For A Safer Us


For a safer us.

We are excited to welcome you back to the Y - I know you are excited and we can't wait to see you! Please take a few moments to review the updated policies and procedures when using the Y as we reopen. See you soon!


YOUR SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY - Information updated 5.17.21

Dear Valued Members, Program Participants and Staff:

As you are aware, since reopening our facilities in June 2020, we have followed both CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines related to COVID-19 safety protocols. We have done so through the lens of our values: HONESTY, CARING, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY and we are grateful to everyone for your continued support. 

On Thursday, May 13, the CDC announced that individuals fully vaccinated for COVID-19 no longer need to wear a mask while indoors. Shortly thereafter, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced that effective immediately, anyone fully vaccinated for COVID-19 is not subject to the state Mask Order, which remains in effect until 70 percent of Pennsylvanians are vaccinated. You can read the full announcement here.

In accordance with this announcement, beginning Tuesday, May 18, members, program participants and staff of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh who are fully vaccinated may utilize our facilities and participate in programs without a face mask. 

Fully vaccinated is defined as:

·2 weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or

·2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine

If you do not meet the above requirements, you are NOT considered fully vaccinated and therefore are required to continue to wear a mask when inside a YMCA facility and when outdoors on our grounds when social distancing cannot be maintained. We are counting on the HONESTY of our Y community to follow this guidance based on their vaccination status. YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh staff must submit verification of vaccination to Human Resources to no longer wear a mask indoors. 

Exceptions for childcare, camps and out-of-school settings: 

The new guidance on masks is directed to the public, not to child care or school settings, where groups of unrelated children and adults are together. We recognize our RESPONSIBILITY to this group, therefore based on recommendations received from the Early Resource Learning Center of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning, children aged two and older and adults providing care or interacting with them, including those who are fully vaccinated, will wear masks while in any child care, day camp, resident camp or out-of-school setting. This will include parents and guardians who are picking up and dropping off children. You can read more here.

In honoring our Y core values and respecting your fellow Y members, please remember individuals may continue to wear a mask because they are mid-vaccine or as an extra precaution. If you have any questions regarding the mask order while accessing our facilities, please see a member of staff at the Welcome Center.  

We will continue to maintain social distancing around our equipment and group exercise spaces, use our reservation system and apply enhanced cleaning practices. These additional safety precautions will be reevaluated in the coming weeks in accordance with the lifting of all mitigation orders announced for May 31, 2021.

The safety of our members, program participants and staff remains our top priority. We will continue to uphold COVID-19 safety guidelines from the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health. We appreciate your CARE and RESPECT for your fellow Y community members as we continue to work together to maintain the safest environment possible. 


Ages: 12-14 years old must be accompanied by an adult. 15-17 years old are permitted to use the facility with waiver completion.


During phase II we are working to ensure that our members and staff are maintaining a safe social distance. This includes limiting the capacity of our branches by 50%. Please use our branch capacity tracker below for up to the minute details of the current capacity of our branches. Through reciprocity, you have the option with your membership to use any of our available locations. For a safer us


CHILD WATCH NOW AVAILABLE (Starting September 14th)

Child-Watch is available for Family Facility Members’ children, ages to 2– 11yrs (child must be on membership and must be active)

Reservations must be made between 9-5pm via a call to the branch and will be scheduled using DAXKO via Room Check-ins. Reservation Slots will be open 26 hrs prior and are first come first serve. 48 hours prior to Saturday due to being closed on Sunday.

Temperatures taken and Screening Questions answered upon drop-off, and prior to entering Child-Watch space (no parents allowed in Child-Watch)

The child will not be accepted if the child has symptoms of illness within the past 24 hours, such as (but not limited to): fever, green discharge from the body, diarrhea, cough, lethargy, sore throat, unexplained rashes, and/or vomiting. If these symptoms are present we will ask that the child not return for at least 24 hours after symptoms are gone.

Children 2yrs and over must wear a mask at all times for everyone’s safety

All children will sanitize and/or wash hands upon entry and as needed Social Distancing procedures will be followed per current CDC guidelines Children may bring labeled/lidded sippy cups with water only (no food/no personal belongings or toys from home)

Call now to make your reservations - 412 227 3800

Reservation 90 min


Tuesday and Thursday



Reservation 1 hr

Tuesday and Friday

Reservation 90 min

Monday and Wednesday


Reservation 1 hr

Monday and Friday






PEOPLE (Members and Staff)

  • No Guest or Nationwide Membership will be permitted for the foreseeable future

  • Staffing limited to “essential staff” only (includes social distance monitors throughout facilities)

  • All staff are thoroughly trained on COVID transmission prevention and new cleaning protocols prior to working in facilities

  • Only members and vendors may enter the facility

  • Self-scan upon entry (staff will not handle cards, phones, or any other person’s belongings)

  • All staff, members and vendors will be asked to wash and/or sanitize hands upon entry and exit

  • Staff will be asked to wash their hands frequently

  • Numbers will be controlled throughout the building (not to exceed 50% of facility/area capacity)

  • Staff required to wear PPE (eg, mask, gloves for treatment); Members reuired to wear mask

  • All staff, members and vendors who are unwilling to comply with the Y’s COVID transmission prevention measure will be asked to leave the facility immediately




As we work to create a better, safer atmosphere for all, and to expedite the check-in process when you arrive back at the Y, please complete the following waiver based on your branch. For a Safer Us.


-For A Safer Us.

For a Safer Us.

The Y is reopening. Learn about our reopening phases we have laid out to keep you and your familit safe. For a stronger community. For a safer us.