Reopening, Facility, and Service Updates

Updated: May 22 at 3:40 p.m.

 

 

We are incredibly committed to the health and safety of our team, our members and our community.

On May 20, N.C. Governor Cooper provided an update on Phase 2 of the state’s reopening. Gyms are not included in this phase, which means we cannot fully open our facilities for health & wellness access at this time.

In accordance with state and local guidance, we’re excited to announce our first phase of reopening with programs and services for current members of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte that include access to curated outdoor group exercise classes and fitness offerings, some of our indoor and outdoor pools, as well as the launch of day camp and overnight camp options.

We realize this is a time of rapid change, and we hope to resume full operations soon.

For more details, please see below and check back here often for updates.

 

Reopening Information

In accordance with state and local guidance, we’re excited to announce our first phase of reopening with programs and services that include access to curated outdoor group exercise classes and fitness offerings, some of our indoor and outdoor pools, as well as the launch of day camp and overnight camp options.

To learn more, please click on each of the sections below. We will provide more details about schedules no later than Friday, May 29. Additionally, check out our options for virtual engagement to help keep you active and healthy.

As a reminder, the amenities opening in June are for current members. At this time with reduced capacity, we are unable to include guests of members or YMCA members from non-YMCA of Greater Charlotte associations.

 

Plan Ahead - What Should You Know and Bring?

  • Before entering a Y facility, be prepared to have your temperature checked and to be asked five health screening questions (anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be permitted to enter).
  • Dress appropriately before you arrive. Locker rooms will be closed.
  • Please bring the personal items you need (a mat, towel, water bottle, etc.) and a face covering.
  • Please wear a face covering whenever possible, especially in common areas where others are present.
  • Adhere to the physical distancing requirements by keeping at least six feet away from others whenever possible.
  • Expect reduced capacity. To ensure proper social distancing, areas and classes will have a limited capacity.
  • Wipe down equipment, weights, mats, etc. before and after use with the cleaning materials provided.
  • We’re unable to offer Y Kids childcare services at this time.
  • Youth members ages 10-15 are welcome with a parent as part of a family membership (except at adult-only branches such as Dowd YMCA) and will be asked to maintain the same social distancing and safety protocols as all members.
  • Please stay home if you’re sick or don’t feel well. The CDC and state public health officials encourage seniors and members of vulnerable populations, including those with underlying health conditions, to stay at home.

 

Helping to Keep You Safe

Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our team and our members, families and participants. We are ready to prioritize your safety through the following precautions:

  • Enhancing sanitization of equipment, surfaces and areas combined with an increased frequency of cleaning
  • Adjusting hours to facilitate enhanced deep cleaning
  • Creating stations for hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes
  • Focusing on “no touch” or “low touch” interactions
  • Requiring personal protective equipment (PPE) for our team members (except in group exercise classes)
  • Encouraging members and participants to wear PPE while indoors
  • Taking temperatures before team members, members and participants enter our facilities
  • Reducing capacity and redesigning some areas to maintain physical distancing practices and creating one-way indoor traffic patterns. Also, where possible we will maintain single entry and exit points.
  • Implementing new COVID-19 education, training, and protocols for our team members
Virtual Engagement

During this time, we want to help you prioritize your health and wellness. Regular exercise is one component of a healthy lifestyle that can help reduce stress and prevent illness.

Access daily live classes taught by the professional instructors at the YMCA of Greater Charlotte.

Watch a variety of virtual classes via Y360. Enjoy a variety of lower intensity classes similar to our Sculpt & Tone and CardioStrength classes as well as a variety of slow flow yoga classes.

Members can download our app to access workouts, and fitness challenges, goals, and more!

Stream MOSSA classes over the next 60 days to enjoy your favorite YMCA classes from anywhere. These 30 minute workouts are more intense and similar to programming offerings in our Charlotte Y’s, including Group Power, Ride, Centergy, Fight & Core along with additional options including Athlete (similar to our Athletic Conditioning Classes), Blast (step) and Groove (CardioFunk).

