID-19.
Information is subject to change as new guidelines are released. Please check back often for updates.
Updated: June 21, 2021.
Beginning Monday, July 5:
Expanded Hours: Local Ys will continue to operate on a 5-day schedule. On weekdays, all local Ys except Downtown Seattle and University Family will open from 5:00 am–8:00 pm on weekdays and 8:00 am–3:00 pm on weekends. Select a location to learn more >
No Reservations for Group Exercise: Schedules will be posted later this month. See schedules >
Individual Reservations for Recreational Swim: Pool will no longer be separated into quadrants. Read what to know before you swim >
Jacuzzis, Saunas, and Hot Tubs Reopen: Availability based on pool schedule. See schedules >
First time back at the Y? Here's what's important to know before your visit:
Branch Hours are Different: Local Ys are open 5 days a week, except Fauntleroy which is temporarily closed. Each local Y has new hours of operation, including limited operations from 12:00-3:00 pm on weekdays. Check hours >
Masks are Required: In accordance with a King County Health Directive, they're required at all times indoors, including during exercise, regardless of vaccination status. See policy >
Bring Your Water Bottle and Towel Too: Along with a mask, please bring your membership ID, a water bottle, and a towel. Towel service is not offered.
Kids Zone is now Kids Club: Drop-in care is restricted under current state guidelines. Monthly reservations are available for kids 2-9 in Kids Club. Learn more >
We chose our current hours of operation in order to be open for members at the most desired times of day while maximizing our available resources.
With that being said, we know there is a demand for greater hours. We’re working on staffing and cleaning plans that will help us expand our hours further this fall. Our plans will depend on the latest COVID-19 safety information and local restrictions. As new decisions are made about our hours of operation and other activities at the Y, we will notify members via our website, email, phone, and in-person.
Pool services, including lap swimming and family recreational swim
Drop-in use of cardio, strength, and free weight equipment
Group exercise classes, indoors and outdoors
Locker rooms and showers
Scheduled time in the gym for drop-in use, including badminton and pickleball
Reservations for families in our Adventure Zone spaces (Family Time)
Reservations for racquetball
Kids Club, a monthly, reservation-based care program to keep kids ages 2-9 active and entertained while you get a worry-free workout
Beginning Monday, 7/5:
Jacuzzis, saunas, and hot tubs
Guest passes and daily passes
We’ll post schedules for each local Y soon detailing when the gym is available for drop-in use and what equipment is available for use.
In general, you’ll find a standard-size basketball hoop (about 10 feet high), as well as equipment for net sports including badminton and pickleball at select locations. Due to limited staffing, we won’t be able to adjust the hoop height for each reservation.
Try one of these ideas for you during time in the gym:
Yes, you can play pickup basketball during the current phase of Washington state's reopening. We’ll post schedules for each local Y soon detailing when the gym is available for drop-in use and what equipment is available for use.
Given the size and diversity of our community, we feel that it is impractical to track vaccination status and inequitable to require full vaccination in order to participate in activities at the Y at this time. The Y is a place for all. We do believe that vaccines save lives and encourage unvaccinated members of our community to join us at an upcoming clinic. Read the full mask policy >
Our reservation window opens at 6:00 am two (2) days in advance of the reservation start date. Find instructions here.
If your membership is on hold, your hold will end and you will be charged a pro-rated amount of membership dues based off of your normal draft date after you make a reservation.
You have a number of options for your membership:
Keep an active membership: As the region’s leading nonprofit, we rely on your membership dues to help sustain our operations in this very uncertain time. We are not immune to economic challenges presented by the pandemic and we are so grateful for your continued support. .
Place Your Membership on Hold: Placing your membership on hold will pause your membership dues. Start a Hold
Cancel Your Membership: By cancelling your membership, you may be charged a join fee and may need to complete a new membership application and/or scholarship request if you choose to rejoin at a later date. Request Membership Cancellation
For these local memberships, we've temporarily upgraded your access to include any of our open YMCA of Greater Seattle branch at no extra cost. We will communicate to you in advance when this upgrade is planned to end.
You can begin using YMCA of Greater Seattle programs and facilities on Monday, 7/5.
Family Time is a safe, indoor space for you to get the wiggles out! Reservations are 45 minutes in length.
We've designed each Family Time space to accommodate infants, toddlers, preschool, and school-age youth, including play structures or tumbling mats depending on location. (The Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA and Snoqualmie Valley YMCA do not have play structures and will offer tumbling mats.) Socks must be worn while on play structures. There is an area for parents to observe.
Family Time reservations are available for all participants on the same household membership, with a supervising adult of at least 18 years old. There is no limit to the number of participants if they are all from the same household and all on the same membership plan. Contact us to add someone from your household to your membership; costs vary depending on your membership type.
We do not allow outside toys, food, or drink in our Family Time spaces. Water is okay.
Depending on location, families will be able to utilize the bathroom in the space. For locations where no bathroom is available in the space, families will be able to utilize the nearest facility bathroom. A supervising adult must accompany youth to bathroom. Masks are required when outside the Kids Zone space.
We have allowed at least 30 minutes in-between each reservation time to ensure we are creating a clean and healthy environment. All staff have been thoroughly trained on cleaning procedures for the space.
Due to only having one family per reservation time, we will not be able to accommodate walk-ups.
We encourage families to stay as a family unit and in the space as much as possible during their reservation. No members outside of the family household is allowed in the space, even just to say hi.
We've made it easier than ever to find member and account information with our new Support Center. Find instructions for managing your account, easy access to request forms, and a complete list of our policies all in one place.
On-demand exercise, classes taught on livestream, activities for the whole family, and much more are now available through the Y. Take a short video tour to learn more about engaging with the Y from home.
With a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, improving health and well-being, and supporting our neighbors, your membership will not just bring about meaningful change in yourself, but also in your community.