Third Thursday 

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020

Hello All, 

The Tampa YMCA is thrilled to be welcoming back families and getting back to what we do best – helping people reach their full potential. Although it looks a little different, members are safely enjoying our child watch areas, family pools, youth sports clinics and swim lessons in addition to our wellness centers and group exercise classes. At the Y, we remain committed to keeping everyone who enters our doors safe. Following guidance from the CDC and government officials, these are the steps we are taking to ensure a healthy and safe environment:

Health Screening 

  • All staff have their temperature checked before entering.
  • Members are asked a series of wellness questions before entering. 

Masks & Social Distancing

  • Staff and members are required to wear face coverings indoors while not exercising.
  • With the help of floor markers and staggered equipment, staff and members are expected to maintain at least 6 feet of space from people not in the same household. 
  • Protective barriers and contact-free scanning systems are used for check in. 

Cleaning and Disinfection

  • All facilities are cleaned and sanitized throughout the day, using EPA-registered virus-killing disinfectants. 
  • Members and staff are asked to clean equipment between uses.

Hand and Respiratory Hygiene

  • All staff and members are encouraged to practice good hand and respiratory hygiene by frequently washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes. 

At the same time, the Y understands and supports those who aren’t ready to return yet. We will continue to offer free Virtual YMCA fitness classes, youth and family activities and at-home resources for you and your family.

Staying active is key to staying healthy during this pandemic, which is top of mind this September as it is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. If unchecked, obesity puts kids at risk for many chronic diseases seen in adults such as high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. 

As a leading voice in health and wellness, the Tampa Y offers programs like youth sports, swim lessons and family fitness classes. We help kids find activities they love so they can build lifelong healthy habits. Learn more about our healthy living programs. 

September is also National Voter Registration Month. At the Y, we believe registering to vote is a first step in civic engagement and a key component in connecting individuals to their communities. Voting is associated with a host of positive benefits for both community members and nonprofit organizations like the Y. According to The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, voters are more likely to volunteer, contact their elected officials and stay informed about local affairs. It also helps strengthen social ties and improves health. As a nonpartisan nonprofit, we are committed to helping individuals and communities across Tampa Bay prepare for Election Day on November 3. We’ve put together a new ”Your Voice. Your Vote” webpage to help eligible voters register to vote, check voter registration status, request vote-by-mail/early voting, and/or find where to vote in their county.

The Y has a long, proud history of promoting civic engagement. It is an essential part of our work to strengthen communities, and we have an important role to play. Look forward to seeing you at the polls!

With appreciation, 

Matt Mitchell
President & CEO