We are excited to welcome you to the Y! Click here to access our online reservation system

Due to new state guidelines, the following policies are in effect at the Y as of June 1:

 

**If you are fully vaccinated, masks are your choice.

**If you are not fully vaccinated, we ask that you wear a mask. Although we will NOT be checking for vaccination cards from our members or participants, we do ask you to be considerate  of all the populations we serve, including children and high risk individuals who may not be vaccinated.

**Ages 3 – 11 are required to wear a mask unless they are able to socially distance and/or are engaged in high intensity activities.

**Our youth staff will also be wearing masks during youth programming and while in Child Watch.

**All of our staff will follow the state mask guidelines.

**The sauna and steam will not be open at this time.

**Due to staffing shortages, Camp Norwich will not be open on the weekends

 

See below for more detailed changes by department

  

Register for Your Visit

Reserve lap lanes, open swim times, group exercise classes, functional strength room, child watch, basketball or racquetball times via our online reservation platform.  Click here to set up your account.

Facility Hours

Monday-Friday: 5:30am – 8:00 pm; Sat.: 8:00am – 2:30pm; Sun.: 8:30am – 2:30pm

Bring Your Own

If your class requires a mat, blocks, towel or other specialty equipment, please bring your own.

Clean Your Equipment

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

Water Fountains Closed

Water fountains are not in service but the water bottle filling station in our lobby is available for use.

HRYMCA Reservation System

We will continue to require reservations for the following areas through our reservation system, Motionvibe:

  • Pools, including aqua exercise classes (you may make up to 4 lap swim or family swim  reservations per week, and up to 4 aqua class reservations per week)
  • Group exercise classes inside and outside
  • Racquetball
  • Basketball
  • Child Watch (children ages 3 – 11 must wear masks in accordance with EEC regulations)
  • Functional strength room

You do NOT need to make reservations to use the cardio, circuit or free weight rooms.

Aquatics Reservations: See the Motionvibe reservation site for specific reservation times in both our large and small pool.

  • No Call/No Show Policy: If you are not at the building within 30 minutes of your reserved time and you have not called, you may lose your spot.
  • If a member does not show up for a reserved time, we will contact the member to discuss. If this happens 3 times, the member’s ability to access the facility will be suspended for 48 hours.

Arriving at the Y

  1. Parking: Please park in the Massasoit or Prospect Street lots.   The Woodlawn Ave. lot will be closed due to outdoor group exercise.  Members may also utilize on-street parking, being respectful of our neighbors and adhering to any posted requirements.
  2. All members will be asked to self-certify prior to entering the facility. The questions members will need to answer are as follows:
    • Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
    • Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath or sore throat?
    • Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
    • Have you been around anyone with COVID-19?
    • Have you traveled outside of the state to an area requiring 14-day self-quarantine according to the Massachusetts requirements?
  3. All Members will be engaged in cleaning protocols for cleaning the equipment.
  4. A new member code of conduct(agreement)/member waiver will need to signed before activating your membership.
  5. Disposable wipes and hand sanitizer are available in each area of the facility for member and staff use.
  6. Guests and reciprocity (nationwide) members are not be allowed in the building.

Wellness Guidelines

  • Members ages 12 and older are allowed to utilize the facility. Members under the age of 18 need a guardian signature on their membership waiver. Parents and guardians must sign the waiver for anyone under the age of 18.

Cardio Room  (Wellness Center), Circuit Room, Functional Strength Room and Free Weight Room

  1. Members are asked to wipe down machines and equipment in all of these spaces after each use.
  2. Reservations are still required to use the functional strength room.

Group Exercise Guidelines

Indoor Group Exercise: Studio 1

  1. Our members will reserve their slot for indoor and outdoor classes via our online reservation system.
  2. We will continue to offer virtual programming.
  3. At the beginning of indoor classes members will choose needed equipment and set up their zone.
  4. At the end of indoor classes members will wipe down their equipment and put it away in the weight racks.

Outdoor Group Exercise Guidelines

Due to unpredictable New England weather (i.e. pop-up thunderstorms), outdoor classes are subject to change without notice. We will make every effort to post outdoor class cancellations on our reservation system at least one-hour prior to the class start time, if necessary.

