Info to Know for Your Y Visit

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We’ve missed you and are excited to welcome you back to the Y!

Below is info you need to know before you go.

Most importantly, due to state mandated capacity limits, reservations are required for Lap Lane Swimming and Group Exercise Classes.

Members can make reservations 48 hours in advance through our new platform, MotionVibe. Create your free account and begin today! Reservations can also be made over the phone with any YMCA of Austin location.

Reservations are per member, per class, per week, per branch.

Questions? Email MVSupport.

New Facility Guidelines

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Updated Membership Agreement

You’ll need to sign our updated membership agreement to access YMCA of Austin facilities.

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New Facility Hours

Most locations are open M-F 8am-8pm and Saturday 10am-4pm; Closed Sunday. Check your location’s hours here.

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Pre-Registration

Reserve your Lap Lane or Group Exercise class via our new platform, MotionVibe. Create your free account to get started. Max two (2) members per household in lap lane at one time.

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Facility Time Limits

Members are asked to observe one-hour time limits to allow others to access facilities and equipment.

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Facility Capacity Limits

Expect reduced capacity, and remember to observe recommendations to stay distant from others.

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Bring Your Own

If your class requires a mat, blocks, towel or other specialty equipment, please bring your own. An exception is made only for BodyPump, with a specific cleaning protocol in place.

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Clean Your Equipment

Please wipe down equipment before and after you use it. Cleaning supplies are provided.

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Water Fountains Closed

Water fountains will not be available, but water bottle filling stations will remain open, so be sure to bring your bottle.

  • Facility Capacity Limits – 25% capacity of facility per State mandate
  • New reservation system for Group Exercise Classes and Lap Lane Swimming - maximum three (3) reservations per week, per member
  • Members must arrive 15 minutes before classes/pool usage for health screen and check-in
  • Reservations will be released for walk-ins five (5) minutes before class/pool use
  • Member access will be limited to one (1) hour to accommodate additional members while adhering to capacity limits
  • Reconfigured YMCA branches to ensure Social Distancing 
  • Demarcation System to ensure safe member spacing for waiting areas
  • Masks required to enter facility during health screen and check-in, recommended but not required in common areas and while exercising
  • Gloves covering from wrist to fingertip recommended but not required while exercising 
  • Sneeze shields installed at Welcome Center desks
  • Limited points of entry and exit
  • One-way traffic throughout facility wherever possible
  • Lockers and showers temporarily closed
  • Water fountains temporarily closed but bottle-filling stations are open, so please bring your own bottle.
  • Hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms temporarily closed
  • Common seating areas temporarily closed
  • Gymnasiums will be closed except for exercise classes
  • Coffee service suspended

To ensure the best experience for everyone, please adhere to the following guidelines when you participate in YMCA programs:

  • Gloves that cover from wrist to fingertip are recommended but not required during exercise
  • Reconfigured Group Exercise spaces to allow social distancing
  • Pre-registration required to ensure spot in Group Exercise class
  • Use of floor markers in classes to designate participant positions 
  • Members are asked to bring their own yoga mats, resistance bands, and props 
  • Cardio machines will be spaced to allow distancing and must be cleaned before and after use.
  • Strength training equipment must be cleaned before and after use
  • Personal training will resume at select locations with a new delivery protocol
  • Senior programs will remain suspended
  • Virtual Y Live and On-Demand programs will continue 

Locations Open:

Bastrop

M-F 9am-12pm; 4pm-7pm

Sat 9am-12pm

Sun Closed

1110 Main St. 

Bastrop, TX 78602

512-321-9622

East Communities

M-F 8am-8pm

Sat 10am-4pm

Sun Closed

5315 Ed Bluestein Blvd.

Austin, TX 78723

512-933-9622

Hays Communities

M-F 8am-8pm

Sat 10am-4pm

Sun Closed

465 Buda Sportsplex Dr.

Buda, TX 78610

512-523-0099

Northwest Family

M-F 8am-8pm

Sat 10am-4pm

Sun Closed

5807 McNeil Dr.

Austin, TX 78729

512-335-9622

Southwest Family

M-F 8am-8pm

Sat 10am-4pm

Sun Closed

6219 Oakclaire Dr.

Austin, TX 78735

512-891-9622

Springs Family

M-F 8am-8pm

Sat 10am-4pm

Sun Closed

27216 Ranch Rd. 12 

Dripping Springs, TX 78620

512-894-3309

TownLake 

Reopens June 8th

North Austin

Reopens August 1

The Y at Camp Moody

Limited offerings

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Facilities

We have put careful thought and planning into our reopening. 

