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COVID-19 Information

Our Safety Commitment To You

The health and safety of our members, staff and participants is of utmost importance. We are following all regulations and guidelines from our government and Public Health officials to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Before we closed on Dec 26, 2020, our YMCA did an excellent job keeping staff and members safe from COVID-19. From our re-start in August 2020, until we closed for a second time on December 26, we had 28,556 visits to our YMCA and zero cases of COVID-19 linked to our facility. We attribute this success is to our high standard of cleanliness and safety protocols put in place as well as the excellent adherence to safety protocols by our members and staff. We pride ourselves in delivering a safe fitness environment and look forward to welcoming our members back next week! 
 
Returning to exercise at your YMCA will support not only a healthy body but a healthy mind and spirit. The pandemic has placed many stresses upon our lives, and our YMCA provides a safe environment to reconnect with friends and staff while improving your overall health and wellbeing. We all need to find a safe way to continue on with our lives, and our YMCA is dedicated to supporting our members in doing that. 
 
It is imperative that we do not let our guard down with the end of the lockdown. Our staff have given thoughtful consideration on how to enhance our existing protocols and we will be implementing the following upon opening: 
 
Updated Safety Protocols February 2021:

Masks

  • Masks are required whenever you are in the facility, including when walking between workout areas, in corridors, in change rooms and in viewing areas.
  • Members with a medical mask exemption are asked to call our Member Services team at 519-376-0484 ext. 0 before entering the facility to discuss accommodations.
  • Members are encouraged to wear their mask when taking part in low-intensity exercise. For example, when using the walking track, strength training, badminton, pickleball, Tai Chi or stretching. This is not a requirement but a recommendation to assist in keeping yourself, other members and our staff safe.
  • Masks are not required for intense cardio exercise at this time or for exercising in the pool. However, there is no scientific reason to prevent members from wearing a mask during intense cardio exercise. Please speak with staff to find out more. 

Pool Protocols

  • Please wear your mask onto the pool deck and place on a hook while in the pool. After getting out of the pool, please dry your face immediately and replace your mask to walk to the change room. 
  • After showering, please dry your face immediately and replace your mask. 

Eating & Drinking

  • When eating or drinking, please ensure you are at least 2 meters away from the nearest person and replace your mask immediately when finished. Please consider take-out rather than sitting at the tables.

Socializing & Congregating

  • Please socialize outside, at a distance wearing your mask. Physical distancing must be maintained in all spaces at the YMCA, including the change rooms, hallways, stairs and entrances. Please keep moving so we can accommodate as many members as safely as possible.
  • To maintain physical distancing at the Welcome Desk and to prevent congregating, members may book their space in a class or in the pool either online or by telephone at 519-376-0484 ext. 0.  Customer Service staff will not be taking in-person bookings at the Welcome Desk at this time.

Change Rooms

  • We ask that members spread out between the adult, youth and family change rooms at busy times. Maintaining a minimum of 2 meters distance between members at all times is key. If a change room is busy, please go to a different one or remain outside until space is available.
  • Aquatics programs with high usage are being assigned to change rooms as part of our enhanced safety protocols.
  • Please spend as little time as possible in the change rooms. Arrive just before the start of your class, dressed to participate. If you can shower at home, please do so. Towel service is not available so please remember to bring one!

Parents & Guardians

  • Parents and guardians that are YMCA members are encouraged to utilize the time their children are in a supervised program for “me time” to reduce the number of spectators. If you are a member, please consider working out while your child(ren) is in program. 
  • Parents and guardians that are YMCA members must sign-in to view children’s activities from within the YMCA. Space is limited to the number of physically-distanced seats provided. Spectators are required to wear a mask and maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres at all times.
  • Parents and guardians that are not YMCA members may view children’s activities in the café area. Space is limited to the number of physically-distanced seats available. Spectators are required to wear a mask and maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres at all times.

