Your Welcome Back Guide
See how we're adapting to the newest safety precautions for slowing the spread of COVID-19. We can't wait to see you soon!
Information is subject to change as new guidelines are released. Please check back often for updates.
Last updated Thursday, May 13 at 1:56 pm.
MASKS: Required at all times, including during exercise, regardless of vaccination status - See policy >
RESERVATIONS: Not required for cardio, strength, and free weights. Required for all other activities, including group exercise classes. Learn more >
LOCKER ROOMS: Now open to all except at the University Family Y. Previously were open to swimmers only.
FACILITIES: Branches open 5 days a week, except Fauntleroy which is temporarily closed - Check hours >
AMENITIES: Access for guests as well as access to our membership desk is suspended. Please use our Support Center for membership help.
Check Branch Hours: We have new hours of operation, including a mid-day break for cleaning. Check branch information before you visit.
Stay Home if Sick: We'll conduct a health screening before you enter the Y. If you've been sick in the last 10 days, please stay home for everyone's safety.
Bring These Items: Bring a mask, membership ID, a water bottle, and a towel. Water fountains and towel service are suspended at this time.
Age Guidelines Apply: Children 10-13 can make a reservation with a Supervising Adult. Children 9 and under allowed if registered for an in-branch program, including Family Recreational Swim - Learn more >
Pool services, including lap swimming and family recreational swim
Drop-in use of cardio, strength, and free weight equipment
Indoor group exercise classes
Locker rooms and showers with social distancing
Reservations for time in the gym to play games including badminton and pickleball (Gym Time, Net Sports)
On-site early education and Y LEAP Academy
Services through the Social Impact Center including behavioral health support, foster care services, and housing and meal support.
Virtual activities including all-new live and on-demand content just for members in the Virtual Y
In accordance with the Governor's latest guidelines, we have suspended all other indoor in-person activities including:
Access to in-person membership services has also been suspended to decrease the number of people gathering in our facilities. You can always find support for membership questions in our online Support Center and via phone.
Up to six people from the same household can reserve half a court to play together with equipment from home or borrowed from us. All participants must be in the same household and on the same membership to use a Gym Time reservation. Reservations will be 50 minutes long.
The whole family is encouraged to play together during a gym time reservation. You’ll have access to a standard-size basketball hoop (about 10 feet high). 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 gym time:
To keep everyone safe, we ask households to stay together during their reservation. Please stay in your quadrant of the court and do not engage in play with the household in other quadrants.
Gym time activities are typically higher contact (passing balls from person to person). To lower risk, we are limiting gym time to people from the same household only.
Up to six people from different households can reserve space in the gym to play a game of badminton or pickleball. You can play net sports at the following branches:
Individuals will need to make their own reservations, similar to a group exercise class. Games will be 2 versus 2 with space for up to 2 players waiting on the sidelines, socially-distanced. Players will manage their own rotations on and off the court. Reservations are 50 minutes in length.
Players will be masked and maintain social distancing during these low-intensity net sports. Learn more about safety protocols >
If you can, we encourage you to bring equipment from home to reduce touchpoints between members and staff.
For gym time, basketballs, volleyballs, and soccer balls will be available to borrow during your reservation if you need them. For net sports, paddles, rackets, balls, and shuttlecocks will be available. We’ll clean equipment between reservations.
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 return to normal operations and resume programs. See our full safety plan.
According to industry experts including the CDC, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can spread to people through properly disinfected water. Proper operation and disinfection of pools should kill the virus that causes COVID-19.
The Governor's Proclamation does not increase restrictions for pools and so we are still permitted to operate lap swim, swim lessons, and family recreational swim. We will continue to monitor these guidelines for updates.
In addition, we will continue to follow important safety protocols in our facilities and on the pool deck, including frequent cleaning and limited access to shared objects like pool noodles and googles. Learn more about our safety plan
Our reservation window opens at 6:00 am two (2) days in advance of the reservation start date. Find instructions here.
Reservations for morning outdoor group exercise classes close at 10:00pm the night before. Reservations for afternoon outdoor group exercise classes close two hours prior to the class start time.
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.
Our intent behind this change is to increase access for members. By having reservations open at a time when more members are awake and staff are available to assist over the phone, we hope to make the process easier while building capacity is limited.
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.
Children and teens ages 10 and up can make a reservation to lap swim, use cardio equipment, or participate in a limited selection of group exercise classes. Children and teens ages 10-13 must be accompanied by a Supervising Adult for the entirety of their reservation. Additional guidelines for pool areas and locker rooms do apply. Read our full policy here.
We consider a Supervising Adult is a person who is:
A Supervising Adult maintains constant visual and auditory oversight of the children or teens at all times unless the child or teen is being instructed by Y staff as part of a class or program. Read our full policy here
Yes, in order for us to manage building capacity we require that children and teens have their own reservation. A Supervising Adult must remain in the same area as the children or teens during their visit.
If you are supervising someone who is lap swimming, you do not need a reservation. We will provide a place for you to sit on the pool deck while they swim.
If you are supervising someone who is using our cardio equipment, we ask that you do have your own reservation. Our cardio and strength areas are typically smaller than our pool deck, so making a reservation helps us better manage capacity in the area and maintain social distancing.
As a reminder, you must live in the same household and be on the same membership as the person you're supervising. Read our full policy here
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.