Communication to members and staff

Written by Woody Chambers on March 13, 2020

We’re taking extra precautions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 in order to protect our members, community, and staff, including the following:

Screening for health

The Y is requiring daily health screenings of employees who are working on-site at our location.

Effective immediately any employee, member, or participant experiencing a persistent cough, a fever over 100.4 degrees, or shortness of breath or difficulty breathing must stay home until symptom free for 72 hours.

Social distancing

To align with social distancing precautions, we are working to maximize our spaces and minimize unnecessary contact between people. These measures include limiting the number of members and staff in close spaces in our facilities. It may also be necessary to limit the number of people using exercise equipment, participating in group exercise programs, and/or engaging in child drop off areas in order to allow for appropriate distancing.

Cleanliness and hand-washing

The health and safety of our members and staff is our top priority. While we have always had daily cleansing procedures in place, we’ve educated our staff and are practicing additional hygiene and cleaning practices to ensure that our facilities remain safe.

We have increased our protocols to include additional rounds of disinfection for all common areas including:

Locker room lockers, counter tops, sinks, faucets, stall handles and flushing devices
Coffee areas, lobby tables and desktops
Door handles throughout the building
Fitness equipment
Additionally, more sanitation stations and hand sanitizers are available and have been installed.
We encourage all members and our staff to follow these best practices to help keep yourself and others healthy:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Stay home when you are sick (and remain home for 24 hours after symptoms have disappeared if the illness is flu-like or gastrointestinal).
Cover your cough, or sneeze into a tissue; then throw the tissue in the trash.
Use the disinfectant wipes available on the fitness floor to wipe down machines and equipment before and after each use.

Ensuring staff are safe

In addition to the practices listed above, we’ve also rolled out the following policies and guidelines for staff:

Where possible, our staff work remotely. Many staff have job duties that require them to be physically present in order to lead staff and be there for our community.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is it safe to use the pool?

According to the CDC, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs.

2. What cleaning products are you using?

We use a range of commercial sanitizers that are antiviral and antibacterial. The spray bottles you commonly see in fitness areas, family programs, and member areas are mixed from a concentrate per the manufacturer’s instructions. We also provide soap for hand washing at sinks and hand sanitizer throughout our facilities.

3. How are you keeping child watch and family program areas safe?

Soft toys with porous surfaces (like bean bag chairs and stuffed toys) that cannot be sprayed and wiped down will be removed from the floor until further notice.
Staff are instructed to clean surfaces, tables, and chairs hourly during program hours.
Tables and chairs wiped down hourly (during program hours) using similar process.

4. How are you keeping fitness areas safe?

We’ve implemented regular cleaning sweeps of public areas and program spaces using spray sanitizer and wiping down surfaces. You’ll see staff doing this across the Y throughout the day.
Staff use antibacterial spray to wipe down the handles and surfaces on our cardio and strength equipment. We ask members and participants to help us keep the rest of our fitness areas safe by using easy to find antibacterial cleaners to clean stretching mats, hand weights, and other equipment before and after use.

5. What are you doing about air circulation?

Similar to other public buildings, the Y’s air circulation systems are designed for commercial spaces. Our air filters and circulation systems rate at the allergen and mold spore control level, not at a level of filtration you’d find in a medical setting. However, government agencies such as the CDC recommend social distancing and cleaning of public surface areas to reduce likelihood of coronavirus transmission. They have not recommended replacing air filtration systems.

Thank you,

Matt Lund