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Staying Safe Together

Your health and safety is our number one priority, which is why we have put a number of safety measures in place.

What We’re Doing to Keep You Safe

  • One-way traffic flow throughout the facility
  • Safety Breaks (reserved blocks of time) will occur twice a day to allow for disinfection.
  • Mandating mask use (both for staff and members) in all common areas, except when you are actively engaging in physical activity
  • Staff will conduct regular and frequent disinfection of high-touch surfaces, equipment and common areas within their designated work areas of the facility.
  • Y staff to ensure all Y equipment will be cleaned both before and after each use (treadmills, weights, etc.)
  • Y staff will be stationed throughout the facility to assist with disinfecting equipment and to answer questions regarding new practices.
  • An increased number of cleaning stations and hand sanitizing stations.
  • Equipment layout has been adjusted to maintain at least 2m (6’) of distance between participants.
  • High-touch equipment has closed/restricted access (i.e. functional fitness pieces).
  • Group classes are by pre-booked appointment
  • Participants’ workout spaces are designated via physically-distanced floor markings.
  • Group class schedules are adjusted to allow for cleaning between classes.
  • Y staff will place and set up any equipment that’s needed for classes/programs in order to adhere to the proper physical distancing and disinfecting processes.
  • Y staff will collect and disinfect any equipment that was used after each class/program.

How You Can Help Us Maintain a Safe Space

  • Only come if you’re feeling well
  • Wear your non-medical mask in all common areas, except when you are actively engaging in physical activity
  • Self-scan your membership card
  • Wash/sanitize your hands upon entry to the branch
  • Wash/sanitize your hands before and after working out
  • Disinfect equipment before and after each use
  • Maintain physical distancing (2m or 6‘) from other people
  • Follow directional one-way traffic flows

 Aquatic Safety Guidelines

  • How many swimmers will there be in each class?

    To allow for proper physical-distancing and to follow capacity restrictions, each swim class will have a reduced number of participants for Fall programs with one instructor per class.

  • Will swim instructors/lifeguards be wearing masks?

    Masks must be worn by all persons while attending YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg branches and programs, including all Y staff.  Swim Instructors will wear face shields in the water.

  • Can I stay and watch my child(s) swim lesson?

    No. Due to Provincial capacity restrictions and social distancing requirements there will be no viewing areas available. A parent or guardian is asked to bring their child(ren) who don't require assistance in getting changed into the branch to check them in with our Aquatic Attendant who will then escort them onto the pool deck. For the younger children who require assistance in the changeroom, a parent/guardian is required to help the child(ren) change into a swimsuit before checking them in with the Aquatic Attendant. Once your child(ren) is checked in, you must exit the branch unless you are participating in a class or working out in the fitness area.

    Once the class is over one parent/guardian will be allowed to collect the child and assist them in the changeroom.

    It is IMPERATIVE that the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg have the current contact information for all participants should we be required to call the parent/guardian. 

  • How will physical distancing work in the pool?

    The Y Aquatic team have built the Fall swim program around physical distancing requirements and you may notice some changes in the pool layout when you arrive. Cones and ropes will be utilized to section off the pool for each class.  Instructors will inform swim groups at the beginning of their lesson of their assigned pool area.

  • How will instructors provide hands-on swim lessons with restrictions in place?

    Swim Instructors will be wearing face shields in the water and will maintain physical distancing requirements with only brief interactions during class. A brief interaction is defined as contact for less than 10 minutes of time being less than 2 metres apart.

  • Is my child(ren) required to wear a mask?

    Effective September 2, 2020, masks must be worn by all persons while attending YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg branches and programs, unless they are actively engaging in physical activity. This applies to all visitors and participants in our branches and programs except children under the age of 5 years. Masks are not required for participants while they are in the pool or on the pool deck.

    You should bring your own mask with you when you come to the YMCA-YWCA. We will have disposable, non-medical masks available for purchase ($1 per mask) for a limited time.

    If you have a condition that prevents you from wearing a mask, please speak to a member of our staff team.

  • I don't know what swim level to register for.

    We can help with that! Use our Find Your Swim Level tool - complete the questionnaire and your answers will guide you to the appropriate level to register your swimmer in.

  • Will there be equipment available to use for Aquafit classes?

    In short, yes! However, equipment is not to be shared between participants or between participant and instructor. Equipment use will be restricted to 20-minute use within a class (5 minutes from beginning, 5 minutes from end of class), unless it is a piece of equipment that remains submerged for the duration of the class (ie: aqua step or tot dock) and will be sanitized between classes.

  • Will the locker rooms be accessible?

    Yes. A limited number of lockers will be available for members to use.  We are encouraging parents/guardians of the swim program take their child's belongings with them when they leave the building during swim lessons.

 Fitness Safety Guidelines

 
  • Are program participants required to wear a mask?

