Now that we have reopened our doors, please be assured that your safety - and the safety of all our members, program participants, staff and volunteers - is our number one priority. We’re following guidelines from health experts and local officials to ensure that our facilities meet the highest standards for hygiene and safety, and we have modified our policies and programs to facilitate safe physical/social distancing practices.
We invite you to join us! We’re here to help you focus on what matters most: your health, your family and friends, and your community. We hope you will join us in whatever manner you are most comfortable – whether virtually thought the platfroms listed below or in person.
Stage-In Activity List | What Can I Do When I Visit?
Specific Departmental Restrictions
- Lap lanes will be restricted to one swimmer per lane, with a limit of 30 minutes per swimmer during peak times (exception of family/household members can share a lane)
- Some lanes will be available for reservation up to 24hrs in advance via the MindBody: Home Workout & Fitness App. Download the app in the Play Store or via the Apple Store. Search for the Valparaiso Family YMCA and "favorite" our location.
- Reservations will only be held 5 minutes past start time. Other lanes will be distributed on a first-come, first served basis.
- For specific questions about Aquatics, please reach out to our Aquatics Director: Samantha Howes at email@example.com or via 219-462-4185 x247
- ChildWatch spots will be limited to less than 40 children at a time, the two hour time limit will still apply
- ChildWatch spots can be reserved in advance, up to a week ahead of time, via phone or online by accessing "My Account" at www.valpoymca.org
- Registration is encouraged to ensure availability, all others will be allowed in on a first come, first served basis
- For specific questions about ChildWatch, please reach out to our ChildWatch Supervisor: firstname.lastname@example.org or via 219-462-4185 x238
- No organized group sports or games will take place, this includes one-on-one activities (exception of family/household members can participate together)
- For more details about the Gyms or Recreation Programs, please reach out to our Recreation Director: James Hinson at email@example.com or via 219-462-4185
OPEN STUDIO TIME
- Studios C/D/E will be available for individual use during all open hours through June 14th in the absence of Group Exercise Classes. Studio AB will remain closed
- Studio D will specifically be designated for Free Weight flow-over space during Stage 3 while the spin bikes are located on the track. Barbell, kettlebell, and dumbbell workouts
- Studio E will specifically be designated for Mind & Body exercise such as yoga, pilates, Barre.
- Each studio will have capacity limits that need to be adhered to posted outside the door
- Members will social distance from one another and will sanitize all equipment before and after use
- For more deatils about Open Studio Time and Group Exercise, please reach out to our Wellness Programs Coordinator: Carrie Koch at firstname.lastname@example.org or via 219-462-4185 x249
- Will be closed from traditional use during Stage 3
- Spin Bikes will be placed around the track, at socially distanced locations for use
- Members will social distance from one another and will sanitize all equipment before and after use
- Equipment will be spaced to encourage social distancing and some equipment may be unavailable to keep proper distance
- Members will social distance from one another and will santizie all equipment before and after use
- For more details about the Wellness Center, please reach out to our Wellness Coordinator: Lisa Petre at email@example.com or via 219-462-4185 x260
Safe Visit Checklist | Know Before You Come
As we welcome the community back to the Y, we want to assure you that safety remains our top priority. We have taken all necessary steps to ensure the safety of our members, program participants, volunteers and staff. This means things will look and feel a little different. When you come back to the Y, this is what you can expect:
- All staff will be screened before coming to work and will be required to wear masks at all times. This process is not required for members.
- Members are not required to wear masks, however, it is encouraged for members to consider wearing masks when not actively exercising and entering/exiting the building.
- Members should not visit when they are sick or displaying any symptoms of contagious illness.
- Valparaiso Family YMCA Members only will be allowed in the facility during Stages 3 & 4. State-wide reciprocity, Buddy Passes, and Guest Passes are suspended at this time.
- Be sure to bring a re-usable water bottle - our water fountains will be closed in most stages in accordance with state guidelines. Water bottle filling stations will remain open with sanitization.
- Limit the number of items you bring in with you to reduce potential cross contamination. Be prepared to sanitize lockers before and after use, if you need to bring items.
- Be aware that certain facilities/equipment may be re-organized or closed to promote social distancing. Be sure to see our "Stage-In Activity List" to plan your visit accordingly.
- All members will be required to sanitize equipment after use. Our staff will also be enhancing all cleaning routines to wipe down touch points frequently throughout the day.
- All members and staff will need to practice social distacing whenever possible, please keep 6 ft of distance from others around you.
- If you plan to use Child Watch during your visit, we reccommend reserving your space ahead of time to ensure availability as spots will be limited to encourage social distancing. Unreserved spots will be given out on a first come, first served basis.
