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Reopening Guide for Members – Updated 7/2

Welcome Back

Know that we are here for you and will be constantly evaluating our processes and procedures to serve you, support you and keep you safe.

Reopening on Monday, June 29. Click here for our Member Reopening Guide.

We will be closed on the Fourth of July (Camp Sherwin is Open)

YMCA Summer Memberships now available

Welcome Back - Updated July 2

We’re here to help you focus on what matters most: your health, your family and friends, and your community. Trust your Y to ensure the health and safety of all people.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be reopening the Y in three phases following guidance by the CDC and state and local health officials. You may find that you have to vary your routine – a hybrid of at-home, outdoor and at-the-Y activities while we adjust to a new Y environment. We appreciate your continued patience. Please refer to this Branch Amenities Guide to see timelines and available amenities at each phase. Some phases may be shorter or last longer as we adjust operations.

If Y fees are an obstacle to your continued Y participation, please let us know. Now more than ever, we are here to help.

Keeping You Safe

Update July 2: By order of Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine, face masks are now to be worn by all Y employees and members in common areas (hallways, lobby, locker rooms, entry) AS WELL AS WHEN SWITCHING EQUIPMENT’ they are not required while actively exercising. Read the Secretary’s full order here; wearing masks while exercising falls under Section 3, A ii.

However, individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition (including children under the age of 2 years per CDC guidance) may enter the premises and are not required to provide documentation of such medical condition; however, if you have a chronic condition that would prohibit you from wearing a mask, for your health and safety, you may want to reconsider your attendance at the Y. 

  • Members and staff are required to have their temperature taken daily upon entry to the Y.  This will happen with a touchless, thermal biometric scanner at Glenwood & Eastside and a touchless thermometer at County.
  • In compliance with CDC guidelines, members with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be allowed to 72 hours.
  • Member temperatures are confidential and not kept on file by the YMCA.

All members will be asked to update their Y participation waiver prior to their first visit back. Members without a wavier on file will be asked to sign one electronically (please allow extra time to complete this)

We’ll use a “no-contact” check in process by using your membership ID tag on your keychain or on your cell phone.

The Y is reconfiguring our physical spaces and following capacity recommendations provided by state and local officials. Signs and floor markers will be posted throughout the Y regarding physical distancing. When possible, please stay at least six feet away from others. Recommended social distancing capacities will be observed.

Members are asked to use the supplied disinfectant before and after they use the exercise equipment. Staff will be cleaning high touch surface areas regularly using the CDC approved disinfecting process utilizing EPA registered and approved chemicals and equipment. 

No. During Phase 1, only active, local members will be able to access the Y. Due to the Governor’s guidelines we are operating on reduced capacity.

We ask that you only bring a mask, workout towel, mat and a filled bottle of water. Locker Rooms are open with limited access and social distancing guidelines in place. Water fountains will be available for bottle-fill only.

We are doing everything possible to keep our Ys safe and clean, but only you can make the decision that is right for you. Know that we are here for you and will be constantly evaluating our processes and procedures to serve you, support you and keep you safe.

  • Single entry/exit
  • Plexiglass shields at customer service points
  • Masks and daily temperature checks for members and staff
  • “No-Contact” facility entry
  • Redesigned spaces for social distancing, facility usage and capacity limits
  • Disinfecting high contact surfaces frequently
  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout the facility

We appreciate you helping us to maintain a healthy environment for our staff and members. Here’s a few recommendations provided by the CDC:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Be ready for a temperature check (allow extra time when you arrive)
  • Keep the kids at home
  • Bring a towel, mask, mat and water bottle
  • Keep your distance- at least 6 feet
  • Wear your mask when not actively exercising
  • Expect reduced capacity 
  • Remember to wipe down equipment before and after each use
  • Use the handwashing stations frequently
  • Cover your cough and sneeze in your elbow

The Y will follow Erie County Department of Health policies and procedures.

Facility & Amenity Information

During Phase 1:
Eastside & Glenwood Locations – Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Closed

Eastside Y Outdoor Pool –  Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (adults only from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. M-F & 7-7:50 p.m. T/Th)  Open Swim 12-7 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 12-7 p.m. Open Swim. Click here for a helpful guide to your visit.

County Location- Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday, Closed

YMCA Camp Sherwin- open for RV, tent and cabin rental. Outdoor Pool and Spray & Play Park Open. Click here for tips on planning your visit.

YMCA Camp Sherwin Outdoor Pool – M-F 1-8 p.m. and Sat/Sun.
11 a.m.-8 p.m. Click here for a helpful guide to planning your visit.

During Phase 1 & Phase 2, the Downtown Y will remain temporarily closed due to facility limitations and social distancing guidelines.

Yes. Following guidelines from the Governor and local health officials, as well as CDC recommendations, we will have reduced capacity at Y locations. Capacity recommendations will be posted throughout the facility. We ask members to respect posted time limits for cardio and space capacity recommendations.

