Round 1

Limited Hours and Facilities:

  • Greater Bergen County YMCA
  • Sussex County YMCA
  • Wayne YMCA
  • West Essex YMCA


  • 7am-8pm
  • Closed 1-2pm for cleaning

Saturday & Sunday:

  • 7am-1pm
  • Rigid social distancing

Covid Transmission

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Prevention Measures Summary

  • Limit capacity to 25%.
  • Acrylic barriers installed at Welcome Centers and check-ins.
  • Online membership transactions only.
  • Hand sanitizer placed throughout the building.
  • Members and staff should wash hands frequently.
  • Facility and equipment thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with hospital grade disinfectant cleaner (before opening and throughout the day).
  • Members will be asked to clean equipment before and after each use.
  • Spacing markers on floors to enable social distancing.
  • Signage installed and staff monitoring all areas with more than one member to enforce social distancing practices.
  • Equipment spaced to maintain appropriate social distance.
  • Seating throughout the facility will be removed/repositioned for social distancing.
  • All people entering the facility, including staff and members, will wash hands with soap and water frequently.
  • All staff will be required to wear face masks, except Lifeguards while on duty.
  • Members are required to wear a face mask at all times while in or at the facility. Members are strongly encouraged to wear face masks during workouts.
  • To obtain facility access, employees and members will be screened through a questionnaire and temperature check. After completing screening, members will check-in before proceeding to their activity.
  • Any individual who displays symptoms of illness during the screening process, or has been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, may not enter the building.


  • Entire facility will be cleaned and disinfected prior to opening.
  • Acrylic barriers installed at Welcome Centers and check-ins.
  • All equipment will be cleaned with hospital grade disinfectant throughout the day (minimum of every two hours) and after closing.
  • Members will be asked to use provided cleaning supplies to clean equipment before and after each use.
  • Public entry doors and counters, elevator buttons, mobility assist handrails and stair rails will be cleaned a minimum of every two hours.
  • Employee workspaces cleaned a minimum of every two hours each day.
  • Water systems flushed before reopening of facility.
  • Outside air flow will be increased.

Areas Open With Restrictions

  • Cardio and strength areas open for Personal Training only with significant capacity restrictions.
  • Non-contact Personal Training will observe social distancing protocols. If closer proximity (less than six feet) is required, member-client must wear face mask.
  • Only designated bathrooms will be open.
  • All authorized activities will operate on a space-available basis through on-line reservation system.
  • Outdoor Group Exercise classes redesigned for social distancing. Equipment cleaned before and after every class. Classes limited to 45 min.
  • Indoor pool opening based on NJ DOH guidelines - one member per lane and 30 min time limit.
  • Swim lessons, private swim lessons, and family swim may be offered per appropriate guidelines.
  • Locker rooms open with strict social distancing and cleaning policies in place; no lockers available for use except existing locker rentals. Showers available.
  • All non-bottle water filling drinking fountains will be out of use.
  • Tennis Courts are open for tennis and outdoor pickleball.
  • No parents allowed in childcare areas.
  • Furniture repositioned for social distancing.
  • Seating areas significantly reduced to prevent gathering.

Closed Areas

  • Steam rooms, hot tubs, and saunas
  • Adventure centers
  • Indoor tracks
  • Child watch
  • All fitness rooms
  • Group exercise studios

Services Not Provided

  • Complimentary coffee
  • Towel and laundry service
  • National reciprocity and the AWAY program
  • Vending machines
  • Racquetball and Squash courts

People & Activities

  • Staffing limited to “essential staff” (includes social distance monitors throughout facilities).
  • All staff thoroughly trained on COVID-19 transmission prevention and new cleaning protocols prior to working.
  • Staff and members encouraged to self-screen for potential exposure to COVID-19 and for symptoms of the virus prior to traveling to the Y. If exposure and/or symptoms are present, do not come to the Y.
  • All people entering the facility, including staff and members, asked to wash hands with soap and water and/or sanitize hands upon entry and exit.
  • Numbers controlled throughout the building (not to exceed 25% of facility/area capacity).
  • Once admitted, members are limited to a 45 min visit, except for personal training.
  • Individuals may only use one piece of equipment at a time.
  • No full court, pickup basketball, or indoor pickleball.
  • Members’ and staff's personal belongings stored only in designated areas only.
  • Members must check out upon leaving the facility.
  • Children in childcare are physically distant from members and we continue to abide by DCF guidelines.
  • Guests not allowed to use facilities.
  • Anyone unwilling to comply with the Y’s COVID-19 transmission prevention measures or follow our new community-conscious code will be asked to leave the facility immediately.
  • Non-virtual sports, enrichment, social, and outreach program are suspended.
  • Virtual classes continue.

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