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image reads: where because you care. masks mandatory as of sept. 2. image is an illustration of a person putting on a non-medical 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.

At all times, and particularly when actively engaging in physical activity, everyone in our branches should make best efforts to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres (six feet).

If you remove your mask in order to perform physical activity, please ensure it is properly stored (e.g. in a bag or in your pocket) and do not hang masks on equipment or place them on shared surfaces.

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.

Thank you for your cooperation.


  • Why are you mandating masks now?

    We have continuously been monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Manitoba. As case numbers are on the rise, masks are an added level of protection against the transmission of COVID-19. We feel it is now in the best interest of everyone to mandate masks within our branches. You can read about all of the other health & safety measure we have in place here.

  • Where are masks required?
    • Upon entry to and exit from the branch
    • In the lobby, hallways, stairways, elevators, etc.
    • Before and after fitness classes, lane swim and family membership swim
    • While transitioning from one space to another
    • In any common area not expressly listed here
  • Will masks be mandatory while working out?

    No, masks are not required while actively engaging in any fitness activity within our facility such as using our fitness equipment, using the gymnasium, attending a fitness class or swimming.

  • Who has to wear a mask?

    Everyone who is 5 years and older must wear a mask in the designated areas. This includes all visitors and participants in our branches and programs, as well as our staff.

  • I forgot my mask. Can I still work out?

    We will have masks available for purchase from the membership desk for a limited time ($1 per mask). Acceptable payment methods include a debit or credit card as we are not accepting cash payments at this time.

  • 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.