    Effective September 2, 2020, masks must be worn by all persons while attending YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg branches and programs, unless they are actively engaging in physical activity. This applies to all visitors and participants in our branches and programs except children under the age of 5 years. Masks are not required for participants while they are actively engaging in physical activity; however, guardians who accompany preschool-age children to classes must wear a mask at all times.

    You should bring your own mask with you when you come to the YMCA-YWCA. We will have disposable, non-medical masks available for purchase ($1 per mask) for a limited time.

    If you have a condition that prevents you from wearing a mask, please speak to a member of our staff team.

  • What should I do with my mask while actively engaging in physical activity?

    Please store your mask in your gym bag, other storage pouch or pocket. Do not place your mask on fitness equipment, the floor or on common spaces (e.g. fitness desk or windowsill). If you don’t have a means of storage, we will have, for a limited time, small plastic bags available at the membership desk.

  • How many participants will be in each program activity?

    To allow for proper physical-distancing and to follow Provincial capacity restrictions, each program activity will have a reduced number of participants for Fall programs with one instructor per class.

  • Can I stay and watch my child(s) activities?

    No. Due to Provincial capacity restrictions and physical distancing requirements there will be no viewing areas available.  A Parent or guardian is asked to bring their child(ren) into the branch to check them in with our program staff. Once your child(ren) is checked in, the parent or guardian must exit the branch unless they are participating in a class or working out in the fitness area.

    Parents must stay and wear masks for preschool programs. This is to reduce points of contact between the instructor and children in the class.

    It is IMPERATIVE that the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg have the current contact information for all participants should we be required to call the parent/guardian. 

  • Will the locker rooms be accessible?

    A limited number of lockers and locker rooms are open in the branch however we are asking that participates come ready for class. Designated spaces will be set up in the program activity area for participants to keep their belongings so a locker will not be required.

  • Are the water fountains open? Washrooms available?

    Our washrooms and water bottle refill stations are open but the water fountains remain closed. Participants are asked to bring an individual water bottle.

  • What are the Gymnastics guidelines?

    In addition to the overall Fitness Program Guidelines, please note the following for the Gymnastics programs.

    • Parent participation will be required for pre-school (3-5 yrs) participants
    • Modified 8 week session of the Up Down All Around lesson plan
    • Hands free coaching (no spotting)
    • Participants will have assigned props and aids to use for the duration of the class and a designated space to place them when not in use
    • Training aids and/or props that cannot be disinfected easily (ie: scarves, parachute) will not be used.
    • Y staff will be responsible for the set up, distribution and disinfecting of equipment
    • No end of session performance
  • What are the Dance/Creative Movement guidelines?

    In addition to the overall Fitness Program Guidelines, please note the following for Dance and Creative Movement programs.

    • Parent participation is required for preschool participants (3-5 yrs)
    • Training areas will be identified using tape and/or cones when possible
    • All corrections and choreography given will be contactless
    • Participants will be assigned their own props or equipment and will be given a designated space to place them when not in use
    • Y staff will be responsible for distribution, set up and sanitizing of all equipment
    • No end of session performance
  • What are the Tae Kwon Do/Karate guidelines?

    In addition to the overall Fitness Program Guidelines, please note the following for Tae Kwon Do and Karate programs.

    • Skills and activities will not break 2 metre or 6 feet distance for greater than 10 minutes
    • No physical contact including target holding and partner drills will break 2 metres or 6 feet of physical distance for longer than 10 mins.
    • Training areas will be identified using tape or cones when possible to provide a visual border
    • Greetings, exercises and training drills will be modified to comply with physical distancing
    • Y Staff will be responsible for the set up and distribution of equipment and training aids
    • No end of session tournaments
  • What are the Basketball guidelines?

    In addition to the overall Fitness Program Guidelines, please note the following for the Basketball program.

    • Lesson plans will follow a modified 8 week session of James Naismith
    • Warm up and skill progressions will be completed on assigned spots when possible
    • Drills and activities will not break 2 metre distance for greater than 10 minutes.
    • Partner passing drills will be limited to reduce the amount of contact points in a class. Ie when possible use the wall
    • Passing drills will be completed with the same partner for the duration of the class session
    • Skill development areas will be identified using tape or cones when possible to provide a visual border
    • Scrimmage time will be limited to 10 mins with an emphasis on zone play. Ie no person vs person coverage
    • No pinnies or bibs will be used
    • Y Staff will be responsible for the distribution and set up of equipment.
    • Participants will have their own ball, equipment and training props and a designated space to place them when not in use.
    • No end of session tournaments
  • What are the Floor Hockey guidelines?

    In addition to the overall Fitness Program Guidelines, please note the following for the Floor Hockey program.

