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.


UPDATE AS OF 1:30 P.M. on May 29th

Although things may look and feel a little bit different right now, it has never felt better welcoming our members back to the YMCA!

Our reopening plan is in accordance with state and local guidelines, as well as best practices from organizations such as the CDC and the NCDHHS. Our utmost goal is ensuring the health, safety, and well being of our members and staff.

As part of Phase 2 of Gov. Roy Cooper’s Executive Order, the Y and other indoor fitness centers are not allowed to open their entire building to general membership usage but we are pleased to welcome back the following programs: 

Outdoor Group Exercise Classes (reservation required. Please call 336.249.2177) Click here for the schedule

Lap Swimming (reservation required. Please call 336.249.2177) 

Water Fitness Classes (reservation required. Please call 336.249.2177) Click here for the schedule


Yesterday we learned that gyms will not be included in North Carolina’s Phase 2 of easing restrictions. We are disappointed because we know our wellness centers improve health and give us the opportunity to connect with people we care about. However, it’s the love we have for our members and communities that compels us to follow the path that our state has provided to reopen with safety at the forefront.
We’re grateful for your understanding and for the concern you’ve shared for our staff who stepped up during this pandemic to provide emergency child care, make wellness calls to people feeling isolated, deliver meals to children and organize blood drives. We remain grateful to our members and donors for continuing to StayWit Us.

UPDATE AS OF 7:00 p.m. on APRIL 27TH 

A month ago, our world changed. We are all in a very different place as individuals, as a community, and as a YMCA. It has moved us all to a new normal, pressed us in ways we couldn’t imagine, and forced decisions that we never thought we would have to make.

 A few weeks ago, we asked you to #StayWithUs, and because of your ongoing support, we have been able to help with the new challenges facing Lexington and Davidson County. We are grateful to all of our members who have stayed with us and fueled our efforts. To date, we have served over 10,000 evening meals to children and have provided essential childcare services for 19 families. 

Honoring Governor Cooper’s latest executive order, our Y remains temporarily closed. We are developing plans to serve members safely in alignment with state and local health authorities. We look forward to the day that we’ll get to see you back at our facilities.

 On behalf of our entire community, thank you for your support. We couldn’t do this without you!


UPDATE AS OF 7:00 p.m. on MARCH 27TH 

Thank you for your patience and grace as we communicate changes to our facilities and programs. It has been a complicated moment for everyone, and we appreciate you bearing with us.  Due to an Executive Order by Governor Roy Cooper, we will be closed until at least April 24th. 

In our YMCA we have a very transparent philosophy. We share and communicate with each other about happenings of the Y very openly. Today, very honestly, we are communicating with you, our membership base. 

From a facility standpoint, there are systems that we cannot shut down completely and must continue to pay for, and there are costs associated with opening the YMCA when it is safe to do so. At this point, we have taken every cost cutting measure to reduce expenses in our building. If we don’t have our membership base supporting us, it is possible that we won’t be able to financially recover from this pandemic. 

Right now, we need you to stay with us if you can. Here are some options:

Option 1: Continue your membership

This option will: Keep your membership active.

This allows us to: Maintain our current facility, be ready to open when it is safe to do so and be ready with staff and resources should the Y be called upon to provide a service to our community. If you choose this option you won’t need to do anything. 

Option 2: Change your membership to a YMCA Donation

This option will: Keep your membership active and allow you to use the payments as a tax deductible donation.

If you choose this option, please fill out this form.

Option 3: Freeze your account- Wait until you can enjoy the Y again.

This option will: Place your membership on hold until we reopen. Please know, the draft will resume on the 10th of the month we reopen. Please email if this is the option you choose.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please email


Thank you for being patient while we’ve worked on decisions and logistics behind the scenes. These are hard times for everyone with many unknowns and moving parts.

It is with your best interest in mind that we have decided to keep the J. Smith Young YMCA closed through at least March 31st. 

We know that our community relies on our YMCA not only as a place to be active and exercise, but also as a safe space where we can come together to build connections and find friendships. Now, more than ever, we need to band together to provide friends and families with the help and encouragement they need during these uncertain times. We are asking you to #StayWithUs as a cause-driven member so that we can continue our mission of strengthening community.

Ways we are taking action: Our YMCA has made ourselves available to our community partners to serve in any capacity that is needed. Our employees are working with school principals to potentially provide prepared meals for kids who need them. We are standing by for our health care workers and medical professionals who may have child care or other needs. We also are continuing to financially support our staff and their families by ensuring that they receive a paycheck until at least April 15th. 

How the Y wants to engage you: Our Y staff are actively planning ways to interact with all of our Y family via social media, our website and personal phone calls.  We have ideas to include ALL of our audiences, including those who want physical activity, those entertaining children, those who are home alone and need some social engagement, etc. Members also have access to on-demand exercise classes through Les Mills, which provides over 95 videos across 8 categories: including Youth Workouts, Training & Dance workouts, Post-Pregnancy Exercises, Quick HIIT Workouts and Technique shorts, and the Y360 YouTube Channel.

We cannot do this alone. We need the help of YOU, our Y family. The Y is a cause that strengthens our community and we hope you’ll continue to be part of this bigger movement. Your membership fees will allow us to continue to provide services that are most needed during these difficult times. We cannot control how the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold but, we can control how we respond to it. We understand that everyone’s needs are different and we seek to accommodate every request but we ask you to consider the choice to #StayWithUs and not cancel your YMCA membership. 

Again, thank you for the understanding that we’re all in this together, facing future days in the best ways we know how, knowing things may continue to change on a daily basis. We will continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC and Davidson County Health Department, but will do our best to open as soon as we can. We hope that you continue to #StayWithUs.


The past several days have been a roller coaster ride for everyone regarding the Coronavirus. We have been communicating with local health officials, the NC state Alliance of YMCA’s and following along with the information shared by the CDC and reading of our Governor’s decisions regarding the best course of action for our Commonwealth.

In response to this, we met with members of our Board of Directors and leadership staff to discuss the most prudent course of action for our YMCA’s immediate future.

As the YMCA is a cause driven organization and one of our causes is Social Responsibility, our volunteers decided the most socially responsible thing we could do is to close the YMCA and  suspend all Y programs, meetings and events until at least March 22nd. The reopening date is subject to change as the coronavirus impact continues to develop.

This decision was not arrived at lightly as we take the value we provide to our community, members, guests, program participants and staff very seriously. Since we are one of the largest community gathering places in our town, we felt it would be socially responsible to close and not facilitate gatherings of large groups of people. We will continue to monitor the situation and respond accordingly. 

During the time we are closed we will take advantage of that time to do a number of things:

  • Thorough cleaning of our facility and equipment
  • Address minor mechanical issues throughout the facility 
  • Support other community organizations as needed
  • Evaluate additional opportunities to improve the YMCA and our cleanliness during this time.

We ask that you continue your membership so that we can support our community. Join us in creating a historical demonstration of how we came together and served those who needed us the most. Let us tell the story of the “meaningful” ways in which we responded. Let that be the story that is told.   

If you have any questions during this time, please feel free to call (336-249-2177) our front desk between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and our staff will answer your questions to the best of our ability.

We appreciate your understanding and support during this unusual time as we do our best to do our part.