County Y Wellness Center: 10
County Y Free Weight Room: 3

Eastside Y Wellness Center: 35
Eastside Y Free Weight Room: 6
Eastside Y Track: 6
Eastside Y Outdoor Pools: 60

Glenwood Y Upper Wellness Center: 40
Glenwood Y Lower Wellness Center (including track): 20
Glenwood Y Free Weight Room : 5
Glenwood Y Track: 6

If you arrive and we are at capacity, you can provide your name and phone number to the Y staff person and you can wait in your car and we’ll contact you OR you may wait in a designated waiting area.

In general, open member amenities with capacity restrictions include: 

Please refer to this Branch Amenities Guide on time frames and available amenities for each of our reopening phases. Please note that some phases may be shorter or last longer as we adjust operations.

Use this helpful Branch Amenities Guide in knowing when we anticipate reopening facility amenities. Please know this is just a guide and some amenities may reopen sooner or later.

  • Swimming Pools (indoor)
  • Group Exercise Studios
  • Basketball Gyms
  • Steam Rooms/Sauna
  • Whirlpool/Hot Tub
  • Childwatch/Adventure Area
  • Interval Obstacle Course (eastside location)
  • Group cycling studios
  • Racquetball Courts
  • Playgrounds
  • Water fountains for bottle fill only; vending machines are available

During Phase 1, small, outdoor group classes are available. For a class schedule, click here. Classes do require a reservation. You may only reserve 24-hours in advance.  A number of virtual classes are offered, led by popular Erie Y instructors, on our Facebook and YouTube Channels. For additional virtual resources, click here.

No. During Phase 1, Childwatch will not be available. We ask that children under the age of 15 stay at home during Phase 1. Children are welcome at our outdoor pools accompanied by a parent if under age 13; children ages 13 and above may use the outdoor pools without a parent.

No. To ensure all members are able to enjoy the facility, we ask that you show respect to other members by limiting your cardio equipment workout to the standard 30-minutes.

No. Personal training will not resume in Phase 1. If you have purchased personal training sessions, a member from the wellness team should have already contacted you about your sessions. If not, please call (814) 452-3261

Youth age 15 and above are welcome at the Y during Phase 1. Youth 13 and above may use the outdoor pools at YMCA Camp Sherwin and eastside Y without an adult. Youth younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult to use the outdoor pools at YMCA Camp Sherwin and eastside Y.

Park as you normally would, just being aware of your personal space as you walk towards the building and entrance.  Please be aware that the West 38th Street and the side entrance closest to West 38th Street at the Glenwood Y will be closed. All members must use the entrance off of the main facility parking lot closest to Peach Street. 

Membership Information

Thank you for #StayingWithUs as we reopen in a phased approach that minimizes the spread of COVID-19 and maintains a healthy and safe environment for all. You understand that your Y membership is the cornerstone of a strong and stable Y for today and tomorrow.

If your membership was placed on hold during this time, it will automatically be reactivated once we have reopened. There is no action needed. If you want to extend your hold, you’ll need to call (814) 452-3261 or email [email protected] by Thursday, June 25.

Someone from our membership team will be calling individuals with a credit and discuss their options. 

Tax receipts will be mailed in December 2020 for all donations received during the calendar year.

  • You may continue paying your membership dues at either 100 or 50 percent and convert those dues to a tax deductible donation to help provide the Y with important operating revenue. You’ll need to call (814) 452-3261 or email [email protected] by the 20th of the month for this option
  • You may extend your membership hold for a total of 4 months (example, if you held your membership in April and May, you may hold your membership an additional 2 months). You’ll need to call (814) 452-3261 or email [email protected] by the 20th of the month for this option
  • You may cancel your membership. You’ll need to call (814) 452-3261 or email dtymcaerie.org by the 20th of the month for this option.

We’re here.  We’ve expanded our confidential financial assistance program during this recovery time.  Please speak to your local Y staff or you can complete a financial assistance application here. 

We know this is an important amenity. There are currently 12 guest lockers in the Men’s Health Center for day use available at the Glenwood Park Y while our Downtown Y remains temporarily closed. You may come to the Downtown Y and pick up personal items from your locker. If you’d like to hold your Men’s Health Center add-on fee while the Downtown Y remains closed, you may call the Downtown Y at (814) 452-3261 or email [email protected] to request this hold.

Program Information

We’ll be restarting programs as soon as it is safe to do so – and, in a phased approach. We’ll be following all local, state and CDC guidelines. In the meantime, a number of virtual programs are available through our Facebook and YouTube channels here

Member Comments And Suggestions

Drop your comments and suggestions using our Facebook Messenger Chat. Please note that your feedback is important to us and will be taken into consideration to the extent we are able given our reopening plan and mandated compliance with local and state health officials and the Governor’s Office.

Branch Capacity

The dials below show the amount of members checked into the branch relative to the maximum capacity of the branch based on current guidelines.

Eastside Family Y
Glenwood Park

Contact US

For more information please feel free to call us at (814) 452-3261, email us anytime or use the form below.

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