Amenities at several YMCA locations throughout Greater Houston, including the one that serves the Garden Oaks, Oak Forest and Heights areas, will resume operations in a limited capacity on June 1.
Outdoor group exercises, lap swimming, childcare for essential workers and summer day and teen camp will reopen to the public at the Harriet and Joe Foster Family YMCA, located at 1234 W. 34th St.
All centers will comply with orders and safety recommendations set forth by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local officials, according to a news release from the YMCA of Greater Houston. During the initial reopening phase, safety measures to be implemented include, but are not limited to:
- There should be 10-12 feet between outdoor exercise participants
- Chemical checks conducted in aquatic environments every hour, sanitizing pool decks daily and regularly cleaning touchable surfaces
- Members will be required to register for classes online and check in upon arrival
- Members are encouraged to wear facemasks while checking in and waiting for their activity to begin, and a majority of staff will be required to wear facemasks
- Lockers, showers and changing facilities will not be available, but toilet facilities will be available for use
- Community water fountains and bottle fillers will be closed
- Members should bring their own towel and yoga mat, and will be temperature checked upon entry
Rules for summer camps will include:
- Restricted access to childcare/camp spaces to only staff and participants
- Small group sizes with a significantly reduced capacity for the entire camp program and social distancing throughout the entire program
- Separate rooms for each group of children with the same staff each day
- Multiple temperature checks and health screenings each day
- Scheduled handwashing and access to hand sanitizer as well as increased cleaning and disinfecting processes
For more information, call the YMCA at 713-869-3378 or visit ymcahouston.org.