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Notice for Members:

The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka is committed to following the direction of the Provincial Government and our Local Health Unit’s COVID-19 protocols and mandates. For more on what that means for your Y, click here.

What to Expect When You Visit the YMCA

COVID-19 FAQ’s

See below for a list of frequently asked questions we’ve put together to help answer your questions:

Accessing the YMCA:

Our Health, Fitness & Aquatics facilities in Collingwood, Gravenhurst, Innisfil, Midland, and Wasaga Beach are now open!

The government of Ontario announced the passing of legislation that will lift the province’s proof of vaccination requirements as of March 1. The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka will follow the guidance of local health authorities, and remove proof of vaccination requirements as directed by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit on March 1. This will apply to our Health, Fitness & Aquatics facilities, as well as our community programs: Employment and Learning Services, Immigrant Services, and Youth Services.

The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka supports our community’s mass vaccination efforts; Effective September 2nd, 2021, the YMCA has mandated that all staff and volunteers must provide proof of vaccination.

Some programs and classes require booking in advance at www.YMCAOnlinePortal.ca. If you require assistance with your bookings, please contact us.

Members and guests are required to self-screen for symptoms of COVID-19 before entering our facilities, as per health unit guidelines

To keep you and others safe, and so you have a clear understanding of the various risks associated with participating in programs and services, the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka requires you to sign a one-time participation waiver.  This is a requirement of entry.  You can download and sign the waiver securely by clicking here.  It is strongly recommended you complete this waiver process ahead of your visit to save time upon your first re-entry in person.

In alignment with current provincial health announcements removing the mask mandate, starting March 21 masks will be optional, but recommended, for all staff, volunteers, and participants in all YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka facilities. With this change we ask that you please be kind, respect others’ choices, continue to observe social distancing, and stay home if you are not feeling well.

The YMCA is a space for everyone to feel safe and respected. Some people may feel comfortable continuing to wear their mask as mandates lift, while others may feel comfortable removing their masks. No matter the choice, everyone needs to be respected in all of our programs and facilities.

Yes, we will have a supply of masks available at the facility

Health & Safety:

The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka is actively monitoring and complying with all directives from Ontario Health Services, the Government of Ontario Chief Medical Officer, and other relevant health authorities.

The health, safety and protection of our members, participants, staff and volunteers is our top priority.  For everyone’s protection, we’ve modified some spaces and amenities. Here are just a few of the safety measures you’ll see when you visit the Y:

  • Increased sanitization and disinfection.
  • Additional hand-sanitizing stations.
  • Removal of non-essential or difficult-to-clean equipment.
  • Modified program spaces
  • Plexi-glass barriers at Welcome, Membership and Weight Floor desks.
  • Directional signage to control the flow of participants in certain areas of the building.
  • Contactless scan-in stations.
  • Physical distancing measures (including signage, floor markings and some unavailable or rotating equipment) to maintain distance between users.
  • Staff available to assist you

We have instituted additional and more frequent cleaning procedures following the guidance of health authorities. These include:

  • Increased cleaning frequency of high-touch points (eg. door handles, elevator buttons, hand railings, light switches, toilet seats, taps, etc.).
  • Regular and documented sanitization of common area touch-points.
  • Employing hospital-grade disinfectant.
  • Fogger technology, an additional step if an area needs specific attention.
  • Disinfection Kits – to support internal cleaning practices, disinfection kits have been developed and made available to staff at all our facilities.

Here are some things you can do to help:

  • Stay home if you’re not feeling well.
  • Masks are mandatory unless engaging in physical activity
  • Visit Health Canada for evolving information about risk factors (including travel to certain locations) and symptoms.
  • Call your local public health department or family health team for direction if you have symptoms or current risk factors apply to you, or if you have questions.
  • Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face.
  • Practice cough and sneeze etiquette.
  • Always wipe down equipment before and after use.
  • Avoid eating in situations where hand hygiene is more difficult (eg. while working out).
  • Use cashless forms of payment whenever possible. Cash will still be accepted at the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka.
  • Be kind to each other!

Programs & Amenities:

We have plenty of programs and classes available for the whole family. Visit our schedules page to view your local YMCA’s program schedule.

Winter Swim Lessons will commence on February 7, and run until June 18.

Change rooms will be open including lockers and showers, with limited capacity. It is recommended that members come ready to work out and leave non-essential items at home.