    • Drills and activities will not break 2 metre physical distance for greater than 10 minutes
    • Skill development areas will be identified using tape or cones when possible to provide a visual border
    • Drills that require players to stand in line or in groups for a long period of time will be avoided and the focus will be on station based skill development
    • Scrimmage time will be limited to 10 mins with an emphasis on zone play. Ie no person vs person coverage
    • No pinnies or bibs are to be used
    • Y Staff will be responsible for the distribution and setup of equipment.
    • Participants will have their own hockey stick and puck/ball for the duration of the class and a designated space to store when not in use.
    • No goalie equipment or felt pucks will be used.
    • Target scoring and zone protection will be utilized during scrimmage play instead of a goalie
    • No end of session tournaments
  • What are the Soccer guidelines?

    In addition to the overall Fitness Program Guidelines, please note the following for the Soccer program.

    • Parent participation is required for preschool participants (3-5 yrs)
    • Warm up and skill progressions should be completed on assigned spots
    • Drills and activities will not break 2 metre physical distance for greater than 10 minutes
    • Skill development areas will be identified using tape or cones when possible to provide a visual border
    • Drills that require players to stand in line or in groups for a long period of time will be avoided and the focus will be on station based skill development
    • Contact or battle drills that do not allow for physical distancing will be avoided
    • Scrimmage time will be limited to 10 mins with an emphasis on zone play. Ie no person vs person coverage
    • No pinnies or bibs are to be used
    • Staff will be responsible for the distribution and set up of equipment.
    • Participants will have their own soccer ball for the duration of the class and a designated spot to place them when not in use.
    • No heading and no hand contact with the ball
    • No goalies or goalie drills
    • Target scoring and zone protection will be utilized during scrimmage play instead of a goalie
    • No end of session tournaments
  • What are the Art and Science guidelines?

    In addition to the overall Fitness Program Guidelines, please note the following for the Art and Science programs.

    • Parent participation is required for preschool (3-5 yrs) participation
    • Table and chairs will be properly physically distanced
    • Each participant will have their own station or area for class duration
    • All supplies will be set up at the station or area before participant arrives
    • Y Staff will be responsible for the distribution of supplies and refills.
    • Used product and materials that can’t be cleaned will be discarded.
    • Projects are to be taken home at the end of the session or discarded.

Shower & Locker Safety Guidelines

 
  • Will the showers be open at all the branches?

    Yes, showers and locker rooms will be open at all four branch locations.

  • Will all the shower spaces be available to use?

    For the most part yes, the only shower spaces not available are the two lower level change rooms at our Elmwood-Kildonan branch that do not have pool access. In open concept shower spaces, we are asking members physically distance whenever possible by leaving a space between themselves and other members.

  • How will the showers be kept clean?

    Cleaning staff will routinely monitor the shower area and clean the spaces frequently using both a disinfecting fogger and manual wiping with disinfectant.

  • Will lockers be available at all branches?

    Yes. Lockers, locker rooms and showers will be available at all four of our branch locations.

  • Will all the lockers be available to use?

    No, we have reduced the number of available lockers to allow for physical distancing.

    • There will be a maximum of 1 in 3 lockers available in Men’s & Women’s locker rooms
    • There will be a maximum of 1 in 2 lockers in the Universal locker rooms (due to the larger lockers).
    • Lockers will also be available outside of the changerooms, for those member who don't require the use of a change room.
  • How will I know which locker has been cleaned to use?

    Should you require the use of a locker, please inform the Membership Sales & Service desk when you scan in.  You will be given a magnet to place on the outside of your locker.  Leave the magnet on the locker door throughout your stay.  Once you leave, Y cleaning staff will know that the locker has been used and requires cleaning. Once cleaned, the magnet will be removed and sanitized.  Lockers with a magnet displayed will be cleaned every 30 minutes.

     

    Disinfecting wipes will also be available in the lockers rooms for members to wipe down before and after use as an extra precaution and peace of mind.

  • How often will the lockers be cleaned?

    Y staff will be cleaning lockers with magnets on them every 30 min. throughout the day (excluding during swimming lessons). During swimming lessons, a staff member will be in the locker room at all times cleaning lockers and enforcing masks and proper physical distancing practices. Cleaning supplies are also available for members to wipe down their lockers before and after use.

    Members are reminded to wear masks and maintain physical distancing.

  • What happens if there are no lockers available for me?

    We have a minimum of 100 lockers available to use at each branch, however should there not be one available at the time of your visit, we will provide the member with a plastic bag to keep their belongings in.

    • We are encouraging Parents of swim lesson participants to take their child’s belongings with them during swimming lessons.
    • Designated space will be provided in the youth/preschool land program areas (ie; Karate, Dance, Gymnastics, etc) to place belongings therefore we are asking participants to not use the lockers.

    Please remember - if you are using the weights and/or cardio equipment areas, members are able to have their gym bag with them while they workout as space allows with the current equipment layout.