WHAT TO EXPECT
Your experience will be a little different from what you are accustomed to, as participants will need to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines for the health and safety of members, youth and staff. Please take a moment to get familiar with some of the guidelines our members will have to follow for the time being.
Per the Governor’s mandate: face coverings must be worn at all times while inside the YMCA, except while eating, drinking and in an aquatic setting (pool, shower); this includes wearing a mask while working out in the Wellness Center; those who cannot medically tolerate a mask may wear a face shield in its place (please provide your own face shield)
Bandanas, buffs and gaiters are not considered acceptable face coverings for use inside the Wellness Center
Y staff will provide a disposable mask to those without an acceptable face covering
Children ages 12-13 may use the Wellness Center when accompanied by a parent- subject to an orientation with Y staff (child and parent must be members and both will need to make a reservation); children ages 14 & up may use the Wellness Center without a parent
Reservations must be made in advance to utilize the facility—please use our online ‘Reserve a Workout’ portal or call Member Services to make a reservation
We want you to be able to experience the fullest possible workout! Members may participate in up to 3 different services per day but cannot have longer than 60 minutes in any one area that day to limit your exposure time (for instance: you can make a reservation to workout in the Wellness Center, then swim, then take an outdoor Group Exercise class all in one day); subject to availability- explore our Reserve a Workout portal on our website to view available days and times
Your temperature will be checked at Member Services upon entry; Attestation Form must be signed each time you enter for contact tracing purposes
Members should wipe down equipment before and after each use; disinfectant will be available in the Wellness Center
Physical distancing will be in effect throughout the building; please follow floor and wall signage for instructions
Showers will be available however reservations allow for 60 minutes to limit exposure, so showers must be planned accordingly to fit within this time allowance; members should come dressed to workout/swim.
Whirlpool, sauna and steam room remained closed per the Governor’s orders
Basketball and racquetball courts remained closed; indoor group exercise classes may resume at a later date; outdoor group exercise classes will continue as scheduled
If you are in need of childcare at this time, please contact our Youth Development Department for more information.
We know that school is going to look a lot different this Fall, so the Y is here to help! We’re pleased to offer school day Enrichment Programs structured to provide your child time and space to complete their virtual coursework. Your kids will enjoy a safe place to learn and connect, and you’ll have peace of mind as you focus on responsibilities at work and home.
We know that when we work together, we move individuals, families and communities forward. We are also committed to inspiring a spirit of service by uniting individuals from all walks of life to participate in and work for positive social change. Our Y Cares Initiative was developed to strengthen our community via hands-on service projects and advocacy. If you are a local organization or community volunteer and would like to partner with us, please reach out to Lauren de Jong, Marketing & Communications Director, to discuss your ideas.
YMCA housing was started in the 1860s to give young men moving to cities from rural areas safe and affordable lodging. Facilities included gyms, auditoriums and hotel-like rooms. Chicago’s Farwell Hall, the first known YMCA dormitory, was completed in 1867. Between 1922 and 1940, YMCA accommodations grew from approximately 55,000 rooms to more than 100,000, more than any hotel chain at the time. Among those who stayed at YMCA residences: journalists Andy Rooney and Dan Rather, African American leaders Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., novelist Jack Kerouac and U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young.
Our Residency in Gloversville provides supportive housing for the homeless and potentially homeless. For questions, please contact our VP of Residency Services.
MORE THAN A GYM
The Y is so much more than a gym. We are the leading nonprofit committed to empowering young people, improving health and well-being and inspiring action in and across communities. While many gyms and health clubs automatically froze memberships during the pandemic, we gave our members the option of staying with us as a sustaining member to support our many critical services that remained operational even while the fitness center doors were closed; pausing a membership; or cancelling a membership. Y memberships are not fitness memberships: they are investments in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility!
If you have not placed your membership on hold, you will be playing a vital role in helping us continue to meet the needs of kids, families and individuals in our communities who need us most. Once the state-mandated shutdown concludes, we will send you a charitable contribution acknowledgment to reflect your sustaining membership gift during the closure. No action is needed to become a sustaining member. You will automatically receive a tax deducible receipt when our doors reopen!
If freezing your membership is the best option for you at this time, please reach out to Member Services to assist or complete this online form. Our friendly team is available to help you Monday-Friday 6AM-7PM. Monthly members can stop monthly payments by placing their account on hold and annual (prepaid) members can extend their membership expiration date by initiating a hold. Holds are valid through December 31, 2020. Those initiating a hold after October 1 will incur a $15 hold fee.
If you wish to reactive your membership to take advantage of some of the safe options currently available like fitness center use, lap swimming or outdoor group exercise, please call to initiate this process. Reactivation requires a prorated membership fee be paid over the phone and normal monthly drafts will resume the following month. For annual members currently on hold, no action is needed to reactivate.
You may also utilize our online chat to receive virtual help in real-time!
If you wish to cancel at this time, we understand and are here to help. A signed Termination Form is needed to complete this request. The process can take 10 business days to take effect so take this into consideration that your cancellation may not precede your next scheduled draft date. We suggest you place your account on hold in the meantime while you wait for your cancellation to complete. Please contact Member Services to assist. If you cancel after September 1, you will be subject to a joiner's fee when you return. Those who cancelled before September 1 will be able to return with no joiner's fee!