Hoops Shoot Around

  • Individuals participating in Hoops Shoot Around are required to wear a mask at all times.

General Reminders

  • Please continue to clean machines, equipment, lockers and benches before and after use.
  • Access to the YMCA will continue to be restricted to active YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce members only. We will not be selling Day Passes at this time.

Safety measures in our Health, Fitness & Aquatics Centre include:

  1. All staff, members and volunteers will be self-screened before entering the facility.
  2. Numbers of members accessing the facility will be monitored to ensure we are staying within the 50-person limit in our pool and our conditioning centre/weight training pods as per Public Health.
  3. All pool activities, gym fitness classes and pickleball require the booking of time slots. Use of the Fitness Centre does not require booking.
  4. To promote physical distancing, we have modified the layout to ensure equipment is at least two meters apart, or three meters for high intensity cardio machines.
  5. We have signage and floor markers to indicate appropriate physical distancing space and directional flow for walking traffic.
  6. We have installed plexiglass barriers at the Welcome Desk and Conditioning Centre Desk to support physical distancing.
  7. Staff will wear masks in the public areas of the facility and whenever the 2-meter distance may not be maintained.
  8. Members are required to wear a mask when indoors at the Y, except when exercising. For example, when a member is walking through the facility to the exercise area or utilizing a change room they must wear a mask.

Accessing the Facility

  1. Get your Y membership card out. Members must scan their card at the desk. If you cannot find your card, please email Customer Service at osgb.member@osgb.ymca.ca or call 519-376-0484 and press “0” to leave a message so we can print a new card for you and have it ready when you arrive. NOTE: Members must have their card or one waiting for them to access the Y. Please ensure you have received confirmation your card will be ready before attending the facility.
  2. Get out your face mask. Everyone is required to wear a mask indoors at the Y, except when exercising.
  3. Change rooms and showers are available. Pool users are encouraged to shower at home just before attending the Y and then again at home after their swim.
  4. As a reminder, only clean indoor shoes are permitted in the conditioning centre/weight training areas. Please ensure you change into your indoor shoes before going upstairs.
  5. Outdoor shoes are not permitted on the pool deck, so please ensure you remove your shoes before entering the pool area or bring a pair of indoor flip-flops.
  6. You are welcome to bring and keep a small bag with you to hold your clean indoor shoes, membership card, mask, and water bottle

Accessing The Pool

Bookings:

For now, all aquatics programs will require pre-booking due to capacity restrictions. To reserve a spot for Swim: Lanes, Aquafit, Swim: Leisure/Adult, please email osgb.member@osgb.ymca.ca or call (519) 376-0484 and press “0”. Classes may be booked one week in advance with a maximum of two lane swims per week.

AQUAFIT PARTICIPANTS: When booking for an aquafit class, please ensure you specify if you require a space in the leisure or lane pool, shallow or deep end.

If you are unable to reach a Customer Service Representative, please leave a message in the general mailbox. Please choose one method of contact. Multiple messages are not necessary.

  • Each member must bring their own towel to use.
  • All members are encouraged to arrive freshly showered and product-free. No deodorant, hair products, makeup, aftershave etc. Change rooms and showers are available but could be busy during peak times.
  • Everyone MUST remain 2 meters away from each other. Belongings can be left in the change room. Please wear your mask until you're ready to enter the pool deck, it can be hung with your towel.
  • Members must stay at their designated spot until given permission to enter the water.
  • There is to be NO physical contact between members (no high 5’s, hugs, or sharing of any equipment).
  • Lane Swimmers: Each swimmer MUST swim in the middle of their lane. It is preferred participants bring their own equipment if possible.
  • Aquafit Participants: Each swimmer MUST always remain in their assigned space.
  • Swim caps should be left on until you have left the water, do not remove them while still in the water.
  • Members need to put their masks back on as soon as their face is dry.
  • There are cleaning cloths and sanitizer available for those who want to clean before using the facilities.
  • There are sanitizer stations available on the pool deck for members’ use.
  • If you need to use YMCA equipment, please place it in a mesh bag at the end of your swim on your way to exit door.
  • If there is any first aid that is required during your swim time, we will take every precaution to keep yourself and our staff safe.

