Masks, Vaccines 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. Thank you for all that you do to help keep yourself, our staff, and our community safe at the Y. 

Page last updated: June 28, 2021 

 

Our Mask Policy at the Y

Effective June 29, 2021, masks will be optional for fully vaccinated individuals visiting the Y. We will not ask for proof of vaccination status. We expect everyone who visits the Y to uphold our core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and passion for excellence. Following our safety protocols, including this mask policy, is an important demonstration of these values.   

For those who are not fully vaccinated, including children 5 years old and older, properly fitting masks are required indoors, including when using common spaces, including the lobby, pool deck, and locker rooms, as well as during exercise. 

We strongly encourage children ages 2 to 4 to wear a properly fitting mask too.

Child care, day camp, and overnight camp programs are an exception to this policy and will require masks for all youth participants regardless of vaccination status.

Staff are required to show proof of vaccination or sign attestation of vaccination status. All unvaccinated staff are required to wear a mask during work with some limited exceptions, including when working alone in an office.

  

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):

  • Fit snugly against the sides of your face and don’t have gaps
  • Completely cover your nose and mouth 
  • Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric 
  • Allow you to breathe without restriction 

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

If an individual identifies themselves as less than fully vaccinated, staff will remind them 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.

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 >

 

Commonly Asked Questions

What does “fully vaccinated mean?

People are considered fully vaccinated: 

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. 

If it has been less than 2 weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated, including the quarantine guidance. 

Why aren't you tracking the vaccination status of members?

Given the size and diversity of our community, we feel that it is impractical to track vaccination status. The Y is a place for all. We do believe that vaccines save lives and encourage unvaccinated members of our community to become fully vaccinated. 

Do you offer programs for fully vaccinated people?

No, we do not currently offer programs or activities that require the COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally we believe it in equitable to require full vaccination in order to participate in activities at the Y. Our programs are for all and unvaccinated people may participate in activities provided they take the necessary safety precautions which include wearing a mask and social distancing. 

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