AMA YMCA’s Phased Reopening Plan

For the safety of our YMCA members, program participants and staff, we must be very thoughtful and intentional about how we reopen branches. With counsel of medical experts and best practices from other YMCA’s around the country, we are working toward a phased opening of our AMA YMCA branches beginning June 1st. We will be opening our branches in phases, which allows us to prepare our facilities and train staff while helping members get comfortable with new routines.

**In order to comply with the current Tarrant County Executive Order, face coverings are required for members and visitors entering any of our locations. We are also following CDC recommendations in asking that children ages 2 and up wear a face coverings. You do not need to wear a mask while actively working out, swimming, etc. as long as you maintain social distancing. Please click here to view our Health and Safety Plan.”

Phase One (starting June 1st)

Our plan is to open two branches in the first phase to see what works and what we learn. In phase one we’ll open the Cooper and North YMCA Branches. We’ve been very intentional in selecting these for the geographic location and size of the facilities. (Central is still undergoing a renovation and therefore will not be ready for members until our second phase.)

  • The facilities will have limited capacity and we will be screening members as they enter. Please be ready to answer a few questions, have your temperature taken, and use hand sanitizer upon entry.
  • Group Exercise classesClasses will be limited in size and require pre-registration. You will be able to register 3 days in advance of each class. You can register via our website or our mobile App. (Please click here for more information on pre-registration and using our App and Website.)
  • Lap Swimming: The pool will be open for Lap Swimming and Water Walking during limited hours with pre-registration required. You will only be able to pre-register 24 hours in advance of each Lap Swim or Water Walking time slot. (Please click here for more information on pre-registration and using our App and Website.)
  • We have temporarily suspended some amenities including Coffee, Towel Service, Child Watch, Locker Rooms and Showers, as well as Open Gym (for basketball or pickleball).
  • Most of the tables and chairs have been removed to limit gathering.
  • We will not be offering our Active Older Adult classes or activities until a later date.
  • All of our staff will be wearing face masks throughout the branches. Please know that we are smiling under our masks and happy to see you!

Phase Two (starting June 15th)

We are planning to reopen our newly refreshed Central YMCA (on Wednesday, June 17th) as part of this phase. There will also be additional amenities available.

  • We will maintain most of the safety measures above including member screenings, limited Group Exercise classes with pre-registration, and are limiting gatherings.
  • Locker Rooms will be available at our 3 locations, please help us stay safe by maintaining 6 feet between other members in all areas of the locker room.
  • Child Watch will be available starting in this phase. We will have limited capacity at each location and our staff will be doing increased disinfecting throughout the day. Please do not send any toys or other items from home, except diaper bags/bottles. We will also be limiting time in Child Watch to just one hour, to allow more families to have access.
  • Open Gym (for basketball or pickleball) will be available at the Cooper and North YMCAs, with pre-registration required. We will be allowing families from the same household to utilize one side of the gymnasium. (Please click here for more information on pre-registration and using our App and Website.)
  • Some Senior classes will be returning, but pre-registration is required in order to limit the number of members in each class. (Please click here for more information on pre-registration and using our App and Website.)

Phase Three (starting July 6th)

Due to the current cases of Covid in our community, we have slowed down our reopening plans and moved some of the programs we were planning to return on July 6th into Phase 4, which will begin on August 3rd. In this phase we will be bringing back Swim Lessons and Family Swim at our Central outdoor pool.

  • Swim Lessons will begin and we will be starting at the Central YMCA’s outdoor pool. This location allows for enhanced social distancing for families and participants. (Please click here to register.)
  • Enrichment classes for children and adults will resume. Some of these classes will be offered virtually.
  • Many of our current restrictions will remain in place including no coffee or towel service, no gathering at tables, no newspapers, etc.
  • Child Watch hours have been adjusted, based on usage during Phase Two. Up-to-date hours for the branch and Child Watch can be found below.

Phase Four (starting August 3rd)

In this phase, we anticipate bringing back Parent’s Night Out and some of our branch amenities. This may change, depending on any local or state restrictions. As we have more information about programs and services that will be available, this section will be updated. (last update 6/30/2020)

  • Parent’s Night Out returns! We know that families are in need of a safe place for their children during this time. Things will look different as we have limited capacity and are asking families to pre-register each week. Registration opens at 1pm on Sunday, August 2nd for our first Parent’s Night Out on Saturday, August 8th. (Link will be posted here soon!)

Modified Facility Hours

Monday – Friday: 6:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Child Watch Hours (starting July 6th)

Cooper Street YMCA

Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Monday – Thursday: 5:00pm – 7:45pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Central YMCA and North YMCA

Monday – Thursday: 9:00am – 12:00pm and 5:00pm – 7:45pm
Friday – Sunday: Closed

What should I bring?

  • Please bring a face mask, water bottle, and towel.
  • All members and visitors 2 years old and up are asked to wear a face mask whenever possible, especially in common areas where other members are present. Please click here for more details on our Health and Safety Plan.

What should I expect?

As we reopen our facilities, we are keeping the health and safety of our members and staff at the forefront. Therefore, we’ve made adjustments to our facilities and to our guidelines for use. The information below is subject to change at anytime as new information and resources become available.

  • All members and staff entering the building will have their temperature screened prior to entering the Y.
  • Social distancing, a minimum of 6 feet, is required.
  • A limited number of participants will be allowed in the facility and areas of the building and some equipment will be unavailable for use.
  • Group exercise classes will be limited in number and size so we will continue to offer virtual options at this time. (Please see links above to register 3 days in advance of each class.)
  • Water fountains and towels will not be available at this time so please bring your own.
  • Our staff will be rotating throughout the building to disinfect all areas.

How can I help?

We need your help in keeping everyone healthy at the YMCA!

  • Please wear a mask at all time when not working out and maintaining social distance, to help us comply with the Tarrant County Executive Order.
  • Please be sure to maintain social distancing throughout the building.
  • Please wipe down all equipment before and after use including treadmills, free weights, and anything else that you touch.
  • There will be blue bins located in the facility to put any equipment or attachments that are used. We will disinfect those items.
  • Please be flexible during this difficult time as we are learning everyday and will adjust what we are doing as we learn more about what is best to keep our staff and members safe.

Have any additional questions? Please contact one of our membership directors below:

Via Email: 
Cooper YMCA Branch: Cheyenne Bailey
Central YMCA Branch: Heidi Arkema
North YMCA Branch: Anna Wiskirchen

Via Phone: M-F, 8am-4pm
Cooper YMCA Branch: 817-419-9629
Central YMCA Branch: 817-274-9622
North YMCA Branch: 817-548-9622

We can’t thank you enough for your support. Our plan is always evolving based on input from the CDC, Tarrant County Department of Health, and State of Texas. As we have additional updates, will publish them here when we can.

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