  1. Meet your class instructor in the upper parking lot off Woodlawn Ave.  Some classes will remain there, others will use space on the grass.
  2. Only active Y members may register for our outdoor classes.
  3. No classes will run if the temperature is 90 degrees or above; classes will be canceled if it’s raining.
  4. Members participating need to have an account on our online reservation system.
  5. Sign up 48 hours ahead.
  6. Bring your own mat/towel and water bottle.
  7. Each participant must sign up separately (i.e. one person cannot bring a family member under one reservation).

Questions? Email Lynne Zusi with questions at lynne.zusi@hrymca.org 

Aquatics Guidelines

UPDATED LAP SWIM INFORMATION:

Click here for lap swim registration timelines

Lap Swimming

  1. Lap Swimming Lane use (swimming/aqua jogging and other lane activities): Due to our current lap swim limitations the HRYMCA will be adding large and small pool lane sharing, with a maximum of two swimmers per lane.  We will still maintain a maximum of 4 large pool reservations per week, per member.  We will continue to evaluate the reservation system as this change is implemented.
  2. Our team is reviewing the weekly registrations and will cancel any slots over the maximum of four reservations per week, and will notify the member through the Motionvibe app and via email.
  3. All reservation blocks are 45 minutes in length.  Swimmers are expected to observe reservation start and end times and exit promptly at reservation end times.
  4. One swimmer will enter at the deep end of the pool, the other at the shallow end of the pool. Each swimmer will enter the right side of the lane. Swimmers are expected to stay on their side of the lane throughout the reservation. If a member needs to use the chair lift for getting in or out of the pool(s) they will be the first person to get into the pool. When they are ready the lifeguard will lower them into the water and then return the lift to the proper position.
  5. There will be no use of YMCA aquatics equipment at this time.  A member may bring in their own equipment to use for their workout.

Family Swim Time 

  1. The small pool will be split into quarters and each family cannot exceed 5 family members from their same membership unit in their designate section.
  2. Each Household family is allowed to reserved a maximum of 4 family swim blocks per week. (This is an overall family benefit.) We will continue to assess availability.
  3. All family swim participants will need to stop at the Welcome Center for a bracelet prior to entering the pool area.
  4. Reservation blocks will be described by shallow or deep end. Please remember the deep end of the pool is 4 feet.
  5. For supervision reasons all family members must be in the pool.
  6. The YMCA will not provide any flotation devices, noodles, etc. Members are welcome to bring their own flotation device as long as it is Coast Guard approved.
  7. Any swimmer that requires a flotation device needs to be within arm’s length of their parent/guardian.
  8. Showering before entering the pool areas will be mandatory.
  9. If a member needs to use the chair lift for getting in or out of the pool(s) they will be the first person to get into the pool. When they are ready the lifeguard will lower them into the water and then return the lift to the proper position.
  10. There will be no use of YMCA equipment at this time.  A member may bring in their own equipment to use for their workout.

Water Aerobics – Small and Large Pool:

  • Deep-water classes in our large pool are capped at 18 participants.  Shallow water class capacity in the small pool is currently 12 participants.

Small Pool Reservations:

Small Pool reservations are currently designated for water jogging and lap swimming. One member reservation does not represent multiple members in the lane. These slots cannot be used for family swim time.

Locker Room Use

  • Maintaining social distance is encouraged.  Members should clean their lockers before and after use with the disinfectant wipes.
  • Saunas and Steam Rooms remained closed at this time.

Other Information:

  • Please do not ask the lifeguards if you may enter the water before your time slots begins or stay after your swim has ended.  We understand you may want to swim longer than 45 minutes, but this shift will allow us to accommodate as many members as possible in our pools.
  • Please note after 3:00p M-F and Sat. morning 9:00a-12p the pool may be shared with swim lessons or swim team.  During these times only the upstairs locker rooms are available for lap swimmers.
  • Household members (adult couples, senior couples, one adult households, and 2 adult households) may share a lane together, but both members must register for their time slot. Max two people per lane regardless of household.  We cannot guarantee that a lane will be available to share with your household member.

