YMCA Open Now Following Phase 3 Guidelines 

Brooks Y in Phase 3 on July 1, Early Learning Center now open

The Brooks YMCA facility has reopened in alignment with the State of Virginia’s guidelines for reopening in phases. In Phase 1, we began offering socially-distanced outdoor group exercise to members on May 26. We reopened the Brooks YMCA facility in Phase 2 starting June 5, offering members access to the Wellness floor to work out, indoor and outdoor group exercise, and access to the pool for lap swimming.

We are happy to be able to offer additional amenities starting July 1, when Virginia moves into Reopening Phase 3

We care deeply about the health and safety of everyone in our community, and all of our decisions about reopening are intended to keep our YMCA members, staff, and community as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to offer virtual resources in order to give members as many options as possible. We encourage you to engage with the YMCA in a variety of ways, and give us feedback about how the resources available are working for you. 

Brooks YMCA: Phase 3 Overview

We are happy to announce that the Brooks Family YMCA will be able to offer additional amenities starting July 1, when Virginia moves into Reopening Phase 3!

In addition to the wellness floor, indoor and outdoor group exercise, and lap swimming in the pool, starting July 1 we are offering:

  • Expanded hours: M-F 6am-8pm, Sat 7am-6pm and Sun 12-6pm
  • Additional group exercise classes
  • Recreational swimming in zero-depth entry area, by reservation
  • Access to the showers in our 4 family changing rooms
  • Walking track
  • Vending machines

Starting July 6, we will offer:

  • Stay & Play, by reservation (one hour limit)
  • Basketball, by reservation (bring your own ball)
  • Pickleball, by reservation (bring your own equipment)

The following will remain unavailable for the time being:

  • Locker rooms
  • Mezzanine (used for storage due to distancing of equipment)
  • Lobby
  • Meetings and outside rentals

Members, look for more information on the July 6 changes in your Member Update email this Saturday.


Returning to the Y for the first time?

We can't wait to see you! Before visiting the YMCA, remember to:

  1. Leave 10+ minutes of extra time to enter the facility.
  2. Change before arriving since locker rooms are unavailable.
  3. Bring a mask for entering & exiting the building.
  4. Please electronically sign our mandatory, one-time COVID-19 waiver here:




Brooks YMCA: Phase 3 Details

Facility Information  

  • Hours: 
    • Monday-Friday: 6am - 8am
    • Weekends: Sat. 7am - 6pm, Sun. 12pm - 6pm
  • Per Virginia guidelines, occupancy will be limited to 75% capacity, while maintaining a minimum of 10' of physical distancing between individuals.
  • 10'+ space between equipment and between individuals in the weight area.
  • Pool will operate at reduced capacity, for lap swimming, swim team, and recreational swimming in the zero-depth entry area. Reservations are required.
  • Swim lessons began with limited capacity on June 29. Learn more >
  • Outdoor and indoor group exercise classes are available by reservation, with 10' of physical distancing between individuals.
  • Virtual workout access will continue
  • Basketball, pickleball, and Stay & Play reservations begin July 6 (more info to come)
  • Walking track is available
  • Face coverings required for members to enter and exist the facility, optional during exercise
  • Face coverings required for staff 
  • No locker rooms (family changing rooms available for bathroom & shower use)
  • No guests
  • No mezzanine
  • No meetings or rentals
  • No coffee service
  • Frequent disinfecting & deep cleaning

Member Safety
  • We respectfully ask you not to visit the facility if:
    • you have had symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 48 hours, or 
    • you have had close contact with a known carrier of COVID-19 in the last two weeks.
  • All members must sign a one-time waiver before visiting the YMCA. We have a no-contact check-in.
  • Please change before arriving at the YMCA, as no locker rooms will be available.
  • Members are required to:
    • wear face coverings to enter and exit the facility, and are encouraged to use them during exercise
    • stand 10’ apart from others wherever possible and adhere to all posted signage
    • wash or sanitize hands upon entry and before and after workouts. Hand sanitizing stations are located in every area and very accessible.
    • clean equipment before and after use.
    • limit time in the weight & cardio areas to 30 minutes during peak times 

Staff Safety
  • All staff are required to sign a re-entry waiver with COVID-19 supplemental code of conduct.
  • Staff are required to stay home if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have had close contact with a carrier of COVID-19 in the last two weeks, and to answer a daily questionnaire prior to shifts.
  • Staff are required to wear face coverings.
  • Staff are required to wash hands with soap and water upon entering the facility and frequently throughout the day.
  • Staff use an app for a no-contact clock-in.
  • Departmental staff will carry out additional cleaning and disinfecting procedures.


YMCA Summer Camp

YMCA Summer Camp is in session at the Brooks Family YMCA. We have put in place extensive social distancing modifications for summer camp, for the health and safety of the families we serve and the community at large. 


YMCA Early Learning Center

We reopened our Early Learning Center with health & safety measures in place on June 22.


Thank you, sustaining members!

Thank you to those who became sustaining members of the YMCA by keeping your membership active while our facilities were closed, allowing us to carry forward our nonprofit mission to community members in need. All membership fees paid while we were closed were considered a tax-deductible charitable donation. We have sent a donation acknowledgment letter to all sustaining members. 

If you have questions about membership, you can always contact us at  membership@piedmontymca.org or (434) 974-YMCA.

Impact Report

We are proud that the YMCA was able to pivot during our COVID-19 closure to meet essential community needs. Find out more about our volunteer efforts and impact in our June 2020 Impact Report:

View our June 2020 Impact Report here >

Thank you to the sustaining members who made this work possible.