YMCA of Southern Maine

For a Better Us.™

What to Expect

Feel confident at the Y

Your well-being is our top priority. We have put careful thought and planning into our reopening. We have followed guidance from the CDC and State officials to update our operations to ensure the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene and make appropriate accommodations for physical distancing so that every person who walks through our doors can stay safe and protected while getting back to what matters most: your health, your family and friends, and your community. 

Welcome Back to Your Happy Place!

Important Mask Mandate Update (11/7/2020):

Following the Governor's recent executive order, face masks will be required in all areas of the facility, at all times, including while you are working out. The only exception will be when you enter the water of the pool to swim, your face mask may be removed, but will need to be put back on as you exit the pool.

Greater Portland Branch Air Handler Update
We’re pleased to share that the first phase of our air handler upgrade is complete! This work will help improve air flow and circulation for our Malcolm Pool in Portland.
The next stage of this project will include a few, temporary changes that we want you to be aware of:
  • Monday, 11/16, the Cardio deck overlooking the pool will reopen. At this time, we will again close the Osher Room.
  • Tuesday, 11/17, a section of the High Street parking lot will be closed to allow a crane to lift new parts to the roof. Our Sherman Street lot will remain open.
  • Tuesday - Saturday, 11/17 - 11/21 – The Malcolm Pool will be closed.
    • During this time, please consider using the pools at our branches in Freeport and Biddeford.
    • The Malcolm Pool is scheduled to reopen Monday, 11/23.

Thank you for your patience as we work to improve our facilities.

Safety Measures

Ensuring the health and safety of our Y community is everyone’s responsibility. We’ve made adjustments within our facility and to our guidelines for use.

We’re asking all members and program participants to agree to the following:

  • Stay home if you have any symptoms of illness
  • Wear a mask at all times, including when you are working out. (Mask may be removed when you enter the water of the pool)  
  • Maintain a physical distance of 6’ feet from others (14’ when exercising)
  • Participate in symptom and temperature screening before entering the facility (staff must as well)
  • Scan in to both the facility AND program area every time you visit
  • Wash your hands often
  • Clean equipment and surfaces before AND after use
  • Sign the waiver before each visit and bring with you – this is a requirement for entry

Adult Waiver – For anyone 18+

Minor Waiver – For anyone under 18. Guardian must sign.

  • Respect the 90 minute time limit
  • Bring your patience and sense of humor, and recognize that, like you, staff and fellow members are doing their very best to navigate this new world


All YMCA of Southern Maine locations are open:

Monday – Friday: 6:00am – 7:00pm 

Saturdays: 8:00am – 2:00pm

Sundays: Closed

We ask that you limit your visit to 90 minutes so that all members have a chance to support their well being at the Y.

Available Amenities

We each have an important role to play in helping to ensure the health and safety of our Y community!

To facilitate physical distancing, and in accordance with State guidelines, the following amenities are available:

  • Locker Rooms & Showers
  • Wellness Floor – cardio and weight machines and equipment (14’ distancing)
  • Large Pool – lap swimming only (one swimmer per lane)
  • Small Pools - in Freeport & Biddeford (2 lanes, no classes or family swim at this time)
  • Outdoor Exercise Groups
  • Virtual Exercise Classes
  • Full Day Child Care
  • School Age Child Care - Freeport & Portland
  • Pool Reservations
Not Currently Available

We are working to reopen our Y on a program-by-program basis, following a timeline that is safe, sustainable, and right for our Y community, in accordance with State mandates.

Based on this, the following amenities and programs are NOT available at this time:

  • Indoor and pool-based group exercise classes
  • Prime Time & Drop In Child Care
  • Swim Team
  • Swim Lessons
  • Youth classes
  • Personal Training & Adaptive Services
  • Gymnasiums, squash courts, bowling alley
  • Saunas and steam rooms
  • Yoga mats, blocks and straps, TRX straps, foam rollers, pillows
  • Vending machines and water fountains (bottle fill only)

We know many of these programs and amenities are extremely popular and important to our community. Like you, we are eager to bring them back.

