My Mask Protects You. Your Mask Protects Me.
As of August 1, 2020, and per Governor Evers' recent Emergency Order #1 that requires the use of face coverings (covering mouth and nose), all members and staff are asked to wear a face covering while inside the Y facilities - except while swimming and showering. This not only helps mitigate the transmission of Covid-19 - along with other measures such as social distancing - but also helps keep other members and our staff safe and healthy.
In an effort to keep you comfortable while working out, we have been doing research on face coverings that are specifically designed for working out. CNET has a great article that provides mask recommendations. Our staff are test driving these face coverings and are finding them to be both comfortable and cooling.
Please note: the Y does not have masks for purchase. We invite you to read the recommendations provided in the following article and purchase independently on your own.
Mask Guidelines and Requirements
Here are a few guidelines for wearing masks:
- Face shields cannot replace masks. You are welcome to wear a face shield but you must also wear a mask.
- Masks need to cover your nose and mouth at all times.
- Masks with valves are not permitted.
Here are the following exceptions for wearing masks:
- Children under the age of 5 are not required to wear a mask.
- Those who are actively participating in pool activities such as lap swimming, water exercise and swim lessons are not required to wear a mask. However, a mask must be worn onto the pool deck and can be removed just prior to entering the water. Spectators of pool activities must wear a mask.
- Masks are not required while showering. However, a mask is required immediately after showering and in the locker room areas.
- Lifeguards and swim instructors do not need to wear a mask while working in the pool area; however, they must wear a mask in the building/locker rooms until they get onto the pool deck. Swim instructors are required to wear a face shield while they teach.
- Members and staff who are not able to wear a mask due to a medical condition are exempted from this order.
- Masks are not required while eating or drinking.
For More Information:
- Read the state's full emergency order here.
- Read Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to the emergency order.
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