We missed you! It’s been hard to be away from the people we care about but thank you for staying home and doing your part to keep our community safe.
While we can’t predict how long the COVID-19 crisis will last, or whether it will be necessary to close facilities and programs again in the future, we are committed to doing whatever is necessary to ensure your safety.
As you have probably heard, the governor has now provided a timeline for when fitness centers and childcare centers will be permitted to open in the state of Ohio during this Covid-19 pandemic. Based on the state recommendations and current improvements underway in the facilities of the YMCA of Darke County, our opening is planned for June 1 in Greenville and June 4 in Versailles.
Temporary operating hours in Greenville will be:
Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
In Versailles, the hours will be:
Monday through Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
Both facilities will be closed on Sundays.
Admission during the month of June will be limited to members of the YMCA of Darke County age 14 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult member.
The safety and well-being of everyone in our community – especially our most vulnerable neighbors – is our top priority. We’re following guidance from health experts and local officials to determine the safest way to serve everyone in our community. We’re doing everything possible to ensure our facilities meet the highest standards for hygiene and safety, and we have modified our policies and programs to facilitate safe social distancing practices.
Facility entry: All members will be screened and have their temperature taken via touchless thermometer upon entry. Those with a temperature above 100.4°F or who are ill will not be permitted to enter. Face coverings will not be required while exercising but are strongly recommended whenever possible. Social distancing of six feet apart is to be maintained whenever possible.
All members will be required to check in to the facilities to ensure adequate contact tracing information should a Covid-19 case be found among active members or staff. Members will scan their membership cards at the Welcome Center or provide their information to the staff member on duty for check ins.
Children in the Child Development Center will be completely segregated from the rest of the facility, with entry permitted through the childcare entrance only.
Phase I: Starting June 1, the Greenville facility will reopen in a limited capacity. The Versailles facility will reopen June 4, also in a limited capacity. The YMCA will implement social or physical distancing practices in all operations during this phase by controlling the number of members permitted in the facilities, controlling traffic patterns, rearranging equipment and monitoring member activity. Strict cleaning and sanitizing protocols will be maintained by trained staff.
The strength, cardio and free weight rooms will be made available, by reservation only. Some cardio equipment is also being temporarily relocated to increase capacity available. These rooms are limited to members age 18 and up only, except for teens age 14 and up who have completed the required safety orientations or are accompanied by a parent.
Tennis and pickleball will be available during Phase I, also by reservation only. Members will be required to bring their own equipment to play, as no sports equipment will be made available to borrow by the YMCA.
Reservations may be made by calling in or by accessing your account online at ymcadarkecounty.org. The Greenville facility can be reached at 937-548-3777 and the Versailles facility can be reached at 937-526-4488. Staff will be on hand to answer phones, answer questions and take reservations from 9am-6pm beginning May 26. Reservations will be accepted without advance notice only if capacity is available for the desired workout area at that time.
Reservations will be for one-hour blocks of times for fitness rooms, with a half hour between time slots for staff cleaning. Time slots will be staggered to reduce the numbers of people passing through common areas at any given time and also to allow for cleaning. Tennis and pickleball reservations will be for 90-minute time slots.
Locker rooms will be closed during Phase I, so members may not change or shower in the facility. Bathrooms will be available. Touchless drinking fountains/water bottle filling stations are being installed and will be accessible.
Water Safety Week will be conducted virtually on the YMCA of Darke County Facebook page June 1-5 at www.facebook.com/ymcadarkecounty.
Through the month of June, group exercise classes will continue virtually through our Facebook page and on our website at www.ymcadarkecounty.org.
Coffee and popcorn will not be made available, and there will be no gathering permitted in the lobby. All other spaces of the facilities will remain closed in Phase I.
Facility access will be for members of the YMCA of Darke County only. No guests or Nationwide membership access will be permitted at this time.
As always, members are expected to wipe down equipment before and after use. Members are also asked to wash or sanitize hands before and after working out. Sanitation stations will be located in the fitness rooms and common areas.
Pools will reopen in Phase II, tentatively planned after July 4. Several ventilation and pool-related maintenance projects are currently underway in preparation for a safe opening of our aquatic spaces.
Any members who are not compliant with the new policies and protocols in place will be asked to leave the facilities.
Please note that any of these practices and procedures may be changed at any time if warranted by revised recommendations from state or local government or health officials.
Your partnership with us is invaluable to ensure our facilities maintain the highest standards for health and safety. We can’t wait to welcome you back!