Reopening Guidelines

Health and Safety Guidelines and Prevention

We will begin Phase 2 of our reopening on June 1! As we begin opening more services and programs, we want to continue keeping our members, staff and program participants safe and protected while they use our facilities. We will be adhering to all CDC guidelines, as well as state and local guidelines in order to protect everyone who walks into one of our facilities. The below guidelines will be used across all Family YMCA of Greater Augusta locations where applicable.

Phase 2 Hours of Operation

Branches will follow these temporary hours of operation for YMCA Phase 2. Please check your branch for pool hours.

Augusta South Family YMCA, Barnwell County Family YMCA, Marshall Family YMCA, North Augusta Family YMCA,North Jefferson Family YMCA, Riverfront YMCA and Steiner Branch Family YMCAAiken County Family YMCA, Burke County Family YMCA, Thomson Family YMCA and Wilson Family YMCA

Monday - Friday 6:00 am - 8:00 pm

Monday - Friday 6:00 am - 8:00 pm

Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday Closed

Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Phase 2 Changes in Our Facilities:

  • Indoor or outdoor pools will reopen for lap swim by reservation. See Pool Guidelines below for more information.
  • Outdoor pools and waterparks will reopen. Check with your branch to reserve your swim session. See Pool Guidelines below for more information.
  • Katie’s Pool at Wilson Family YMCA will reopen by appointment only.
  • Group exercise classes will begin on a limited schedule by reservation. See Group Exercise guidelines below for more information.
  • Basketball will be open for single-play or with family*.
  • Pickleball will be open for 1 on 1 only.
  • Showers will reopen.
  • Members must maintain minimum of 6 feet distance.
  • All staff and members will have their temperature checked upon entering the facility.
  • Staff will be wearing personal protective equipment (masks and gloves).
  • We will have controlled access to the facilities.
  • Time may be limited in the facility.
  • Only every other piece of cardio equipment will be used.
  • No guests or nationwide members will be permitted. Facility use will only be for members during Phase 2.
  • Water fountains are only for refilling bottles.
  • Coffee will not be available.
  • No use of saunas, steam rooms or whirlpools.
  • No senior classes.
  • Members must disinfect equipment before and after use.
  • Members must wash hands before and after working out with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Increased signage throughout the building to encourage social distance, hand washing and remind members to disinfect equipment.
  • No towel service.
  • Play and Learn/Childwatch will remain closed.
  • Check your branch for changes in operating hours.
  • *Family is defined as adults and dependents on one YMCA membership.

We will review our guidelines regularly and communicate changes as necessary. We will continue providing virtual resources for our members who are still sheltering at home.

Phase 2 Pool Reopening Guidelines

  • Pools will have set times for lap swim that must be reserved in advance.
  • Pools will open with designated sessions. Check with your branch for session times and availability.
  • Families* will be required to stay together in designated pods on pool deck.
  • *Family is defined as adults and dependents on one YMCA membership.
  • There will be a limited capacity on the pool deck for each session.
  • Pool areas and equipment will be cleaned and disinfected between sessions.
  • See your branch for operating hours.
  • Private or family swim lessons will be available by reservation.
  • Members must shower before entering the pool.
  • Sanitation stations and hand sanitizer will be available on the pool deck.
  • Lazy rivers will be closed for tube usage.

Group Exercise Guidelines

  • Class schedule will be limited.
  • Spots must be reserved in advance.
  • Members must maintain 10 feet social distance during group exercise classes.
  • Length of class may be limited.
  • Senior classes and Silver Sneakers will continue virtually.
  • Zoom, Facebook Live, YouTube and YMCA 360 will still be used for virtual classes.

Camp Safety Guidelines

We are thrilled to offer camp this summer, and are committed to providing fun and adventure for your child while keeping them safe. We have learned over the last few months while providing Essential Personnel Childcare how to keep children safe in these unprecedented times. We will be following all CDC, ACA, YUSA, local health department and state guidelines, which means camp will be a little different this summer to ensure the health and safety of our campers. View our COVID-19 Day Camp policies.

  • Check-in and check-out will be conducted outside in a car line style.
  • We will limit bus usage for transportation.
  • All campers will have their temperature checked at check-in and mid-day. Temperature must be below 100.4 to remain at camp.
  • Any camper with a temperature above 100.4 will not be allowed to return for two weeks. Camper can be readmitted with a note signed by a physician or a negative COVID-19 test.
  • Campers must wash/sanitize hands before and after each activity/meal.
  • Camp groups will be limited to a 1:10 ratio.
  • Campers will eat and complete activities with their camp group only.
  • All camper’s personal items must fit in a backpack that can be hung on a hook or chair.
  • All campers must bring a refillable water bottle with them.
  • Outside vendors will not provide activities for campers.
  • We will not be conducting field trips.
  • There will be heighten cleaning throughout the day, including a disinfecting fogger for camp activity rooms.
  • Limited number of total campers due to spacing/occupancy guidelines.

We will review our guidelines throughout the summer and make any changes as necessary. Any revisions to our guidelines will be communicated through email, our website and social media.