Reopening Guidelines - YMCA of Southwestern Indiana

Reopening Guidelines

We are excited to have reopened our facilities. We plan to follow all local, state, and federal regulations and guidelines to operate our facilities in the safest way possible as that information becomes available and/or changes. To keep our members and staff safe and protected while using our facilities, you can expect the following special guidelines.

YMCA Changes In Effect

Facility Access

  • If you or anyone in your household has been asked to quarantine by any entity (employer, school, Health Department, etc) or are feeling sick, we ask that you stay home and not visit our buildings or attend programs until quarantine has been lifted AND you are symptom free for 24 hours. If you have had a fever, we ask you to refrain from coming into the Y or working in a program until fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever – reducing medications and improvement in symptoms.
  • Staff will take temperatures at the front door with an infrared, non-contact thermometer. Anyone (members, staff, or program participants) with a temperature > 99.8º will not be permitted to enter.
  • Per Indiana Executive Order, members and program participants (8+ years old) will be required to wear a face mask. Please bring your own mask and although you may remove your mask while actively exercising, we kindly ask that you wear your mask at all other times in our buildings including within common areas like hallways, lobbies, locker rooms, etc.
  • Nationwide membership access and Member Guest passes are being accepted. Paid Day passes are also available for purchase but with a daily limit based on facility capacity.
  • Members should have their YMCA scan card ready.
  • 6ft social distancing should be maintained throughout the building.
  • Both facilities will be open 5AM – 9PM M-Th, 5AM – 8PM Fri, 6AM – 6PM Sat, and 12PM – 6PM Sun.
  • Additional signage will be placed throughout the building to encourage social distancing, hand-washing, and cleanliness.

Locker Rooms

  • We encourage you to come ready in your workout clothes.
  • Please bring your own lock, try to use every fourth locker and try to position yourself relative to others for social distancing.
  • Towel service will not be available. We encourage you to bring your own towel.
  • Wash your hands often and before exiting the locker rooms.
  • Saunas will not be available.

Wellness Center

  • Do your part, stay 6ft apart, and keep a machine in between.
  • Members should wipe down machines before and after use with cleaning spray (which will be given to you upon entering) and paper towels. Staff will conduct additional cleaning of equipment throughout the day.
  • Use hand sanitizing stations and/or wash your hands before & after use.


  • Pools are open for lap swimming and water walking for individuals 14+ years old. Limited to 2 people per lane. Click here for pool schedules >>
  • Lap lanes or walking lanes can be reserved in one hour intervals for 55 minutes of activity (lap swimming, water walking, etc) during designated times on the pool schedule. We accept reservations 72 hours in advance of preferred swim time. Walk-ins are welcome, however reservations will take priority. Reservations are accepted via our new mobile app. Click here to download and make a reservation >>
  • Open Swim is available during designated times in our pools. Click here for pool schedules >>
  • Equipment such as kickboards, fins, etc will be available for use. These will have a specific return bin and will be sanitized each hour.
  • Paddleboard, Hydrorider classes will be available. However, we ask that participants do not arrive earlier than the necessary setup time to limit the number of people on deck. Click here for pool schedules >>
  • Water fitness classes have resumed in the pool for members only (no guests). Registration is required and available online or by calling or stopping by the front desk at either location.
  • Towel service will not be available. We encourage you to bring your own towel.

Group Exercise

  • Group exercise studios/areas and their respective equipment have been spaced to maintain 6ft social distance for staff and participants.
  • We have class capacities to ensure 6 ft social distancing. Classes include (but are not limited to) our Les Mills series of classes, Active Older Adult classes like SilverSneakers and specialty classes like Hot Yoga. Click here to view Ascension St Vincent YMCA Schedule. Click here to view Dunigan Family YMCA Schedule.
  • Class equipment (such as steppers, weights, etc) will be cleaned before and after each class.
  • We will not be providing equipment such as mats, towels, hand wraps, or boxing gloves at this time.
  • There will be NO Aerial Yoga at this time.

Youth Services

  • Child Watch is open for children 6wks – 6 years old…Hours will be as follows:
    • Dunigan Family YMCA – M-FRI 8am – 1pm/M-TH 3:30 – 7:00pm/SAT 8am – 12pm/SUN 2 – 6pm
  • Youth Activity Center hours are:
    • Ascension St Vincent YMCA – M-TH 3:30 – 7:30 pm/SAT 7 –  11 am (When school is out YDC hours are the same as Child Watch)
    • Dunigan Family YMCA – M-TH 3:30 – 7:00pm/SAT 8am –  12pm/SUN 2 – 6pm

Additional Protocols based on the Governor’s Color-Coded Countywide system

ORANGE – gatherings limited to 50 people

  • Arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before the start of a youth program or 15 minutes before a class that requires equipment setup and wait to enter the area until directed by staff. Once the program has ended, please exit in a timely manner through designated exit to allow the next group to enter.
  • Hand sanitizer must be used by any participant, guest or staff upon entering program areas.
  • Only 1 parent/guardian will be allowed at youth sports games and practice until further notice.

RED – gatherings limited to 25 people

  • Youth sports leagues will be cancelled/postponed. Additional communication will be sent to program participants.
  • We have group exercise class capacities to ensure at least 6 ft social distancing so class capacities are based on room size. When RED, further capacity restrictions may occur and no group exercise class will have more than 25 people (including instructor staff) regardless of room size or space available.

Services That Are NOT Available at this Time

  • Coffee service is not available.
  • Saunas are not available at this time.
  • The outdoor Splash Pad at the Dunigan Family YMCA is not available.
  • The outdoor playground at the Dunigan Family YMCA is not available.
  • Towel service is not available. We encourage you to bring your own towel.
  • There will be NO Aerial Yoga at this time.

A Clean Environment

  • Staff are required to wear PPE like face masks in common areas, while interacting with members/participants, and while cleaning/disinfecting surfaces and areas.
  • Additional barriers like sneeze guards have been installed at the membership and wellness desks.
  • Contact with surfaces have been limited as much as possible including members scanning their own YMCA cards and ongoing sanitation of shared/community materials like pens and clipboards.
  • Shared surfaces such as door handles, countertops, phones, computer keyboards, and touchscreens are cleaned throughout the day.
  • Machines and equipment are cleaned before and after use. Members are given their own bottle of cleaner at the wellness desk when they enter the Wellness area. Equipment will also be sanitized by staff throughout the day.
  • Our facilities are thoroughly cleaned with electrostatic foggers each evening, and additional areas of the building are fogged throughout the day depending on programming and activity.


We will continue to review these guidelines regularly and communicate through email, our website, and social media to meet federal, state, and local guidance.

Updated: January 8, 2021