Lancaster Family YMCA REOPENING Policy and Procedures

Lancaster Family YMCA REOPENING Policy and Procedures

We are very excited to reopen our Lampeter Strasburg and City Center branches on September 14, 2020! We thank you for the trust you have placed in our Y over the years. We appreciate our members, staff and vendors for being very supportive as we announced our financial challenges and their impact on our reopening in a COVID-19 environment. Our team has done a lot of work to enable us to reopen again with new procedures and policies in place to keep our community safe and our facilities open for you.  Our Camp Shand facility will not be reopening.


In alignment with the CDC, local licensing agencies and health officials, we are implementing important guidelines and operational changes as we reopen. These changes are listed below and are subject to change based on additional guidance from health officials. We also needed to make adjustments to make our reopening financially viable. As membership increases and guidelines change, programming and operations will increase, including group exercise classes and our hours of operations.


We are committed to reopening our facilities and programs in a safe and caring manner. This reopening plan is a living document and all necessary changes will be made to ensure growth of our programs and the continued health and safety of members and staff.





    • We ask you to stay home if you feel sick and refrain from entering our facilities if you have had a temperature in the last 72 hours, or believe you were exposed to the Coronavirus within the last 14 days.
    • CDC guidelines encourage vulnerable populations to stay at home



    • Due to CDC guidelines, the Y will be operating at 50% of total capacity until further notice. At times of capacity limits, you may be asked to wait until space is available.



    • All members, participants, visitors and staff, (with the exception of the camp participants), will enter through the main front door area. The entrance to the building will be through the handicap accessible double doors on the left side. Signs will be posted for entrance and exit doors.
    • All members, participants, visitors and staff, (with the exception of the camp participants) will exit through the main front door area on the left side of the vestibule going out. Signs will be posted for entrance and exit doors.
    • Pre-K Counts and Kids Club will check in at the tent at the City Center and utilize the left double doors to enter and will exit through the left going out. Signs will be posted to guide you.  Parents of Pre-K Counts and Kids Club participants will not be able to enter the YMCA when dropping off or picking up program participants.


ENTRANCE AND EXIT YMCA Lampeter Strasburg Branch

    • All members, participants, visitors and staff, (with the exception of the camp participants), will enter through the main front door area using the left door to enter. Signs will be posted for entrance and exit doors.
    • All members, participants, visitors and staff, (with the exception of the camp participants) will exit through the main front door area on the left side going out. Signs will be posted for entrance and exit doors.



Anyone entering our facility for the first time since the shutdown of our facilities, must sign an updated waiver. On your first visit back, please stop at the temperature check desk at the YMCA to complete this waiver.


    • All members, staff, participants and visitors will have their temperature taken daily, at the membership desk prior to accessing the facilities.
      • Anyone having a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be granted access to Y facilities that day but may return 24 hours later.
    • The following three wellness questions will be asked upon arrival to any location in our LFYMCA Association:

Question 1:  Have you been in contact with anyone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days?


Question 2:  In the past 24 hours, have you experienced a persistent cough or shortness of breath.


Question 3:  In the past 24 hours, have you had any of the following symptoms (2 or more symptoms precludes entry to the YMCA):

  1. New loss of taste/smell
  2. Body aches
  3. Sore throat
  4. Fever
  5. Chills
  6. Diarrhea
  7. Repeated shaking with chills
  8. Muscle pain
  9. Headache
  • Anyone answering, “Yes”, to any of the above questions will not be permitted access to Y facilities that day.



    • Go to lancasterymca.org/masks for our full mask policy
    • Children enrolled in childcare/camp programs will follow guidelines set forth by the Department of Human Resources and Early Learning Center procedures.
    • All Lancaster Family YMCA staff will be required to wear a face mask at all times and practice social distancing



    • Social Distancing should be practiced at all times while in YMCA facilities and on YMCA property.
    • Please stay at least 6 feet apart, as much as possible and respect the personal space of others.
    • Social or physical distancing means maintaining a distance of at least six feet during any time of close contact that is equal to or greater than 15 minutes and preventing large gatherings.



    • We ask that everyone entering our Y facilities wash/sanitize their hands upon entrance into buildings and regularly throughout their visit to the Y facilities to help keep themselves and others safe. Hand sanitation supplies are located throughout the facilities.
    • We ask that everyone, when using a toilet, sanitize the toilet seat and flush handle before and after use, with self-cleaning supplies provided. If using sanitizing sheets, please do not dispose of sanitizing sheets in the toilets.
    • High touch areas will be cleaned throughout the day.  These include door handles, equipment, chairs, front desk counter, light switches, bathroom/locker room surfaces, and tabletops.



