Coronavirus Update


Click here to see the safety measures we are taking at the Y! 

Update as of 2:00 p.m. on November 24th

Effective Wednesday, November 25 at 5:00pm, face coverings will be mandatory at all times inside the Y. This change is in response to the latest executive order from Governor Roy Cooper.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you making this change?

The governor mandated mandatory face covering with Executive Order #180. The J. Smith Young YMCA is making this change to align with this order, which includes a mandate that face coverings are required indoors at all times, even when physical distancing is in place and while members are working out. The Y is committed to ensuring public health and safety and helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our neighborhoods and communities.

What is a cloth face covering?

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, a cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face. It can be made of a variety of materials and can be factory-made or sewn by hand or can be improvised from household materials, such as scarfs, t-shirts, sweatshirts or towels.

Does a face shield count as a face covering?

The governor’s latest mask order is for a cloth face covering that covers the nose and mouth and, based on CDC recommendations, face shields are not considered the same.

Do I have to wear a face covering at all times while I’m working out at the J. Smith Young YMCA?

Yes. In an effort to prioritize the health of our members, staff, and the community — and to comply with the latest executive order — we are moving to a mandatory all face covering policy while participating in indoor fitness. This includes, group fitness classes, weightlifting, racquetball, while on the pool deck before you get into the pool, in the locker rooms, etc.

I don’t want to wear a face covering while I’m working out strenuously.

We fully respect your perspective on face coverings. However, in light of the governor’s order and our commitment to the health of each other and our communities, and our strong determination to stay fully open and in service, we are moving in this direction. If you’d prefer you can access our virtual wellness/fitness programing through our website at home. However, like other businesses with similar practices in place, you must fully comply with our policy to participate in indoor fitness/wellness.

I have a medical exemption that allows me to not wear a mask.

Thank you for sharing your exemption. We want you and those around you to feel comfortable at the Y. Please see a member of our
leadership team to further discuss your needs.

Will staff be required to wear face covering at all times, too?

Staff will lead by example with the latest order and wear face coverings at all times when they are interacting with the public and with each other.

How do these new rules regarding face coverings affect the pool areas?

Safety is our #1 priority in the pool and rescue-ready lifeguards and instructors in the water do not need to wear face coverings if they are in rotation.  Swimmers or water fitness participants do not need a face coverings when in the water but must wear one on the pool deck — and physical distancing is required in the pool.

Do I have to have a face covering on at all times during outdoor wellness/fitness programs?

We strongly encourage you to wear a face covering at all times while outside. However, for outdoor fitness/wellness programs it is not required as long as 6’ of social distancing is maintained.

Do I have to wear my face covering on a treadmill and while I’m doing heavy cardio?


What about youth sports?

Yes, all participants age 5 and older and parents must wear a mask at all times when indoors in our facilities.


Update as of 2:00 pm on September 4th

It’s time to get excited! Governor Cooper announced that our indoor fitness centers can soon reopen. We can’t wait to welcome you back inside, and we’re working hard to prepare our facilities while putting your safety first.

While we are excited to welcome members back inside, we recognize that the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 isn’t over. North Carolina’s YMCAs have spent 24 weeks preparing to reopen facilities responsibly to ensure the safety of our employees and participants. In an effort to keep our indoor numbers small, we plan to continue offering our exciting virtual and outdoor fitness opportunities, continuing requiring reservations for the pool and in person classes and delivering programs that improve spirit, mind and body.

The pandemic has hurt many, including our Y. Because of our donors and members who stayed with us, our Y has remained on the front lines, serving the most vulnerable members of our communities.

Hours Of Operation

Building Hours:
Monday – Friday:
6:00 am – 7:00 pm
7:00 am – 11:00 am
Sunday: Closed for cleaning
Pool Hours (reservation only): 
Monday – Friday
6:00 am – 6:00 pm
7:00 am -11:00 am
Sunday: Closed for cleaning
Fitness Center
Monday – Friday:
6:00 am – 2:00 pm
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
7:00 am – 11:00 am
Sunday: Closed for cleaning

Steps our members must take to ensure health and safety at the Y: 

  • You must sign a waiver prior to participating in any activities at the YMCA. Please click here for the waiver. Your barcode is the “A” number on the back of your card.
  • MASKS must be worn while in common areas of our building. Including, but not limited to, the lobby, hallways, locker rooms and restrooms.
  • You must enter and exit through our front doors. The rear entrance will not be open to members. 
  • Lap Swim and Group Exercise classes will continue to use the reservation system. Please call 336.249.2177. 
  • Due to the Governor’s Executive Order, our Fitness area will be limited to 15 people at a time. Members will be limited to 90 minutes in our Fitness area. 
  • Our Fitness Center is first come/first serve. Please be understanding of the 15 people limitation.