​​​​​​​Group Exercise

Limited outdoor group exercise classes will resume on June 1 at the following branches: Brace Family, Dowd, Harris, Keith Family and Lowe’s, and Morrison YMCAs. Envision group exercise classes and fitness on rooftops, parking decks, outdoor pavilions and athletic fields.

Planned classes include: athletic conditioning, group power, yoga, strength & conditioning, CardioFunk, Zumba and family strength & conditioning.

Please note that this information is subject to change. We will provide more details about schedules no later than Friday, May 29.

 

Safety and Social Distancing Information

  • We will offer a reduced schedule to start.
  • All classes will be on a reservation system. Participants will have a maximum of 24 hours to reserve their spot.
  • Classes will run at a reduced capacity to support social distancing guidelines. Classes cannot exceed 24 people.
  • Fields will be marked for participants to maintain proper social distancing. Maintain 6 feet of social distancing at all times.
  • Face coverings are recommended before and after each class.
​​​​​​​Childcare, Day Camp & Education
  • Kick Start Camp – designed to be a resource for parents who are beginning to return to work – launched on May 18 and will run through June 12 at the following branches: Brace Family, Harris, Johnston, Keith Family, McCrorey, Morrison, Simmons and Stratford Richardson.
  • Summer Day Camp will begin on May 26 at Lowes, Sally’s and Lincoln County. All other day camp will begin on June 15 at the following branches: Brace Family, Harris, Johnston, Keith Family, Lake Norman, Lincoln County, Lowe’s, McCrorey, Morrison, Sally’s, Simmons, Steele Creek and Stratford Richardson.
  • All Before, Afterschool and Preschool registration is postponed until the school systems develop their 2020-21 calendars.
  • Out-of-School Days will not be offered until further notice.
  • Y Readers will operate as a virtual tutoring program this summer.
  • Drop-Off and Drop-In Childcare (Y Kids) is suspended until further notice.
  • Full-Day Licensed Childcare will follow the direction of the state of North Carolina.

For the safety and well-being of all children and staff, the YMCA Health and Wellness Guidelines will be strictly enforced in all youth programs, particularly that participants must be fever- and symptom-free for at least 48 hours without fever-reducing medication before they can return to Y programs.

Overnight Camp

Overnight camp will operate as scheduled, including a special offer on the first week of camp beginning May 31 at YMCA Camp Thunderbird. YMCA Camp Harrison will begin on June 14. Register Now.

Creative Arts

Culinary, performing and visual arts programs are suspended until further notice.

For the safety and well-being of all children and staff, the YMCA Health and Wellness Guidelines will be strictly enforced in all youth programs, particularly that participants must be fever- and symptom-free for at least 48 hours without fever-reducing medication before they can return to Y programs.

Pools & Swim Programs

Outdoor pools opening on June 8 with limited hours:

  • Brace Family YMCA
  • Harris YMCA
  • Hemby Program Center
  • Keith Family YMCA
  • Morrison YMCA
  • Simmons YMCA

Indoor pools opening on June 8 with limited hours:

  • Dowd YMCA
  • Lowe’s YMCA

As a reminder, the amenities opening in June are for current members. At this time with reduced capacity, we are unable to include guests of members or YMCA members from non-YMCA of Greater Charlotte associations.

Please note that this information is subject to change. We will provide more details about schedules no later than Friday, May 29.

Youth Sports, Dance & Gymnastics

Youth sports, in-person dance and in-person gymnastics programs are all postponed until further notice. Virtual dance and virtual gymnastics will continue to operate as scheduled.

For the safety and well-being of all children and staff, the YMCA Health and Wellness Guidelines will be strictly enforced in all youth programs, particularly that participants must be fever- and symptom-free for at least 48 hours without fever-reducing medication before they can return to Y programs.

Teen Programs

Level Up will not begin until further notice.

Y Achievers and other teen programs are suspended until further notice.

For the safety and well-being of all children and staff, the YMCA Health and Wellness Guidelines will be strictly enforced in all youth programs, particularly that participants must be fever- and symptom-free for at least 48 hours without fever-reducing medication before they can return to Y programs.

Events

Birthday parties at all YMCA locations are postponed until further notice.

Check the YMCA Community Events page for more information about events.