  • Members will each receive a bottle of disinfectant when checking in at the membership desk.
  • Please use the cleaning material provided to wipe equipment, lockers and chairs before and after each use.
  • Protocol for cleaning will be posted in each individual area.



  • All locker rooms will be available for use and cleaned regularly. Self-cleaning supplies will be provided for use between staff cleaning.
  • Lockers will be available for use.
  • Please clean lockers before/after each use with self-cleaning supplies provided as lockers will not be cleaned on a daily basis.
  • Please use lockers that are marked as available to allow for social distancing.
  • Please practice social distancing.
  • Showers are available for use beginning 09/21/2020 and cleaned on a regular basis.
    • Men’s Locker room shower area is limited to three participants at a time. Social distancing must be practiced in the Men’s shower area.
    • Women’s shower stalls will be limited to every other stall to allow for space between stalls.




  • The coffee station and vending machines will not be available at this time.
  • Most furniture has been removed from the member lounge and front lobby but chairs will be available in both areas and have been placed a minimal of 6 feet apart.
  • Social distancing is required.
  • For safety reasons, we ask that at this time, you refrain from bringing food into the Y for sharing.



  • No open gym or group activities permitted in gymnasiums at this time.
  • At this time gyms are closed off for general use.
  • Gyms will be utilized for internally scheduled training sessions, group exercise sessions, and/ or child care programming.



  • Child Watch service will be offered beginning the week of 09/21/2020.
  • Child Watch hours will be limited and will be announced by 09/15/2020.
  • All children in Child Watch over the age of 2 must wear a mask.
  • Any child that is unable or refuses to wear a mask will not be allowed to utilize the service and the drop off parent will be called to pick up their child.



  • The gymnasium will not be available for pickleball at this time.
  • We are exploring the option of outdoor pickleball and will update the website as we work through this option.



  • Pools will be open for swim team and lap swim only and with restrictions on attendance to maintain minimum standards for social distancing, at this time.
  • At times of capacity limits, you may be asked to wait until space is available.
  • No swim equipment will be available for member use.
  • Lap Swimming will allow no more than one swimmer per lane at any given time. Entrance into the pool will happen at both sides of the pool and will be altered by every other lane. You may be asked to exit the pool after one hour if other members are waiting.
  • We anticipate reintroducing aquatic/pool programs soon and will communicate these to members.
  • Lap swimming will require pre-registration to hold time slots for member use. Information on how to register for Lap Swimming will be shared with our members prior to our reopening. If spots are available, members may use pool to swim laps without pre-registering.



  • Group exercise classes will be posted online prior to our reopening
  • Group classes will be limited to 5 classes per branch per week, then will increase as membership and safety procures allow
  • Group exercise will primarily occur outdoors and in gymnasiums.
  • All group exercise classes will practice social distancing.



  • Youth and adult programs will not be offered at this time.
  • Personal training and small group training will be available 09/21/2020.
  • Personal training and small group training will follow social distance guidelines.



  • Lancaster Family YMCA will follow all direction from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the City and County of Lancaster. In the event of a COVID-19 exposure in any of our facilities we will follow the guidance from the Department of Health.
  • All staff, vendors, and members should engage with a medical professional if they have concerns that they have been exposed to COVID-19 and follow the advice of a medical professional for next steps including, but not limited too, when they are able to return back to the YMCA.


We’re following guidance from health experts and local officials to determine the safest way to serve everyone in our community. We’re doing everything possible to ensure our facilities meet the highest standards for hygiene and safety. We appreciate your adherence to our new policies and procedures as well as your care and consideration for your fellow Y members. We are all in this together, and together we are better!

Share this content:

NEW HOURS STARTING 12/1: Lampeter- Strasburg Branch: Monday- Thursday 5:00am- 1:30 pm, 3:00pm- 10:00 pm Friday: 5:00am- 1:30pm, 3:00pm- 8:00pm Saturday: 8:00 am- 3:00 pm City Center Branch: Monday- Thursday 5:00am- 1:30 pm, 3:00pm- 9:00 pm Friday: 5:00am- 1:30pm, 3:00pm- 9:00pm Saturday: 8:00 am- 3:00 pm