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Teen Wellness | The Gateway Family YMCA

Reopening Information

At The Gateway Family YMCA, the safety of our children, members and Y staff continues to remain our highest priority.  We are planning a phased approach to reopening our YMCA programs and facilities under the guidance of local, state and national government and health agencies.

WHAT TO EXPECT

We missed you!  It’s been hard to be away from the people we care about, but thank you for persevering and doing your part to stay safe and stop the spread of coronavirus.  We’re here to help you focus on what matters most:  Your health, your family and friends, and your community.

We’ve been carefully planning to reopen our facilities and reactivate key programs in the safest manner possible, so you can access the services and support you miss and need the most.  We’re doing everything possible to ensure our facilities meet the highest standards for health and safety, and we have modified our procedures, programs and facilities to promote safe social distancing practices.

As we reopen our facilities, we are keeping the health and safety of our members and staff at the forefront of all decisions.  Therefore, we have made adjustments within our facility and to our guidelines for use based on guidance from the Governor’s office and the local health department.

While we were mandated to close quickly, we are reopening slowly and in phases, while continuing to provide virtual and essential services.  Please continue to monitor our website and mobile app as changes occur.

We are one Y – All members of The Gateway Family YMCA are welcome to utilize the branches, programs and services that are open and operating during each phase of our reopening plan.  For updated program schedules, please monitor our Virtual Wellness Page, Schedule Page or Mobile App.

Learn more about our cleaning and safety guidelines below.

WELCOME TO THE YMCA

We’re following guidance from health experts and local officials to determine the safest way to serve everyone in our community.  The information below is subject to change at any time, as new information, guidelines and resources become available.

  • Health Screening: All Staff, Members and Vendors (Everyone visiting our facilities) are required to have their temperature taken and will be asked Health Screening Questions upon entry to the facility.
  • All Staff, Members and Vendors will be required to wash and/or sanitize hands upon entry to the building.
  • All Staff, Members, Vendors and Children over the age of 2 will be required to wear a face covering/mask at all times, with the exception of while actively exercising with 6-foot social distancing.  Any individual with a medical condition that precludes the wearing of a face covering/mask should provide a physician’s note upon entry.  Y staff will be wearing face covering/masks, but know that we are smiling from ear to ear because we are happy to see you.
  • A limited number of participants will be allowed within the facility and within areas of the facility at one time.
  • Please follow all directional and safety signage, Y staff directions and all posted guidelines.

MEMBERS FIRST

  • We are putting our Members First – No guests, non-members or nationwide members will be permitted during our initial phase of reopening.
  • We are one Y – All members of The Gateway Family YMCA are welcome to utilize the branches, programs and services that are open and operating during each phase of our reopening plan.

MEMBER SERVICES

  • No Contact Check-in
    • Please have your YMCA Membership Card or Mobile App ready to scan as you enter the facility.  Check-in will be self-serve; Please pause a moment for Y Staff to acknowledge your access.
    • If you have forgotten your Membership Card, please stand where indicated and verbally assist our staff in recording your visit.
  • No Contact Member Services
    • To limit interaction at our Welcome Center, our Y is practicing a Digital First strategy.
    • All registration and payments should be completed online at tgfymca.org.
    • Please limit your time at the Welcome Center by calling ahead to ask any questions.

THROUGHOUT THE FACILITY

  • Social Distancing, minimum of six feet, is required throughout the facility.
  • Please follow all directional and safety signage, Y staff directions and all posted guidelines.
  • One-way traffic patterns will be utilized whenever possible.
  • Members are asked to remain in designated areas. Parts of the facilities will remain closed based on government and health department guidelines, as we move through our phases of reopening.
  • Safety Breaks throughout the day allow for total area disinfection.
  • High touch areas will be disinfected regularly throughout the day.
  • Some equipment will not be available to allow for social distancing and disinfecting procedures.
  • Participants must disinfect equipment before and after use.
  • Participants must wash/sanitize hands before and after working out.
  • Y staff will be stationed throughout the facility to assist with disinfecting equipment and to answer questions regarding new guidelines.

All Staff, Members and Vendors who are unwilling to comply with the Y’s COVID transmission prevention measures will be asked to leave the facility immediately.

To ensure members’ health and safety, as well as enjoyment of our facilities, we will continue to review and update these guidelines regularly to remain in line with federal, state and local guidelines.

REOPENING INFORMATION

Our YMCA is currently entering PHASE ONE of our reopening plan, with the strongest safety procedures for social/physical distancing and individual activities.

All members of The Gateway Family YMCA are welcome to utilize the branches, programs and services that are open and operating during each phase of our reopening plan.  Information below will be updated as information changes, please check back often.

OUR INTENTION IS TO PROVIDE

 

  • Virtual Programs and Services through YOUR VIRTUAL Y, including LIVE Group Exercise Programs, Chronic Disease Programs, Enrichment Activities, Youth Programs, Virtual Summer Camp and Virtual WISE Services Program.  All Active Full and Virtual Members are eligible to participate in Virtual Programs and Services.  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILED VIRTUAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

 

  • Outdoor Group Exercise Programs, beginning on July 6, 2020.  All Active Full Privilege Members, Ages 12 & Up are eligible to participate in Outdoor Group Exercise Programs offered in multiple locations.  Online Registration is Required in Advance, Space is Limited.  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILED OUTDOOR PROGRAM INFORMATION

 

  • Child Care Services beginning on July 13, 2020 with limited availability at the newly renovated Youth Development Branch, 16-20 Jefferson Avenue in Elizabeth, which is a stand-alone facility providing only child care services at this time.  During this time, we are combining both Child Care programs and staff at the Youth Development Branch.  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILED CHILD CARE INFORMATION

 

  • Individualized Wellness Access, beginning on July 13, 2020.  All Active Full Privilege Members, Ages 12 & Up are eligible to participate in Individualized Wellness Access, a unique experience offered for a limited time.  Online Registration is Required in Advance, Space is Limited.  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILED INDIVIDUALIZED WELLNESS ACCESS

 

  • Initially, one branch will be open for individual level activities only. All members of The Gateway Family YMCA are welcome to utilize the branches, programs and services that are open and operating during each phase of our reopening plan.  We plan to open one branch at a time, in a planned manner, following the appropriate guidelines.

 

  • Remaining YMCA Branches will reopen in later phases for health and wellness, aquatics and programs.

 

  • The Five Points Child Development Center will reopen in a later phase. During this time, all Child Care services are being provided at the Youth Development Branch.

 

  • The WISE Center Branch will continue to provide Virtual services at this time, due to the vulnerable population served.

 

The Y isn’t a building.  It’s people from all backgrounds and walks of life who come together to improve their lives, nurture their families and strengthen our community, together.

The Gateway Family YMCA has served our community for 120 years.  We will continue to engage and serve all people where they are, including through virtual opportunities and outreach services for those who continue to practice social distancing and those who need special support during these challenging times.

We’re so happy to welcome you back!  Together, we’re a better us.

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