YMCA Mobilizing for a Phased Reopening


Outdoor group exercise starts May 26, Brooks YMCA anticipates opening with restrictions in Virginia’s Phase 2

The YMCA is mobilizing to begin a phased reopening of our group exercise classes and facilities in line with the State of Virginia’s guidelines for reopening in phases. While YMCA classes and facilities will look and feel quite different for some time, we are very excited to see members in person again! 

Thank you for your patience and flexibility throughout our facility closure and the reopening process. The situation has changed frequently in recent weeks, and further changes seem likely. 

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.


Brooks YMCA Phase 1: Outdoor Group Exercise


In response to the state of Virginia's Phase 1 reopening guidelines, we will begin outdoor group exercise classes for members at our Brooks YMCA facility on Tuesday, May 26, by reservation and in line with the state's restrictions (10 people per class spaced 10 feet apart). 

You will be asked to complete an online waiver while making your class reservation certifying that: 

  • you have not had symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 48 hours 
  • you have not had close contact with a known carrier of COVID-19 in the last two weeks.

If you cannot sign this waiver, please stay home for just a little longer, and we will look forward to seeing you at the YMCA in a few days’ time!

Find out more about outdoor group exercise and make a reservation here:

We are very excited to have a NEW group exercise reservation system and app coming online within the next two weeks - stay tuned! 


Brooks YMCA Phase 2: Limited Facility Reopening


We anticipate reopening the Brooks YMCA facility in a limited capacity starting in Phase 2 of the State of Virginia’s reopening plan. At this point, we anticipate reopening the facility as early as Monday, June 1, 2020, but this is subject to change based on Virginia’s guidelines. 

Because we care about the health and safety of our members, staff, and community, and because of restrictions recommended by public health officials, many of our programs and amenities will be unavailable when we first reopen the Brooks YMCA facility. Thank you for bearing with us. 

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. 

Phase 2 Facility Information  
  • Tentative facility reopening date: as early as Monday, June 1 (subject to change based on Virginia guidelines)
  • Modified hours: 
    • Monday-Friday: 7am - 7pm
    • Weekends: Sat. 7am - 6pm, Sun. 12pm - 6pm
  • Pool will operate at reduced capacity, only for lap swimming (reservation info to come)
  • Group exercise classes will be available at reduced capacity, by reservation (virtual workout access will continue)
  • No locker rooms
  • No guests
  • No Stay & Play 
  • No basketball or pickleball
  • No swim lessons
  • No meetings or rentals
  • No coffee service
  • Face coverings required for staff and recommended for members
  • 6'+ space between equipment 
  • Frequent deep cleaning & sanitation
Phase 2 Member Safety
  • All members will be asked to sign a waiver before visiting the YMCA, and 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.
  • Please change before arriving at the YMCA, as no locker rooms will be available in Phase 2.
  • We will have a no-contact check-in.
  • Members will be required to adhere to all posted signage and stand 6’ apart from others wherever possible.
  • Members will be required to wash or sanitize hands upon entry and before and after workouts. Hand sanitizing stations will be located in every area and very accessible.
  • Members will be required to clean equipment before and after use.
  • Members will be encouraged to wear face coverings.
Phase 2 Staff Safety
  • All staff will be required to sign a re-entry waiver with COVID-19 supplemental code of conduct.
  • Staff will be required to take temperature and answer daily questionnaire prior to shifts.
  • Staff will be required to wear face coverings.
  • Staff will be required to wash hands with soap and water upon entering the facility.
  • Staff will use an app for a no-contact clock-in.
  • Departmental staff will carry out additional cleaning and disinfecting procedures.

YMCA Summer Camp


We anticipate that YMCA Summer Camp will begin June 8 as previously planned at the Brooks Family YMCA only. We are working hard to 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 anticipate reopening our Early Learning Center as early as July 1, though we will remain flexible and responsive as the summer progresses. We will communicate directly with families as we get closer to our anticipated reopening date.


Thank you, sustaining members!

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

If you are an active member but circumstances change and you need to put your membership on hold, please contact us at membership@piedmontymca.org or (434) 974-YMCA (Staffed Monday-Friday 9am-5pm; voicemails will be returned within 24 hours. Call center is closed Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day.)

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