However, the timeline for this will depend on many factors, including the course of the pandemic, State guidelines, safety, and the most urgent needs of our community.

Even as State guidelines change, we may still look a bit different than other facilities, and even other Ys. We’re committed to doing what’s right for our community and the people we serve. We know this is important to you, as well.

Before You Leave Home

Sign the waiver online and bring with you to EACH visit. You will not be able to enter the Y without doing so. Each member will be emailed a unique link to sign the waiver online. Please keep a look out for this email. 

Do a healthy-self check before you leave home and stay home if you are ill or have symptoms of COVID-19.

When You Come to the Y

Participate in our symptom and temperature screening. This screening is designed to keep everyone healthy and is required before you enter the YMCA or participate in any classes. Your cooperation is key.

Come to the Y with a purpose. Come to work out, lap swim, or attend a specific class, and limit your visit to 90 minutes or less. Our lobby furniture and tables have been temporarily removed to prevent close contact.

Expect a possible wait. Capacity limits are in effect to meet physical distancing requirements. You will be asked to wait outside the facility until there is an opening.

Follow physical distancing if you must stand in line before entering the Y. Your patience and understanding are appreciated.

Wear your mask at all times, following State mandate. The only exception will be when you enter the water of the pool to swim, your mask may be removed, but iwll need to be put back on as you exit the pool.

Have your membership card ready to scan for required check-ins.

Sanitize your hands upon entry. Sanitizer will be available at the entry, and we encourage you to bring your own.

Bring your own water bottle, pre-filled. Vending machines and water fountains (other than bottle-fill only) are closed.

Bring your own towel. Our towel service is currently discontinued.

BYOE – Bring your own equipment like yoga mats or straps.

While You Are at the Y

Following the Governor's executive order, face masks are required in all areas of the facility, at all times, including while you are working out. The only exception to this will be when you enter the water of the pool to swim, your face mask may be removed, but will need to be put back on as you exit the water.

Wash your hands or use our sanitizing stations often. Limited restrooms are open, and sanitizing stations will be available at entrances, on the wellness floor, and on pool decks. Locker rooms are open with limited capacity.

Participate in cleaning and disinfecting equipment you use while at the Y. We ask that you spray down equipment both before and after you use it. Rest assured, your efforts are in addition to our cleaning protocols, which meet CDC and State guidelines.

If you swim, there will be space on deck for a small bag. Please clean the spot where you place your bag before and after.

Follow physical distancing if you are waiting for an outdoor class to start or equipment. Also maintain distancing in all outdoor classes. Partners exercising together and sharing equipment must maintain group segmentation from others exercising.

You’ll notice we have removed, moved, or temporarily retired some equipment and reduced class sizes to meet State physical distancing requirements.

Children at the Y

Our registration-based full day child care programs are open, as is School Age care in Freeport and Portland. However, Prime Time & Drop In Care will not be available when we reopen, based on State guidelines. Please do not bring your children with you to the Y unless they are registered for preschool, full day, or School Age Child Care.

We know Prime Time is a popular and important program for families at the Y, and that you may be disappointed it will not be available immediately. As with all our programs, we will reopen Prime Time when it is safe and prudent to do so, with guidance from the State.

Older children may be able to participate in outdoor group exercise classes or use equipment at the Y. For more information, please see our Youth Facility Access Policy.

Members Only: No guests or Nationwide members

Now is a great time to be a member of the YMCA of Southern Maine! Due to capacity limitations, and following best practices, we are giving members priority to our facilities and programs during this starting phase of our reopening. We will announce later when guests and Nationwide members will be welcomed back.

Still have questions about our re-opening?

If you can’t find what you need in the information on this page, please email your local branch.

Casco Bay – Scott Krouse, skrouse@ymcaofsouthernmaine.org

Greater Portland – Trevor Prophet, tprophet@ymcaofsouthernmaine.org

Northern York County – Meaghan Woodsome, mwoodsome@ymcaofsouthernmaine.org

Pineland – Scott Krouse, skrouse@ymcaofsouthernmaine.org