Virtual Membership Offerings
Taking care of our health is more important now than ever before. We’re here to help you stay active and healthy and improve your well-being in spirit, mind and body, whether in person in our clean, sanitary facilities, or through our virtual programs. No matter what your age, interests or abilities, we can help you meet your personal health goals – safely. Learn more about our upcoming health and wellness offerings:
On-Demand, Pre-Recorded Exercise Classes: Click HERE to watch on-demand YouTube classes at any time - whenever is convenient for you!
LIVE Virtual Exercise Classes: Be sure to visit our Facebook page to see our schedule of LIVE virtual classes that are hosted via Zoom under our "Events" section. Find our Facebook page HERE.
FAQs | Frequently Asked Questions
1. What measures is the Y taking to protect the safety & health of members, staff, and volunteers?
As we welcome the community back to the Y, we want to assure you that safety remains our top priority. We have taken all the necessary steps to ensure the safety of our members, program participants, volunteers and staff. We are aligning ourselves closely with Governor Holcomb's "Back on Track" Indiana Plan guidance. This means things will look and feel a little different as you return. When you come back to the Y, here are some of the things you can expect:
- All staff will be required to complete a health screening and temperature check daily. In addition, all staff are required to wear a face mask at all times while working.
- All children in Child Watch, Child Care, Summer Camp and other care programs will be required to have a temperature check daily before entering care.
- All members who are currently sick, or have been ill in the last 72 hours will refrain from visiting the Y.
- Sanitization stations will be available throughout the building for easy access and usage.
- Hand towels will be replaced with disposable, disinfectant Gym Wipes. All members are required to wipe down equipment after use.
- Facilities/Programs will remain closed, be re-arranged, or staggered to encourage social distancing. Be sure to see our "Stage-In Activity List" for details about each area.
- Increased cleaning will take place throughout the building, multiple times daily, including overnight cleaning.
- Increased ventilation throughout the building to reduce stagnant air
- Sneeze guards and social distancing markers for all close proximity customer service interactions
2. What restrictions should I know about before visiting the Y?
Ensuring the health and safety of our Y community is everyone’s responsibility and we’ve made adjustments within our facility and to our guidelines for use. We are asking all members and program participants to follow these updated policies and restrictions. Please be sure to check out our "Safe Visit Checklist, Know Before You Come" section above to ensure you have a successful visit to the Y.
3. What Membership Options are available to me? I'm not comfortable coming back yet/I have a financial hardship/I am in a Vulnerable Population/I have another concern...
We invite you to join us in whatever manner you are most comfortable – whether virtually through our Virtual Membership Offerings or at our facility when we reopen. We’re here to help you focus on what matters most: your health, your family and friends, and your community. However, we also understand that you may not be comfortable coming back right away or may have a financial hardship. We are here to help you, please reach out to us so we can guide you.
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- CALL US: 219-462-4185 x244
4. Is my favorite Program/Class/Activity available to me when you re-open?
We’re following guidelines from health experts and local officials to ensure that our facilities meet the highest standards for hygiene and safety, and we have modified our policies and programs to facilitate safe social distancing practices. This may mean that your go-to routine may not be available or may have restrictions in some way. Please visit our "Stage-In Activity List, What Can I Do When I Visit" section above to learn more about what is available at what time period.
5. Can I bring a guest, buddy, my friend who is a member at another area YMCA?
During Stages 3 & 4, we are restricting access to the facility to Valparaiso Family YMCA members only as we work to adhere to social distancing guidlines and a reduced capcity within the facility. Once the Governor opens our state to Stage 5, we will resume these visitation activities.
6. How can I continue to help my Y community during this time of need?
We ask that you please follow all CDC recommended actions regarding keeping our entire community healthy. Further, you can join us as a Virtual Volunteer in our Kindness Campaign to make small differences that have big impact in our community, please visit our KINDNESS CAMPAIGN page for more details. Finally, if you would like to donate to further support the Y and delivering our mission, please visit our DONATE page.
What Can I Do to Help?
As recently stated by our United States Surgeon General, "Social distancing does not have to mean social disengagement". Though we may not be able to physically stay connected at this time, there are still important and impactful ways to contribute!
- BECOME A VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER: By Participating in our social media "Kindness Campaign" as a virtual volunteer, you have the chance to activate your social responsibility (with proper social distancing, of course!) by helping our neighbors receive the support they need to feel healthy, connected and secure. Plus, contributing your time and talents for the good of others can enhance your own well-being! Sign-up or learn more our Kindness Campaign program HERE.
- DONATE: Before this crisis, 2 out of 5 households in the Valparaiso area were just one paycheck away from financial hardship or living under the poverty line. Financial assistance at the Y has been and will continue to be available to help our neighbors in need upon our re-open. Please considering giving today to help our community enjoy a stronger tomorrow! DONATE NOW.
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