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: September 28, 2021
Our Mask Policy at the Y
Per Governor Inslee’s August 18 mandate, everyone 5 years old and older is required to wear a mask while indoors. This mandate applies to everyone, even if you are fully vaccinated, in all areas of our facilities and during all activities excepting swimming and showering. We encourage children aged 2 to 4 to wear a properly fitting mask too.
All 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 does not wear a properly fitting mask, staff will remind them to properly wear their mask and may offer them a complimentary one if needed. If they refuse to properly wear their mask, we will ask them to leave our facility or class. 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
Why aren't you tracking the vaccination status of members?
We are actively working on a solution to begin verifying proof of vaccination per King County health order, which goes into effect on October 25. More details will be released as we finalize our plans.
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.
Are masks required in hot tubs?
Yes, masks are required in hot tubs at this time.