YMCA of Southern Maine

For a Better Us.™

What to Expect

Welcome back to the Y! We’re excited to announce that the YMCA of Southern Maine will begin reopening our facilities and reactivating key programs beginning July 6.

Please be assured your safety is our number one 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!

Please be sure to read through these details before your first visit to the Y.

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 when not swimming or exercising vigorously
  • 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 60 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


Starting July 6, all YMCA of Southern Maine locations will be open:

Monday – Friday: 6:00am – 4:00pm

Saturdays: 8:00am – 2:00pm

Sundays: Closed

We ask that you limit your visit to 60 minutes so that all members have a chance to support their well being at the Y.

*We will reevaluate our hours based on demand and safety after the first few weeks of reopening.

Inclement Weather

There may be times, due to severe weather, when we might need to close the branch quickly to provide space for our Summer Care programs. Best practices during the pandemic require us to limit interactions between children in our care and our members.

If you are in the branch when a closure occurs, we ask that you stop your activity and exit the building quickly. While we will do our very best to minimize disruptions to your time at the Y, we appreciate your help and understanding that we must prioritize the health and safety of the children in our care.

If a weather closure occurs, we will notify members via the Remind App. Please sign up for Remind today.

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 will be available beginning July 6:

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 will NOT be available when we reopen:

  • Locker rooms
  • Showers
  • Indoor and pool-based group exercise classes
  • Open swim
  • 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.

Change into your workout clothes or bathing suit before you leave. Our locker rooms and changing facilities are currently closed.

Shower at home if you plan on swimming. Our showers are currently closed. 

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 60 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 while going through the screening and check in processes.

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.

Leave personal items at home. Locker rooms are currently closed and we cannot store personal items (keys, phone, wallet, etc.) at this time.

While You Are at the Y

We don’t expect you to wear a mask while you exercise, but you are required to wear one in our public spaces and when you are interacting with staff. This includes while standing in line, during the symptom and temperature screening, while checking in, and as you exit the building.

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.

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 will resume on June 29. 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 Summer 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 – Jan DiMauro, jdimauro@ymcaofsouthernmaine.org

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

Pineland – Scott Krouse, skrouse@ymcaofsouthernmaine.org