We have followed guidance from the CDC, local health agencies and public officials to update our policies, practices and procedures to ensure the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene and make appropriate accommodations for physical/social distancing. Key measures include:

  • Branch Capacity Limits
  • Health Screenings for Members and Staff
  • Increased Cleaning & Disinfecting Protocols
  • Personal Protection Equipment for all Staff
  • Sneeze Shields Installed at Front Desks
  • Newly Configured Ys to Ensure Social Distancing 
  • Limited Points of Entry & Exits

All YMCA of Austin locations have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected according to CDC guidelines.

We have reconfigured our locations to ensure proper spacing in all areas and have established our capacity limits. During times when we are at capacity, Y members may be asked to wait in line similar to their experience at retail stores.

We have implemented a new reservation system for Group Exercise classes and Swimming Pool Lap Lanes. Members are encouraged to register in advance to ensure a spot during their desired class or timeframe. They will be able to do so online, via mobile app or by phone.

Member access will be limited to 1 hour to accommodate additional members while adhering to capacity limits.

We have implemented a new reservation system for Group Exercise classes and Swimming Pool Lap Lanes. 

Members are encouraged to register in advance to ensure a spot during their desired class or timeframe. They will be able to do so online, via mobile app or by phone.

No advance registration is required to access the Fitness Center. However, note that during times when we are at capacity, Y members may be asked to wait in line similar to their experience at retail stores.

Members can still visit the Y without registering in advance. However, during times when we are at capacity, Y members may be asked to wait in line similar to their experience at retail stores.

We have implemented a new reservation system for Group Exercise classes and Swimming Pool Lap Lanes. Members are encouraged to register in advance to ensure a spot during their desired class or timeframe. They will be able to do so online, via mobile app or by phone.

Member access will be limited to 1 hour to accommodate additional members while adhering to capacity limits.

To ensure safety, a number of areas will be temporarily closed, including:

  • Community seating areas
  • Coffee stations
  • Locker Rooms and Indoor Showers
  • Water fountains
  • Hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms
  • Gymnasium for open play

experience. But we also have to balance that with our need to be safe. 

That’s why we’ve removed community seating areas and are asking members to limit their workout time to one hour to allow other members to access the facility. 

Members are more than welcome to continue visiting outside of the Y at a safe distance.  

Do I need to wear a mask? 

Members must wear a mask during their health screening at check-in in order to enter the facility. We are recommending but not requiring that masks be worn in common areas, during your workout or while exiting. According to the CDC, masks are a primary tool in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Why do I need to wear a mask?

For the safety of our staff who will come in close proximity with members during health screenings at check-in, we are requiring members to wear masks to enter the facility. 

We are recommending but not requiring that masks be worn in common areas, during your workout or while exiting. According to the CDC, masks are a primary tool in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Can I bring a small bag to store my mask or personal items?

Yes, you are welcome to bring a small bag and keep it nearby while you are exercising.

What if I forget my mask. Do you have masks available? 

We’re encouraging members to bring their own mask. If you forget, we’ll provide a  disposable mask.

Why do I need to wear a mask at some times but not when I’m exercising?

We are requiring members to wear masks when they enter the branch because they will come into close contact with others.

In our Fitness Center and Group Exercise classes, we have reconfigured spaces to allow for proper separation. 

If members want to continue wearing a mask while exercising, they can do that.

Do I need to wear gloves? 

Gloves that cover from wrist to fingertip are recommended but not required while exercising.

 

Do I need to provide my own gloves? 

Yes, we are asking members to provide their own gloves that cover from wrist to fingertip.

 

What kind of gloves do I need to wear?

