Covid-19 Guidelines at the Y

Revised November 23, 2020

  • Rathbun Lake Area YMCA Members permitted; Nationwide Reciprocity will be allowed; guest passes allowed with current Y member only
  • Age 14+ permitted
  • Age 13 and younger permitted with adult’s direct supervision
  • Members will verify that they have not been exposed to COVID-19 nor have shown symptoms in the last 14 days
  • Face masks or coverings are REQUIRED in all areas of the facility with the exception of in the swimming pool or sauna or during intense physical exertion; “all areas” includes the hallways, locker rooms, gym, cardio room, classroom, pool deck and entry way.
  • Social Distancing MUST be followed with members who are not from the same household and staff throughout the facility
  • Water refill stations are available; no drinking fountain usage
  • No hot tub use at this time
  • Sauna is open when the pool is open; closed when pool is closed for disinfecting
  • No towel service
  • Pool is open for lap swimming and water exercise by reservation
  • Face masks required for patrons on pool deck
  • Swim lessons are socially distanced with instructors on deck
  • Locker rooms will be open according to schedule with limited capacity and social distancing; closure for periodic disinfecting
  • No locker rental at this time
  • Follow equipment usage signs; every other cardio or circuit machine will be used
  • All equipment (machines, weights, benches, etc) must be wiped with disinfectant wipes before and after use
  • No basketball checkouts – please bring own basketballs
  • Occupancy restricted by room – signs are posted
  • Group exercise implemented with with class size limits and social distancing
  • No items to be left at front desk
  • Business offices closed to non-staff
  • Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday 5:00am – 6:00pm, Friday 5:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday 9:00am – 12:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Check for updates and changes of hours of operation on Facebook and our website
   In addition to these guidelines for our members, our staff will follow a number of procedures to ensure their safety, as well as yours. We will continue to follow our enhanced disinfecting procedures, which include increased frequency of disinfecting, particularly to high-touch surfaces and areas. 

Detailed Guidelines for Area of the Y


  • Please follow social distancing signs, instructions and markings
  • COVID-19 waiver must be signed for every person
  • Face masks required
  • Sanitize hands upon entry
  •  Scan in at front desk (provide name to staff if you do not have scan card)
  • Check out at front desk when exiting the building


  • Occupancy Limit 10
  • Machines will be restricted to every other machine. Members are required to keep maintain a minimum of 6 feet between themselves and another – follow signage. 
  • Disinfect equipment before and after use.
  • Free weights area – members are to maintain social distancing. Disinfect equipment and bench before and after use.


  • Occupancy limit 10
  • Members must bring own basketballs
  • No pickup games allowed; no contact allowed
  • Limit of 2 people per basket



  • Occupancy Limit 6
  • Yoga mats will not be provided; please bring own mats
  • Please disinfect equipment before and after use
  • On Demand workouts available 


  • Lap Swimming and water exercise by reservation; family/group swim by reservation
  • Patrons on deck must wear face masks; masks may be removed when in the pool or sauna
  • Swim Lessons will have social distancing
  • Water Aerobics – class limit 10
  • Bring own towels
  • Belongings may be hung on hooks 
  • Social distancing must be maintained


  • Occupancy limit 10
  • Lockers may be used to store items during visit, but must be taken upon leaving – no rentals at this time
  • Locker rooms will be closed and disinfected according to schedule
  • Due to size and nature of locker rooms, we require the wearing of masks, social distancing and time in locker rooms be as brief as possible