Ten Y branches are open for membership. We know you've got questions, and below, we've done our best to provide answers. For additional questions, please contact us!
Your health and well-being is our number one priority. Following all government guidelines, we are doing everything we can to create a welcoming and clean environment for all. You can find more information on our website about our protocols and what to expect when you come back.
See the “Schedules & Activities” section on each branch webpage to see what is currently available at your branch.
We are now open on Fridays and we are open from 1-2pm during weekdays. We continue to evaluate our operating hours and do not have a time frame for expanding hours further at this time.
Health & Cleaning
Masks are optional for fully vaccinated individuals in all areas of the facility with the exception of childcare and housing. Unvaccinated members are responsible for wearing a mask per NYS guidance. We will not require vaccine verification upon entry and will be relying on the honor system.
Please note: Per state guidelines, bandanas, buffs, gaiters, and masks with vents are not acceptable face coverings.
At the Y we are committed to serving all New Yorkers. We continue to adhere to New York State guidelines which are based on CDC guidance to utilize self-reporting to determine vaccination status. As such, the YMCA is not requiring proof of vaccination and is relying on the honor-system.
Temperature checks and health screenings will no longer be required for all members upon arrival at the Y. Members will need to continue to scan their Member ID cards or barcode on the mobile app. Health screenings are still required for childcare programs.
Prior to opening and throughout the day, our staff are rigorously cleaning and disinfecting our facilities and equipment using electrostatic sprayers and other supplies. We also ask members to please wipe down equipment before and after use, and to wash their hands often or use hand sanitizer.
We are working to improve air quality by upgrading our HVAC unit air filters to MERV 13 (wherever possible), regularly treating evaporator coils with solution proven effective in combating COVID-19, and increasing outdoor air supply wherever possible.
Using the Gym
For individuals not vaccinated, please bring a mask and wear it properly at all times. Per state guidelines, bandanas, buffs, gaiters, and masks with vents are not acceptable face coverings. Please also bring a filled water bottle, towel, and lock.
Yes! Pools at branches currently providing membership services are open for adult lap swim and family swim. Reservations are not required for lap swim and will continue to be required for family swim.
Yes. To ensure all members are able to enjoy the facility, we are limiting cardio equipment usage to 30 minutes per session if other members are waiting.
Yes! We are offering indoor group exercise classes.
We are evaluating our space for Child Watch and government Covid protocols for serving children in this type of setting. We do not have a specific date for reopening Child Watch at this time.
Yes. Please check the “Schedules & Activities” section of your branch webpage to see the requirements at your branch.
All locker rooms, showers, and water fountains are open.
We do not plan to reopen the steam rooms and saunas at this time. We are reviewing the protocol and maintenance required to bring our saunas and steam rooms back online.
We will no longer be offering towel service. This decision was made to keep our rates for 2021 at the 2019 rates. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.
Access to membership services is reserved for members only at this time.We welcome anyone who is interested in membership or programs to take a tour.
After June 28, reservations will no longer be needed for lap swim or most group exercise classes. Reservations will be required for select group exercise classes that have limited equipment or space restrictions and will also continue to be used for family swim. You can learn more by visiting the Fitness, Swim & Sports Schedule online or on our mobile app.
Please make reservations using our new mobile app, or by calling your branch.
Membership & Programs
If your branch has resumed membership services, membership fees resumed in October. All other branch membership fees will remain on hold.
City-wide members are welcome to use the 10 branches open for membership services.
We appreciate your membership and would love to keep you as part of the Y community. You are welcome to keep your membership on hold at no charge during the Summer and hold fees will resume in October. Please contact your branch to discuss your options.
We understand. This is a tough time for so many people, and we appreciate your membership. If possible, we would love to keep you as part of the Y community by keeping your membership on hold. Please contact your branch to discuss your options.
Yes! If membership has not restarted at your branch, you can activate your membership to resume drafting at your existing branch rate and receive a city-wide membership, which will provide access to any open Y branch. Please contact your branch to reactivate your membership.
Three branches — Long Island City, Rockaway, and South Shore — currently offer Silver Sneakers and Renew Active memberships. You may discontinue your membership at your home branch and join one of these three branches to utilize your Silver Sneakers/Renew Active membership.
Our daycare and Pre-K/3-K for All programs are open now at limited branches. Please reach out to your branch to learn more and enroll. Afterschool programs are running both remote and in person, and our Learning Lab sites are open.
We’re thrilled to run summer camp in 2021! Through our in-person day camps and specialty camps in at all branches, parents can trust the Y to give their kids a fun, enriching, and high-quality camp experience this summer — out of the house and off screens. Please visit our website for more information and to register.
All campers and camp staff will continue to wear masks inside the Y for summer day camp.