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Your health and safety are our top priority. In compliance with the latest CDC and MDH recommendations, amid rising Delta variant transmission and COVID-19 cases in the Twin Cities, YWCA Minneapolis will require face coverings to be worn by everyone – both vaccinated and unvaccinated – when inside our facilities, effective September 13. Learn More

Pool Closures: YWCA Downtown pool will be closed Sept. 21 – 28 for annual maintenance. YWCA Uptown pool will close for an Otters swim meet at 12:45 pm on Saturday, September 25, and remain closed the rest of the day.

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COVID-19 Safety FAQs

COVID-19 Safety FAQs

What precautions is YWCA Minneapolis taking to ensure the facilities are safe to use?

We are continuing to monitor the coronavirus pandemic daily and will follow guidance issued by the MN Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We have implemented safety protocols that include social distancing, enhanced cleaning, and health screenings and personal protective equipment for employees.

How is YWCA Minneapolis ensuring employees are healthy to return to work and trained on new protocols to continue to slow the spread of the coronavirus?

All employees are required to wear a mask, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. All employees are required to participate in regular health screenings and daily temperature checks. All employees have participated in mandatory training sessions before returning to work on site.

What is YWCA Minneapolis doing to ensure child care centers and summer camps are safe for children?

In compliance with current Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines, face coverings are still required for child care employees.

In our Early Childhood Education Centers, we will continue multiple measures to keep children safe, including:

  • modified check in and out procedures
  • daily temperature checks
  • symptom screening
  • requiring masks indoors for children 5 – 11 years old
  • reduced classroom sizes
  • modified activities
  • increased cleaning protocols

Are masks required in the facilities?

Yes. In compliance with the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommendations, amid rising Delta variant transmission and COVID-19 cases in the Twin Cities, YWCA Minneapolis will require face coverings to be worn by everyone – both vaccinated and unvaccinated– when inside our facilities, effective September 13.

Effective September 13, face coverings will be required for:

  • Employees regardless of vaccination status
  • Fitness members regardless of vaccination status
  • Parents and caregivers of children in our Early Childhood Education (ECE) centers and Girls and Youth program participants regardless of vaccination status
  • Children in our ECE school-age program
  • Children ages 2 and older who are not in ECE programming

What is YWCA Minneapolis doing to ensure the fitness facilities are safe to use?

We are steadfastly committed to maintaining the safety and well-being of everyone visiting our facilities. In our fitness centers specifically, we will:

  • continue to maintain social distancing options for all to choose their level of comfort
  • continue our reservation system for group fitness and virtual classes, in addition to accommodating for walk-ins and in-class social distancing options
  • continue our increased safety and cleaning protocols, including access to self-cleaning stations with disinfectant spray and hand sanitizer
  • continue to use higher level air filters and a 40% fresh air exchange three times every hour

Will there be limited services available for fitness members?

Yes. As part of our phased approach to reopening to protect the safety of our members, any facility area where we cannot accommodate for social distancing guidelines will be temporarily closed. Additionally, some activities and services are not currently being offered. Personal training will follow state-mandated social distancing guidelines with no physical contact during training sessions.

Additionally, capacity limits have been determined for each fitness area and studio to meet social distancing guidelines. While we look forward to restoring full operations when possible, we hope you are able to also take advantage of the many virtual fitness offerings we have available.

Will YWCA Minneapolis host in-person events this year?

For now, we are shifting in-person events and gatherings to virtual events whenever possible or postponing or canceling events with an audience greater than 10. Follow us on social media and check our website at ywcampls.org for updates and to stay connected.

What should we all do to continue to slow the spread of the coronavirus?

Follow CDC’s recommended guidelines:

  • Take the COVID-19 vaccine if you are able
  • Wash hands often and thoroughly for 20 seconds using soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throw the tissue in the trash, or cough or sneeze into your elbow
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • Wear a face mask indoors in public whether or not you are vaccinated

Can I make a donation to help YWCA Minneapolis and its staff during this time?

Absolutely, we would welcome this! As a nonprofit, COVID-19 has presented us with significant financial challenges. Your support is vital to the health of our organization and we are grateful for your support during this uncertain time. To make a tax-deductible donation, please visit ywcampls.org/emergency.