The organization announced the details of its first fitness-related reopening phase May 20 following weeks of closures due to COVID-19. The YMCA said the June start to summer programming will be accompanied by additional precautionary measures for members and staff in compliance with the latest federal, state and local health guidance.
“We are looking forward to seeing members June 1 swimming in the pool, doing group exercise outside and teens and children connecting with each other in a safe camp environment,” said Stephen Ives, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Houston, in a statement. “As we get more comfortable and understand the processes that need to take place and see how things happen in our community, we will gradually reopen much of what was happening before. While things may not be the same, we have to adhere to social distancing and take precautions to do our part to keep the community safe.”
YMCA facilities across the Greater Houston area will reopen with various amenities and services to start next month, and facilities will be open Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Member dues will not be charged for the month of June.
The organization said more information about the reopening of fitness centers and the resumption of indoor group exercise and other child care and youth programming will be announced at a later date.
Here are the facilities that will open their doors June 1, along with their offerings.
Outdoor group exercise, lap swimming, summer camps or child care for essential personnel
- Fort Bend Family YMCA
- Harriet and Joe Foster Family YMCA
- Lake Houston Family YMCA
- Langham Creek Family YMCA
- Mark A. Chapman YMCA
- D. Bradley McWilliams YMCA
- The Woodlands YMCA at Shadowbend
- Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA
- Trotter Family YMCA
- W.D. Ley Family YMCA
- Weekley Family YMCA
Outdoor group exercise and lap swimming
- The Woodlands YMCA at Branch Crossing
- Brenda and John Duncan YMCA
- Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch
- Perry Family YMCA
- Vic Coppinger Family YMCA
- Alief Family YMCA
- Conroe Family YMCA
- E.A. Smith Family YMCA
- MD Anderson Family YMCA
- Houston Texans YMCA
- Thelma Ley Anderson YMCA
- T.W. Davis Family YMCA
- West Orem Family YMCA
Additional safety measures implemented by the YMCA for members and staff include capacity limits, frequent sanitizing and the closure of certain facilities, such as showers, lockers and changing rooms. Members will be required to register in advance for classes, to check in and have their temperature checked upon arrival and to wear masks while waiting for check-in or the start of their class. The YMCA also encouraged members to bring their own towels, mats and water bottles, as water fountains will be closed.
The YMCA's Summer Day Camp and Teen Camp will also follow health guidelines, including smaller group sizes, social distancing, and scheduled hand-washing and temperature screening. More information about YMCA summer camps may be found here.