Masks Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Your safety is our highest priority. Our mask policy is based on local, state, and federal regulations plus best practices for similar industries across the country.
We’re in this together. Thank you for all that you do to help keep yourself, our staff, and our community safe at the Y.
Our Mask Policy at the Y
Washington state mandates that individuals using a fitness facility must wear a mask at all times. We require that individuals wear a properly fitting mask at all times, including when:
- Using common spaces, including the lobby and pool deck
- Exercising, indoors and outdoors
These requirements apply to anyone in our facilities, including staff, unless they are working alone in an office. These requirements also apply if you have received a vaccine or have antibodies.
The only time individuals are not required to wear a mask is if they are under the age of 5 or are in the pool. Learn more about swimming at the Y >
How to Select and Wear a Mask
For help understanding how masks should fit, we follow these guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric
- Completely cover your nose and mouth
- Fit snugly against the sides of your face and don’t have gaps
Please do not wear masks that:
- Have exhalation valves or vents because they allow virus particles to escape
- Are made of fabric that makes it hard to breathe, for example, vinyl
- Are intended for healthcare workers, including N95 respirators or surgical masks
If you wear a gaiter, please wear a gaiter with two layers or fold it to make two layers.
If you wear a face shield, please wear a mask as well. The CDC does not recommend using face shields as a substitute for masks and so they must be worn together in our facilities.
If You Do Not Wear a Mask
Staff will remind individuals to properly wear their masks and may offer them a complimentary mask if needed. If an individual ultimately does not follow our mask policy, we will ask them to leave our facility or class to ensure the safety of others.
If the individual repeats this behavior we will ask them to take accountability for their actions. At the Y, accountability starts with a conversation between the individual and a member of our leadership team. Accountability may also include temporary loss of privileges, suspension of membership, or termination of membership. Learn more about our code of conduct >
At the Y we expect individuals to uphold our core values: caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Following our safety protocols, including this mask policy, is an important demonstration of these values. Thank you for your cooperation in prioritizing safety and creating a welcoming and positive environment for all people at the Y.
Alternatives to In-Person Activities
We recognize that not everyone can safely wear a mask, including individuals who have trouble breathing or have sensory, cognitive, or behavioral issues that make wearing a mask difficult. We invite these individuals to engage with us from home in the Virtual Y, our newest home for live and on-demand content online. Learn more about Virtual Y >
Last updated: February 3, 2021.