These protocols may be adjusted or changed according to Public Health Regulations or YMCA Protocols.

Accessing the Conditioning Centre/Weight Training Area

Fitness Class Bookings

To reserve a spot for fitness classes please email osgb.member@osgb.ymca.ca or call (519) 376-0484 and press “0”. When booking for a class, please ensure you specify the class, date and time you are booking. Classes may be booked one week in advance only. If you are unable to reach a Customer Service Representative, please leave a message in the general mailbox. Please choose one method of contact. Multiple messages are not necessary. Members are also encouraged to bring their own stretch mats as mats will not be available initially. 

Conditioning Centre/Weight Training Area

Pre-booking is not required for the Conditioning Centre/Weight Training area. However, please leave the workout area promptly when you are finished to give other members their time to work out. Please note, due to physical distancing requirements our previous stretch areas now contain equipment. We have provided a small stretch area on the southeast side of the track along the east windows and half of the Cycle Studio as marked. Members are encouraged to bring their own stretch mats, as mats have limited availability.

  • Each member MUST bring their OWN sweat towel to use.
  • Each member is permitted to keep a small bag with their belongings with them in the conditioning centre/weight training area.
  • Members follow directional signage to help ensure physical distancing.
  • The elevator will be available for those members that require it however we do ask that only one member use the elevator at a time to ensure physical distancing.
  • The 2 meter distancing must be followed at all times.
  • Members MUST wear a mask until they are ready to exercise.
  • Members MUST clean their equipment before and after use using the cleaning cloths and sanitizing spray provided. Please discard used sanitizing cloths in the receptacles provided.
  • There is to be NO physical contact with each other (no high 5’s, hugs, spotting or sharing of any equipment).
  • Members need to put their masks back on as soon as they are finished exercising and/or moving to another area in the conditioning centre/weight training area.
  • The two washrooms on the second floor are available. Cleaning cloths and sanitizer are available for those wanting to clean before using the facilities.
  • There are several sanitizer stations available in the conditioning centre/weight training area. Once your workout is over, please gather all your belongings and exit using the north side of the stairs or the elevator if required.
  • Please use the hand sanitizer again as you are leaving.
  • If there is any first aid required during your visit, we will take every precaution to keep yourself and our staff safe.

Member Etiquette

By attending the YMCA, members are committing to follow public health guidelines and YMCA protocols, as we all work together to keep each other safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19. These guidelines include:

  1. Staying home if you are feeling ill.
  2. Participating in screening before entering the Y.
  3. Wearing a mask when at the Y, except when exercising.
  4. Keeping a minimum of 2 meters distance from others at all times.
  5. Washing hands regularly with soap and water or using hand sanitizer.
  6. Using proper sneeze and cough etiquette.
  7. Cleaning equipment before and after use.
  8. In keeping with our Y values, being kind, considerate and patient with other members, staff and volunteers as we support each other with these new behaviours and protocols.

As always, our Etiquette Statement below applies:

Etiquette Statement

The YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce is a shared experience for everyone to enjoy. Each of us can make it better for all by being considerate to others. YMCA members, staff, participants, guests and volunteers pledge to treat one another with respect and dignity. The YMCA reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to suspend or refuse services for inappropriate behaviour.

We do our best to weave our values into all of our programming. We believe each person is valuable and can make a difference!

Any member that consistently breaks public health guidelines and YMCA protocols and policies, including etiquette expectations, will be asked to leave immediately and may be denied future access to the facility.

Thank you for being so patient and Staying With Us! If you would like to make a donation you can do so HERE. Donations to the YMCA help us deliver programs that improve health, reduce social isolation and inspire hope. Thank you for helping build healthy, happy communities.