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WELCOME BACK!

We can’t wait to see you again! We’re thrilled to share the New Canaan YMCA is currently open!

Temporary Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 6:30am-8:00pm
Saturday-Sunday: 7:30am-3:00pm

The safety of our members and staff is our top priority. We are following State and CDC guidelines to maintain a healthier environment for all. We will continue to reopen our Y in phases and will be ready to adapt quickly as guidelines evolve in an effort to provide you with a meaningful, supportive, and safer Y experience.

WHAT IS NOW OPEN
Our current phase of reopening includes activities and areas where we, with your help, can observe social distancing guidelines.

  • Wellness Center: Current F.I.T. pass holders may work out on their own between 12:45-2:45pm or with a parent at any time. Reservations are required and can only be made by calling our Front Desk at 203-966-4528. Reservations are limited to two F.I.T. pass holders per time slot.
  • The Zone
  • Modified Group Exercise Schedule: *Classes will temporarily be held in the gymnasium where there is more space to spread out.
  • Forese Family Pool (Lap & Therapy Swimming)
  • Forese Family Pool (Family Swim)
  • Valles Pool (Competitive Teams, Aquatic Fitness Classes & Lap Swim)
  • Small Group & Personal Training*
  • KidZone (child-only and parent-child Bouncing Bears classes)
  • Rainbow Station Childcare
  • Adapted youth and adult programs are currently in progress. Click here to view the fall program brochure.

*Take advantage of our special Welcome Back Personal Training Package, including three personal training sessions available to New Canaan YMCA members at a special price of $165. Limit: one package per member. Fill out our pre-activity screening questionnaire and return to Eva Saint, Wellness Director, by email.

WHAT TO EXPECT & WHAT TO BRING
Using guidelines from the State and CDC, we have modified some of our procedures to increase cleanliness and social distancing throughout the facility. This requires a team effort among both members and staff to maintain a healthy environment for all.

Face Mask Policy Update

  • A face mask or covering is required at all times throughout the facility. Masks may only be removed when using cardio equipment* or when in a designated class pod during a group exercise class.

Facility and Class Reservations

  • Per State guidelines, our building capacity has been reduced during our first phase of reopening. In order to maintain attendance, prevent wait times, and to help you plan accordingly, we have launched a temporary advance registration system for all classes and all areas of the Y, including individual fitness areas such as the Wellness Center, the Zone, and pool lanes.  Click here to access our reservation system.

Safety and Cleanliness

  • Increased facility cleaning by our professional cleaning staff and Y staff
  • Additional disinfectant supplies throughout the facility
  • Staff trained in updated cleaning protocols
  • As an additional precaution, high-touch surfaces and equipment in our facility have been treated with MicroShield 360, an FDA-approved antimicrobial coating system which has been proven to constantly reduce germs by greater than 99% on treated surfaces even after routine cleaning.
  • Staff have their temperature taken each day and wear masks for your protection and their own. Though we may be wearing masks when we see you again, we’ll be smiling behind those masks as we welcome you back!
  • Sneeze shields have been placed throughout the facility.
  • Group exercise equipment is laid out in advance. Disinfecting of equipment occurs before and after a class.
  • Mats (exercise or yoga) and yoga accessories (blocks, blankets, bolsters, etc.) are not available at this time. We encourage members to bring their own mat for use at the Y.
  • Please bring your own towel and water bottle. All water fountains have been temporarily shut off.

Social Distancing

  • Markers have been placed indicating one-way hallways as well as floor markers to help encourage social distancing throughout the facility and within class spaces. We are still here to support and motivate each other, just from a little bit farther away for a while.
  • Some machines and equipment in the Wellness Center are temporarily closed to allow for adequate social distancing.
  • Locker rooms are closed during our first phase. Lap swimmers should arrive ready to enter the pool and should bring their own equipment.  Swimmers are allowed to change in the Dionne Locker Room upon leaving the Y.  Lanes will be limited to one swimmer.
  • Guest passes have been temporarily suspended.

What We’re Asking of You

  • While we love to see you, please stay home if you or someone in your household is feeling sick.
  • Upon returning to the Y, you will need to sign a new waiver.  You can view, print, and sign the waiver at home by clicking here.  You may also sign the waiver at the Y.
  • Sanitize your hands as you enter and leave each area of the Y.
  • Wipe down all equipment before and after each use with the provided disinfectant supplies.
  • Respect one-way routes and social distancing protocols.
  • A face mask or covering is required at all times throughout the facility. Masks may only be removed when using cardio equipment* or when in a designated class pod during a group exercise class.
  • Per the current Connecticut travel advisory, anyone traveling into Connecticut from a designated impacted state is directed to self-quarantine for 14 days.  We ask that our members please adhere to this advisory and wait 14 days after visiting one of the impacted states before visiting our Y.  Per the advisory, self-quarantine is not necessary if an individual has had a negative viral test result (not anti-body) in the 72 hours prior to entering Connecticut.  The current list of impacted states can be found at www.portal.ct.gov.

*Wellness Center/Zone Face Mask Policy Update (9/10/20)

After receiving member feedback, as we approach cold/flu season, and in support of our dedication to maintaining a healthy and comfortable environment for all, we have slightly updated our mask policy as follows: Effective immediately, a face mask or covering is required at all times in the Wellness Center or Zone, except while using cardio equipment.   

We would like to thank all of our members for their understanding, compassion, and compliance with our COVID-19 protocols as we carefully and responsibly progress through the reopening of our facility.

VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING: Y@home
We are continuing and enhancing our Y@home virtual programming with live streaming of classes, on-demand classes, new virtual senior programs, and more!

Y@home can be accessed from the Y’s mobile app or online at www.newcanaanymca.org/y-at-home

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
If you have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, please know that we are here for you. Financial assistance is made available by our generous donors ensuring no individual or family is ever turned away from becoming healthier and happier at the Y. To apply for financial assistance, visit www.newcanaanymca.org/financial-assistance

MEMBERSHIP QUESTIONS
For questions about your membership, please visit www.newcanaanymca.org/membership-changes