The health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance. We follow a combination of CDC, state, county and Department of Human Services guidelines in our facilities and programs. As CDC recommendations change, we will continue to work with the Chester County Health Department to identify how these national guidelines should be applied to our community.

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Health & Safety Guidelines 

In light of COVID-19, we’ve made numerous modifications to our facilities, implemented new protocols and procedures, and retrained staff in the latest cleaning and disinfecting procedures to create the safest environment possible.

Below you will find our latest guidelines all need to follow, as well as detailed information on each area of our facility. Failure to comply is not an option. We need everyone to work together to ensure a socially responsible environment that aligns with our Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. 

We continue to encourage our community to practice good hygiene and to wipe down equipment and surfaces after contact. If you are feeling ill or exhibiting symptoms of COVID, please stay home.

  • Mask Wearing - Updated policy as of 2/14/22

    • Masks will be optional for YMCA members within our facilities while moving about the facility and when working out.
    • Masks will be optional for session- and season-based youth programs such as Child Watch, sports leagues and arts/humanities offerings beginning with the early spring session (2/21/22).
    • Mask requirements will remain for students enrolled in our Early Learning Centers and School Age Childcare programs as we must align policies with our licensing agencies. Please contact your program director with questions.
    • During these phases, masks will continue to be worn by all staff and in our licensed childcare spaces for those children 2 and up
    • Masks are optional outdoors


  • Member Code of Conduct - An updated Member Code of Conduct is in place to ensure we all work together to protect one another's health and safety.


  • Needle Point Bi-Polar Ionization (NPBI) Units - We've installed NPBI units which begin to neutralize viruses within minutes. Units are installed in the following locations:
    • Brandywine YMCA – Wellness Center
    • Jennersville YMCA – Wellness Center and Weight Room
    • Kennett Area YMCA – Weight Room, Cardio Room and Health Seeker Room
    • Lionville Community YMCA – Wellness Center
    • Oscar Lakso YMCA – Wellness Center
    • Upper Main Line YMCA – The fitness floor on the third level
    • West Chester Area YMCA – Wellness Center and HIIT/Small Group Training Room


  • Equipment - All must wipe down equipment before and after use using the disinfectant solution we provide.