Hourly cleaning, limited classes: What Houston-area YMCAs are doing for coronavirus safety as they reopen

The Woodlands Family YMCA at Shadowbend opened Sept. 1. The facility offers swimming and other exercise and community amenities. (Courtesey YMCA of Greater Houston)
The Woodlands Family YMCA at Shadowbend opened Sept. 1. The facility offers swimming and other exercise and community amenities. (Courtesey YMCA of Greater Houston)

The Woodlands Family YMCA at Shadowbend opened Sept. 1. The facility offers swimming and other exercise and community amenities. (Courtesey YMCA of Greater Houston)

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The Woodlands Family YMCA at Shadowbend opened Sept. 1. The facility offers sports, classes and other activities. (Courtesey YMCA of Greater Houston)
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The Woodlands Family YMCA at Shadowbend opened Sept. 1. The facility offers exercise rooms and other activities. (Courtesey YMCA of Greater Houston)
Four Greater Houston area YMCA locations opened Sept. 1, and offerings at several other locations have been expanded amid a strict cleaning regimen, the organization announced this week.

Three locations in Houston—Houston Texans YMCA, Alief Family YMCA, MD Anderson Family YMCA—as well as The Woodlands Family YMCA at Shadowbend opened for Wellness Center

Group exercise classes; youth and family programs; the Y Learning Center; virtual group exercises and youth sports, according to a news release.

Amenities offered at other centers in the area can be accessed at the website www.ymcahouston.org/seeyousoon, with offerings such as an expanded swim program, including a new team at the Lake Houston YMCA.

Some of the programs operating at other locations include exercise classes, personal training and a youth soccer league for ages 3-9.


The safety measures being taken throughout the locations include limited class sizes with reservations required, social distancing, face mask requirements and deep cleaning.

The YMCA of Greater Houston continues to focus on the safety and well-being of all who visit the YMCA, the release said, as the organization is enforcing limited class sizes, reservation requirements for all areas social distancing, heightened face mask requirements and enhanced deep cleaning protocols.

Stephen Ives, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Houston, said high-touch areas are being cleaned at least 50 times an hour.

“We take great pride in exceeding safety measures to ensure our members are protected and can stay active,” he said. “We have partnered with professional cleaning services that are using Electrostatic Clorox 360 disinfectant, Razor antimicrobial coating product, Electrostatic VIREX II 360 disinfectant and more.”

The facilities continue to offer a virtual platform for exercise classes and other activities.

By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.