  • Collingwood YMCA – Our Adult Only change rooms will reopen on Tuesday, March 1 for Premium members, however, the saunas will not be available at this time.
  • Gravenhurst YMCA – Our Adult Only change rooms, as well as the steam rooms, will reopen on Tuesday, March 1 for Premium members.
  • Innisfil YMCA – Our Adult Only women’s change room will reopen on Tuesday, March 1, however, the men’s change room remains closed while lighting repairs are being completed.  Alternatively, the all-ages male change room or family change room are available.
  • Midland YMCA – Repairs to flooring in the General and Family changerooms will begin in mid-March (more information to come soon). During this time, all members and guests will have access to the Adult Only changerooms. Once repairs have been completed, we will reopen our Adult Only changerooms for premium members.
  • Wasaga Beach YMCA – Our hot tub on the pool deck reopened in January, and our Adult Only change rooms, as well as the saunas, will reopen on Tuesday, March 1 for Premium members.

We will be limiting the number of accessible lockers, washrooms, showers, and change room stalls in order to maintain physical distancing of users in the locker room.

Towels will not be available for members. Users are free to bring their own towels onto the weight floor for use during workouts. Towel rentals will not be available for the time being.  To align with infection prevention measures, the YMCA will not provide equipment such as yoga mats and other small personal equipment.  Members and participants may bring their own towels and equipment for personal use only.

Hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms update:

  • Collingwood YMCA – Our Adult Only change rooms will reopen on Tuesday, March 1 for Premium members, however, the saunas will not be available at this time.
  • Gravenhurst YMCA – Our Adult Only change rooms, as well as the steam rooms, will reopen on Tuesday, March 1 for Premium members.
  • Wasaga Beach YMCA – Our hot tub on the pool deck reopened in January, and our Adult Only change rooms, as well as the saunas, will reopen on Tuesday, March 1 for Premium members.

Water fountains are not available, however, bottle fillers (where possible) are available for personal use. Given the limited quantity of bottle fillers at some of our locations, we encourage all facility users to bring filled water bottles with them.

Membership:

YMCA members can access virtual programming through Y@Home+, including:

    • 100+ live fitness classes per month including Yoga, Arriba, Barre, Bootcamp and more!
    • Hundreds of on-demand fitness videos for all fitness levels whether you’re just starting out or you’re a fitness pro. Plus meditation and mindfulness.
    • Many interactive activities for children and youth.
    • An inclusive and active community from the comfort of your home to motivate you!
    • EatPlantJoy… healthy, nutritious, and stress-free meal planning with Dr. Sarah Lucas, MD.

Y@Home+ is included in membership at the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka. Follow these steps to sign up!

  1. Check your email! Active YMCA Members were sent an email on January 3rd with instructions and a unique discount code that will provide you with free access to Y@Home+. If you are a member and did not receive your code, please contact your local Health, Fitness & Aquatics facility.
  2. Sign up for an account at www.ymcahome.ca/member.
  3. Create your login and enter your unique discount code.

For more information about Y@Home+, visit www.ymcahome.ca/faq.

Please note: To participate in virtual programming your membership fees must be active. You cannot participate in virtual programming while on hold. 

For YMCA membership change requests, such as a hold from 1-6 months, a service cancellation, or a change in category, please click here.

Please note: You must provide at least 14 days written notice (prior to, but not including your next payment date) in order to change, hold, or cancel any YMCA membership.

We understand that, for many, circumstances have changed because of the pandemic. We will be providing a number of options to allow members to continue with their YMCA membership, which include:

  • Membership Hold: You can place your membership on hold for up to 6 months by filling out this form.
  • Membership Cancellation: You can request to cancel your membership by completing this form.
  • Membership Change: If you would like to change your membership (change locations, contact information, category, etc.), please complete this form.

Please refer to the next FAQ for more information about our Financial Assistance Program.

Any individual and/or families that were receiving Financial Assistance prior to the closure in January will continue to have that honoured for the remainder of their membership term.

Individuals and families whose financial circumstances have changed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic will be able to apply for Financial Assistance by either providing proof of income, or if they received/qualified for EI benefits as of April 1, 2021. To apply for Financial Assistance, click here.

As YMCA’s costs to operate have significantly shifted, most fees will remain the same. We plan to add back services as soon as health guidance allows. YMCA membership fees also help support those who are unable to pay the full membership amount, and we anticipate an increase in subsidy requests in the months to follow our re-opening.

This has been a difficult few years for many in our community, including our YMCA. Facility closures as the result of COVID-19 have impacted our organization and our ability to serve communities across Simcoe, Muskoka, and Parry Sound. We need your support so that even in uncertain times, we can build a healthy community for everyone. If you would like to support our efforts, please consider making a donation at www.GiveToTheY.ca.

** All terms are subject to change due to evolving health and safety guidelines from relevant health authorities.

Questions? 

If you have any questions or need support with your membership, please contact your local YMCA Health, Fitness & Aquatics centre – click here for location contact information. We appreciate your patience during this time. Please rest assured that our teams are working hard to answer every inquiry and will respond as soon as possible.

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