Our Ys are open with temporarily reduced hours to members and program participants. Guests are now welcome. Please check our reopening guide for policies before you arrive.


With guidance from state and local agencies, we are slowly phasing in YMCA offerings. All four Ys are currently open with precautions and limitations. See below for details. We are thrilled to support your wellness goals, satisfy your need for community (6 feet apart, of course) and offer resources to help your mind, body and spirit thrive.

Please read over the below guidelines so you understand how we are keeping you safe — and what we expect of you. Below you will find general guidelines as well as guidelines for specific program areas. Check back as we add more offerings.


Updated YMCA Protocols Based on the Statewide Mask Mandate:

  • Ages 11 and older must now wear masks while in YMCA buildings. While outdoors and social distancing, they do not need to wear masks.
  • Anyone in our Ys must wear a mask while entering the facility, walking around the facility, working out in the facility and leaving the facility.
  • Masks are required for hockey participants unless they have a mouthpiece attached to their cage. Masks are required for all other activities on the ice.
  • Members do not need to wear masks while participating in outdoor group exercise classes and outdoor classes that are socially distanced.
  • Swimmers do not need to wear a mask while swimming, but they must wear a mask at all other times.
  • Participants in indoor personal training must wear a mask; outdoor personal training that is socially distanced does not require a mask.

Thank you for helping us comply with this statewide mandate. Compliance is integral to keeping our doors open.

We will be moving as many programs outdoors as possible, and we ask you to please be patient as we work to respond to this big shift in our policy. Please check the schedules page for class updates and check this Reopening Guide for continued updates to our policies and protocols.


Phased Opening - We are opening up slowly, cautiously and with great care. We are limiting the number of people in our buildings and limiting the spaces/equipment/programs that are available. We ask our members to maintain social distancing at all times. Our group exercise classes will be ramping up over time. Please be patient with us as we make adjustments to our schedules.

Access to the Facility - Y members and participants in a current paid Y program have access at all of our Y facilities. Guests and nationwide members are welcome (must provide a photo ID). Lap swimming, open swim, group exercise classes, events and some other programs require advanced reservations.

Reservations - Due to group size limitations, reservations are required for many of our programs. Lap Swimming, Group Fitness Classes: Make reservations on our schedules page or through the YMCA of Boulder Valley App; each reservation is for one person only. Visit the schedules page for details.

Child Watch, Open and Family Swim, Open Gym, Open Pickleball, Rec Skate, Events: Make reservations through Appointment Plus. This system allows more than one person to reserve a spot.

Cancellation Policy - Please cancel your reservation 24 hours in advance when possible so that other members may have an opportunity to take part in programs.

Traffic Flow - We are maintaining and regulating traffic flow where possible. You can help with this and use common sense.  

Staff Precautions - Staff receive temperature checks every day before work, and all staff are required to wear masks.

New Spacing - We have rearranged our equipment and environments to support social distancing. 

Cleaning - We have deep cleaned our facilities and updated our cleaning procedures. We are ensuring that equipment is cleaned between uses. We are providing extra cleaning supplies, so you can easily and quickly clean equipment.

Health Screening - Members must stop at the lobby table before check-in for a temperature check and health screening. All members are required to sign a waiver every time they visit the Y.

Bathrooms and Locker Rooms - Bathrooms, locker rooms and showers are available (some bathrooms are designated for child care only).

Here’s what you will be expected to bring:

We have mats, resistance bands and SilverSneakers balls for sale at the welcome desk.

Mats - We are unable to provide mats at this time. If you need one, please bring your own. 

Workout towel - Towel services is not being provided.

Water bottle - Only bottle fillers are available at this time. Drinking fountains are closed.

Locks - Lockers are available, but locks are not being provided. If you need one, please bring your own lock.

Here’s what is currently unavailable (check back for updates):

  • Towel service
  • Coffee service
  • Drinking fountains (bottle fillers remain open)
  • Saunas and steam rooms
  • Mapleton Y hot tub
  • Child Watch (at some locations)
  • Checking out basketballs, locks and other items from the front desks
  • Some personal fitness equipment, including mats, foam rollers and other porous materials. Some equipment, like bands, are still available for purchase at the front desk.


Our pools in Johnstown, Boulder, Longmont and Lafayette are open with limitations. Lap swim and water exercise classes are available by reservation only. Open and family swims are now available by reservation only through Appointment PlusPrivate swim lessons are available now. Group swim lesson registration is open.

When You Arrive - Enter through the front door of the Y. Swimmers will undergo a health check, sign a waiver (adult signature is required for anyone under the age of 18) and swipe their membership card.

Pool Deck - Please be conscious of social distancing rules and mask requirements while on the pool deck as well as in the facility. 

Equipment - Kick boards and pull buoys are available for lap swim only; we also encourage swimmers to bring their own equipment when possible. Sanitized equipment can be picked up by the swimmer and returned to a cleaning bin at the end of their swim. Staff will make this equipment available to the next swimmer following disinfection.

Lap Swimming Precautions & Limitations - One swimmer per lane allowed in the pool at a time.

Water Exercise Precautions & Limitations - Water exercise classes have limited capacity. Water exercise equipment are being disinfected and set-up by the instructor before class. Participants should also disinfect equipment by submerging items in the pool before and after use.

