Facility Update

ONGOING UPDATES

Please remember to be KIND to ALL our staff, volunteers, and members during this time as we continue to transition into a safe and inclusive space for everyone! This has been a difficult year for all of our community and your patience with safety protocols and guidelines, limited services and spaces is greatly appreciated at this time.

HOURS OF OPERATION

OPENING UNDER STEP 3 GUIDELINES FRAMEWORK

  • Mon–Fri 5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Closed Sunday.
  • Holidays 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

*Program spaces close a half hour before the building closes.

FALL PROGRAMS

As guidelines change, we expect that our protocols in our centres will change over time. Here is how your YMCA experience will be different as we take precautions to keep you safe.

As our fall program session has begun this week and we welcome all of our youth members back, please be reminded of a few COVID guidelines and capacity limits.

Please be advised that we are following government guidelines and proof of double vaccination will be required from all members, staff and volunteers as of September 22nd to enter the facility.

FAQs About Vaccinations

Please follow parking by-laws in our parking lot. Leaving your vehicle unattended in the fire route in front of the building may result in a violation ticket.

Swimming Lessons:

  • If your children are old enough (10 years of age or older), please drop them off outside the front doors and your child can scan their own membership card and enter the facility.
  • If you require to escort your child to the changeroom and pool deck, please do so and return upstairs and then return to the facility to pick them up at the end of the swim class.
  • There is a limit of 4 members at a time in our pool viewing area, please follow this limit as we are very restricted for capacity while we maintain a safe environment to all of our staff, volunteers and members.
  • Masks are to be worn onto the pool deck and can be removed once they are ready to enter the water. We have added hooks on the pool deck for swimmers to leave their masks during their swim. We encourage a zip lock bag to leave the mask in while hanging.

Youth Programs:

  • Due to capacity limits, parents must drop off and pick-up children as spectating or waiting for your child in the building during programs cannot happen at this time.
  • If your children are old enough (10 years of age or older), please drop them off outside the front doors and your child can scan their own membership card and enter the facility.
  • Program staff will be present just beyond the membership services desk for you to sign your children into programs and sign out after the program is over. This will need to be done each week.

Health screening and limited capacity in spaces will be put in place.

Masks are MANDATORY to enter the facility, while walking throughout the facility from one area to another and transitioning from equipment to equipment.

  • All participants will complete a self-screening questionnaire before entering.
  • Because we can only allow a certain number of people in the facility at once, we will not be allowing access for out-of-town guests, day passes or punch passes, to give our members more opportunity to use their YMCA.
  • Members must be from the Algoma District Region because of reduced capacity.
  • Fitness and Aqua Fitness classes will  be offered by ticket system based on maintaining 2 metre physical distance. Fitness classes in the Studio will be 11 members plus 1 instructor. Aqua classes will be 15 members plus 1 instructor. 

Physical distancing, frequent disinfecting, and equipment changes:

  • We will continue the increased cleaning and disinfecting practices in all areas of our facility. 
  • As always, we will provide disinfectant wipes for members to use on their equipment before and after use, it is mandatory for members to clean equipment before and after use of every piece of equipment used.
  • To ensure safe physical distancing of 2 metres, class sizes in group fitness classes will be smaller, and some of the equipment may have been moved to allow for proper spacing.
  • Fitness Centre cardio equipment has all been moved back into the Fitness Centre and spaced 2 metres apart.
  • YMCA Staff will be always enforcing physical distancing of 2 metres for all activities and high-intensity activities.
  • We have removed equipment that is difficult to sanitize, such as yoga blocks, and foam rollers.

Program and service changes:

  • Gymnasium open bookings have been CANCELLED at this time. We will revisit a plan for open gymnasium later on in the year.
  • Fitness Centre equipment has been spaced to allow for the 2 metres between each piece.

Locker rooms and amenities:

  • We are encouraging our members to come changed and ready to work out whenever possible. Locker rooms and showers WILL be available with physical distancing measures in place of 2 metres. Washrooms will be available to all members. The family changeroom will be used mainly by summer day camps but is also available should you require more space.
  • Water fountains will not be available for direct consumption, but refill stations are available. We encourage members to bring a water bottle from home.

Your YMCA membership:

**Please note: If you would like to place your membership on hold or make changes to your YMCA membership, please CONTACT us. Please visit the YMCA Membership Services hours in person Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm.  Please email info@ssmymca.ca for any other questions about memberships.

As guidelines change, we expect that our protocols in our centres will change over time. We promise to communicate changes to your YMCA experience as they occur! We will be constantly communicating with Algoma Public Health to determine what safety measures and protocols need to be in place to keep all our staff, volunteers, and members safe. The following types of health and safety procedures will be in place for the foreseeable future:

  • You must wear a mask throughout the building other than when actively engaging in an athletic or fitness activity including water-based activities; consuming food or drink; for any emergency or medical purpose.
  • Proof of vaccination will be required
  • Self-screening before entering is mandatory. Should you experience any symptoms of COVID-19, please refrain from visiting our facility.
  • Limited capacity
  • Physical distancing
  • Frequent disinfecting 
  • Equipment changes
  • Reduced service & closed spaces/areas.
  • Be KIND to our staff, volunteers, and your fellow members. Remember we are doing our absolute best to remain a safe and respectful facility for everyone to enjoy.
  • Follow our Values of Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Honesty, and Inclusiveness.

While we know there will be changes to YMCA spaces, one thing that has not changed is the fact that our YMCA community is made up of kind and caring individuals who know how important it is for kids, families, and individuals to have a safe place to connect, belong and thrive. We know that the need for these opportunities has increased through this period of isolation, while at the same time, the financial situation of many in our community has worsened. As we look to keeping our facilities open to members, we know that the need for financial assistance is eminent and the generosity of our members is needed and appreciated more than ever. 

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We cannot wait to connect with you in person again! Stay tuned for more information! This page will be updated regularly. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for updated information.

**UPDATED: September 16, 2021