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Tri-County YMCA

Recent Mask Mandate

The health and well-being of our members, staff and our community remains our top priority. 

To keep our community safe and healthy and to comply with the Governor's Executive Order, we will require all members and program participants (8 years or older) to wear masks to enter our facilities or program sites.

We kindly ask that you bring your own mask and wear it in all common areas and shared spaces until you start exercising or engaging in physical activity at which time you may remove it for the duration of exercise.

Please mask back up when you are finished with your workout.

Let's all do our part to keep each other safe and slow the spread of coronavirus in our community.

Mask FAQs

Why do we have to wear a mask?

Governor Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-37 on July 22 and has reminded us that fight against COVID-19 is far from over and wearing a face mask is one of the simplest, most effective ways to slow the spread of the virus. The governor and the Indiana State Department of Health are asking all of us to come together and do our part to get the entire state of Indiana back on track so we can continue to make progress on our reopening plans.

Does my condition exempt me from wearing a mask?

YMCA staff are not able to provide guidance to members regarding individual conditions. If the member states they have a physical, medical or health-related condition that prevents them from wearing a mask or face shield, they should stop by the welcome desk to place their name on the exemption list.  All members must continue to follow health screening, social distancing, hand sanitizing and equipment cleaning protocols.

What happens if I refuse to wear a mask?

If a member is not willing to accept the required and expressed protocol of the Y to prioritize the health and well-being of other members and staff, they will not be permitted to remain on the premises.

What should a member do when they see that someone is not wearing a mask?

The well-being of our staff and members is our top priority and we understand your concerns for your personal health. We would appreciate your help in letting us handle these very delicate situations. Please do not approach other members about not wearing masks. Instead, if you have concerns about your health and well-being, please contact a Y staff member to express your concerns.

Is the Y requiring masks that meet specific standards, or will any face covering be OK?

The Y requires face coverings that fit securely and cover the nose and mouth. Masks are preferred by the CDC, but face shields are an acceptable alternative for members if a mask cannot be worn.

Will the Y make masks available to members?

We have a limited amount of disposable masks available. The expectation is members should bring their own mask.

Do I have to wear a mask the entire time I’m in the Y?

Masks are required inside all our YMCAs except when actively exercising and during brief periods of recovery (2 minutes or less) immediately after exercise or between machines during your circuit. Masks are required when preparing to exercise, when stretching, and during periods of extended rest (more than 2 minutes).

Do I have to wear a mask in a group exercise class?

Masks are required when entering and exiting classes and during any time of socialization.  Masks can be removed during the group exercise class.

Do I have to wear a mask in the wellness center?

Members are required to wear a mask to and from the wellness center and to carry it with them to wear during periods of extended rest. However, members are not required to wear a mask when they are actively exercising. Exercise is defined as anytime you are working on a machine (cardio, strength or free weight) and anytime you are performing body weight exercise or working with freestanding equipment. Recovery is defined as approximately 2 minutes after exercise. Members must wear masks during extended rest/and or stretching periods.

Do I have to wear a mask when I play basketball (or other sports)? 

If a member is not willing to accept the required and expressed protocol of the Y to prioritize the health and well-being of other members and staff, they will not be permitted to remain on the premises.

Does my child have to wear a mask in Child Watch?

Children of Child Watch age are not required to wear a mask. It is recommended but not required. All adults dropping off and picking up are required to wear a mask.

Where can I store my mask when not wearing it?

We will have ziplock bags, brown paper sacks or lanyards available.

Does my child have to wear a mask during youth sports?

All children will need to wear a mask to and from practice and have the mask with them during their program time. When children are actively exercising they will not be required to wear a mask. Coaches will help remind children when masks are and are not required.

What about guest passes or Nationwide members?

Guests and Nationwide members will be required to have a mask on to enter the facility.

Do I need to wear a mask while walking in the gym?

If you can social distance or are walking with members of your own household you will not need to wear a mask. Otherwise yes.

The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. No one will be denied access to YMCA programs or facilities due to an inability to pay.  Funds made available for financial assistance are provided through the generous giving of individuals and businesses to the YMCA's Annual Campaign.  IRS Form 990 Available For Inspection Upon Request.