Private Lessons Precautions & Limitations - We are limiting bookings to 3 at a time to allow for proper spacing between lessons. During private lessons, each student will swim in their own lane with the instructor teaching from the deck. Because of this, swimmers must be able to support themselves in the water without assistance.

Open Swim Precautions & Limitations - Open swim is now available with limited capacity. Families are asked to social distance from other families in the water and on the pool deck. Reservations are required for each member of your family who will be attending. We welcome a maximum of 6 members per reservation from the same household; there will be a limit of one reservation per day and three per week per household. Open swim reservations do not include the use of lap lanes. If your child needs a personal flotation device to swim, please provide your own. Slides and diving boards will be available. Please be aware that COVID guidelines limit the number of swimmers allowed in each pool. If we reach capacity in our wading/activity pools, swimmers will be asked to use the other pool. Normal pool policies will be followed.

Family Swim (Johnstown Y Only) - Family Swim is available at the Johnstown YMCA with limited capacity in the Activity Pool. Families are asked to social distance while in the water as well as on the pool deck. Reservations are required. We welcome a maximum of 6 members per reservation from the same household; there will be a limit of one reservation per day and three per week per household. Family swim is limited to groups with a parent or supervising adult (18+ yrs) from the same household and child(ren). If your child needs a flotation device, please provide your own. All normal pool policies will be followed.


Because we must follow the rules of our local health department, what we offer at our rink may be different than what is offered at other rinks. Please be patient with us as we are doing our best to get all programs operational.

Entering and Departing the Y - Enter through the front door of the Y. Players will undergo a health check, sign a waiver (if applicable, adult signature is required for anyone under the age of 18) and if a member, swipe their membership card. Please depart through the north exit (side of the rink facing the turf fields).

Entering the Ice Rink – Please enter the ice rink through the double doors by the hockey locker rooms.

Be Courteous – Please no spitting on the ice, no checking, no fighting. Please be respectful and protect younger players on the ice. There will be no post game handshake. Both teams will line up on their own blue line and salute the opposing team.

Limited Spectator Policy

The YMCA Carlston Ice Rink is allowed to have 30 spectators in the ice lobby for our youth hockey games. All spectators will be expected to follow the following guidelines:

  • Each team (Home/Away) will be allowed 15 spectators per game. The expectation is that there is 1 spectator per player.
  • Each team’s manager will be responsible for checking in the spectators for their team. They will be given a list for the spectators to sign. Once the list is completed, it will be turned into the front desk.
  • Spectators are required to wear a mask and are to remain seated in their assigned area for the entirety of the game.
  • Spectators may not check in more than 10 minutes in advance of game start.
  • Scorekeepers, coaches, referees are not counted in the overall count and must remain in the arena (ice area).


Child Watch is open on a limited basis in some of our Y locations for those with an active family membership. At this time, we are offering care for children ages 3-10 for up to 10 children at a time, and reservations must be made through our online reservation system. Times and dates of availability will vary by location. 

Child Watch is free and is included with your Y Family or Single Adult Family Membership. Our trained and caring staff provide a safe, encouraging environment for your child while you work out. Playing, reading stories, art and crafts and other activities provide variety and fun. 

Child Watch is following all state and local health department guidelines.

General Rules

  • Adult member must remain on YMCA property at all times.  
  • No adults other than staff are allowed in our Child Watch space. If you need to change a diaper, we ask that you please use the locker rooms or family changing rooms.
  • Please provide a contact number and let us know where you will be on the property. You will need to keep your phone with you so that we can contact you if necessary.
  • Please make sure you dress your child appropriately for the weather (i.e. wearing shoes, jackets, hats, etc.) in case we go outside. 
  • We are not permitted to apply sunscreen on a child, so we ask that you please apply it beforehand.
  • Snacks and personal items/toys are not permitted in Child Watch at this time. Your child may bring a water bottle with his/her name on it.
  • We will contact you if your child has a soiled diaper or a bathroom related accident, hasn’t stopped crying for 15 minutes, is exhibiting any symptoms listed below or has a significant behavioral problem.

Health Guidelines

  • Our staff go through daily health checks upon entering our buildings. 
  • Your child will go through a health check upon entering our program to assure that everyone is healthy.
  • Children will wash their hands immediately upon entering. 
  • All toys/supplies that will be used will be disinfected before and after use. 
  • We will deep clean our space in-between sessions to assure there is no cross-contamination between groups.
  • Social distancing is always a challenge with young children. We will help encourage social distancing between kids from different households by providing structured activities and spacing of the chairs and stations.
  • Staff will be wearing masks. Per Colorado state guidelines, children under 11 are not required to wear a mask.

If your child is showing any of the following identified COVID- 19 symptoms they will need to be sent home right away: 

Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. 

Children may not return to Child Watch until one of the following:

  1. They have a non-COVID diagnosis from their healthcare provider. 
  2. They have a negative COVID-19 test result.
  3. They have isolated for 10 days, they’ve had 3 days with no fever and they are no longer showing symptoms.   

Family members should notify the Y immediately if their child attended Child Watch and later found out that they were diagnosed with or were exposed to COVID-19.

Reserving Your Space

  • We ask that you only register for one session per day to give other families opportunities to enjoy the program. 
  • Please drop-off and pick-up in the specified windows only. 
  • If you are unable to make your reservation time, please cancel your timeslot online, so another family may use the program. 
  • Late pick-up and/or no-shows may result in a fee or suspension of Child Watch usage.


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