 

 

Locker Room Use

LOCKER ROOMS

  • Members are responsible for cleaning their locker before and after use with the disinfecting wipes provided.
  • Physical distancing is encouraged.
  • Some of our Lower Locker room showers have been shut off to help with social distancing.
  • Saunas and Steam Rooms remained closed at this time.

Childwatch Guidelines

Child Watch is now being offered in the A Place for ages 6 weeks – 9 years!  Children ages 3-11 will be required to wear masks.  Child Watch staff will also wear a mask at all times.

Hours Available for Ages 3-9 years:

Monday- Friday:

  • 4:00-5:15p
  • 5:30-6:45pm

Saturday and Sunday:

  • 8:30-9:45am
  • 10:00-11:15am

Hours Available for Ages 6 weeks – 5 years:

Monday/Wednesday/Friday:

  • 9:00-10:15am
  • 10:30-11:45am

Check-In:

  • Parents will register their child on our online reservation system and reserve their space in Child Watch up to 48 hours in advance.
  • Please self-certify to the following questions prior to dropping your child off:
    • Today or in the past 24 hours, have you or any household members had any of the following symptoms:
      • Fever of 100.0 or above, felt feverish, or had chills
      • Cough
      • Sore throat
      • Difficulty breathing
      • Gastrointestinal symptoms (diarrhea, nausea, vomiting)
      • Fatigue
      • Headache
      • New loss of smell/taste
      • New muscle aches
      • Any other signs of illness
      • In the past 14 days, have you had close contact with a person known to be infected with COVID-19
      • In the past 14 days, have you or anyone in your household traveled out of New England?
    • If all the answers to the above are NO, they are signed in by Child Watch staff.
    • Parents will not be allowed in the Child Watch rooms.

 Check-Out:

  • Only the parent that signed in the child will be permitted to sign the child out.
  • Child Watch staff will be waiting at the door for Parents/Guardians at designated pick up time.
  • Child will be signed out by Child Watch staff and use hand sanitizer before leaving.

 Physical Distancing and PPE

  • Staff and children will be required to maintain physical/social distancing as much as feasible.
  • Wearing of a face covering will be required for all staff and for children.
  • Families should provide their child with a sufficient clean masks or face covering.

Intensified Cleaning & Disinfecting 

  • Intensified and frequent cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces and shared spaces will occur throughout the day and between each Child Watch reservation shift.
  • For all children, hand sanitizing and hand washing will be encouraged and supervised before/during/after each rotation within the room.
  • In addition to our traditional orientation and training, all Child Watch staff have been required to attend a training specific to COVID-19 health and safety regulations mandated by local, state and national health agencies before returning to work.

Child Watch Activities will include:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Games and Manipulatives
  • Table Games
  • Legos and Blocks

Basketball and Racquetball

Basketball

  1. Basketball court (half court) is available for member use
  2. Bring your own ball
  3. Reserve your space on Motionvibe

Adult Pickup Basketball 

  1. Adult basketball pickup is for members 18 and older.
  2. Only half of the basketball court is available for pickup games at this time, and the games will be for three on three. Maximum reservation is 6 slots.
  3. Any member interested in registering for pickup must do so through the Motionvibe app. Pickup basketball can be found under the Wellness Calendar.
  4. All members must check in at the Welcome Center, and no members other than those on the roster are allowed to join.
  5. Weekly Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 12:00-12:45pm.  We will continue to assess the usage, and may add more slots depending on need and capacity.

Teen  Pickup Basketball 

  1. Teen basketball is for members 13-17 years old.
  2. Only half of the basketball court is available for pickup games at this time, and the games will be for three on three. Maximum reservation is 6 slots.
  3. Any member interested in registering for teen pickup must do so through the Motionvibe app. Pickup can be found under the Wellness Calendar.
  4. All members must check in at the Welcome Center, and no members other than those on the roster are allowed to join.
  5. Schedule: Friday 6:00-6:45 and 7:00-7:45pm.  We will continue to assess the usage, and may add more slots depending on need and capacity.

Racquetball

  1. Racquetball court is available for member use
  2. Reserve your space through Motionvibe
  3. Bring your own equipment
  4. 2 people at a time