We have received no specific guidance on the type of gloves required other than that they should cover from wrist to fingertip. We’d recommend a lightweight glove that is suitable for wear during exercise. 

 

What if I forget gloves. Will the Y provide some? 

We will have disposable gloves to pass out if someone forgets.

 

Do I need to wear gloves when I’m swimming? 

No, you do not need to wear gloves while swimming. We are asking members to bring their own swim paddles, buoys and kickboards. Shared equipment will not be available. 

 

Do I need to wear gloves in a Group Exercise class? 

No, you do not need to wear gloves in a Group Exercise class. We are asking members to bring their own mats, blocks and resistance bands. Shared equipment will not be available. 

For BodyPump exclusively, we will put a special cleaning protocol in place to sanitize shared equipment.

Members will need to bring their own exercise mats, blocks, exercise bands, pool paddles and swim buoys. 

Our gymnasium will not be open for free play or organized games such as basketball, volleyball or pickleball. Gyms may be reserved for exercise classes to provide adequate spacing between participants.

As we resume operations, we will assess options for allowing use of the gym.

Health & Wellness

Yes, we will offer a limited daily schedule of group exercise classes, plus more on-demand and YMCA Live programs.

Class spaces will be reconfigured with floor markers for participants to stand on in order to ensure proper distancing.

We will also schedule additional time between classes to allow for disinfecting rooms.

Members are asked to bring their own mats, blocks and resistance bands. 

For BodyPump exclusively, we are establishing a protocol to sanitize equipment after use.

Will the cardio equipment be available? 

Yes, members can use the cardio equipment for up to one hour. 

 

What are you doing to ensure social distancing in the cardio area?

We are employing a combination of strategies: alternating equipment in use, putting more space between machines or moving equipment to new areas with greater open space.  

 

Will free weights, weight machines and other strength training apparatus be available? 

Yes, members can use strength training equipment for up to one hour. 

 

What are you doing to ensure social distancing in the strength training area?

We are employing a combination of strategies: alternating equipment in use, putting more space between equipment or moving equipment to new areas with greater open space.  

 

What are you doing to clean the strength training and cardio equipment?

We will position staff in the Fitness Center at all times to circulate and sanitize machines and equipment after use by members. 

We are also asking members to wipe down equipment before and after they use it. 

Cleaning supplies will be available throughout the Fitness Center. 

We are developing personal training protocol to ensure safe delivery of the service and plan to offer it at select locations. We will share details as they are finalized.

We will not offer Senior programs during Phase 1 of our reopening. We will continue to offer those programs virtually. 

 

Will you offer Senior hours?

No, we will not offer Senior hours. Given our capacity limits as well as social distancing and cleaning efforts, we believe we can provide a safe experience for our members regardless of age. 

We are exploring opportunities for outdoor classes but also need to balance that with member safety in anticipation of summer heat. We are starting small with our initial programming schedule and intend to expand. 

Aquatics

Our swimming pools will be open for lap swimming and limited open swimming. We are asking members to register in advance for pool time to ensure they reserve a space. 

Members must shower on the pool deck prior to entering the water.

 

Will I be able to shower before or after I swim? 

Yes, showers are located on or adjacent to the pool deck. 

We will not be offering swim lessons during Phase 1 of our reopening. As we resume operations, we will assess options for offering new swim lesson sessions.

We will not be offering water exercise classes during Phase 1 of our reopening. As we resume operations, we will assess options for resuming water exercise classes.

Youth & Family

Child Watch will not be open during Phase 1. As we resume operations, we will assess options for resuming this program.

Social distancing requirements would prevent us from serving a significant number of children at a time. We are focusing our resources in areas where we can serve the largest number of our members at a time. 

We are also focusing on providing child care for working families through our summer day camp program.

As we resume operations, we will assess options for resuming this program.

We will not offer Youth Programs in branches during Phase 1. We will continue to offer this programming virtually, both on-demand and through our YMCA Live schedule. 

We are focusing our resources to answer the critical need for child care in our communities as parents go back to work. That is why we are focusing on providing child care for working families through our summer day camp program.

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