What to Expect at our Wellness Centers



Greater Somerset County YMCA is excited to welcome members ages 16+ (13-15 with a parent*) to socially-distanced indoor fitness on our cardio equipment, free weights, strength training machines, and more in our Wellness Centers at the following branches: Hillsborough YMCA, Somerset Hills YMCA, and Somerville YMCA. *Parent must be present in the Wellness Center with their 13-15-year-old.

**IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR MEMBERS** Visits to the Y’s Wellness Centers no longer require an appointment starting Monday, October 5th at 5:00am. Join us at the Y when convenient for your schedule! 

We will continue to monitor capacity within our Wellness Centers to ensure we adhere to all state-mandated guidelines and capacity limits.



We all have an important role to play in the health and safety of our Y community. We’ve implemented some new policies and procedures in the interest of looking out for everyone’s safety. Be ready to go and make the most of your visit to the Y when you know What to Expect:

  • Come prepared in appropriate fitness attire with your own water and towel, if necessary, in a gym bag that will stay with you at the Y at all times—no lockers/cubbies at this time
  • Arrive at the Y and put on your face mask/covering as you exit your vehicle  
  • Head to the main entrance for member check-in to have your temperature taken, hand sanitize, and answer a few simple questions 
  • Proceed to your preferred equipment/workout space
  • Maintain 6-foot distance between you and other members at all times
  • Your mask must remain on while inside the facility, including while working out
  • Wipe down equipment prior to use using provided disinfectant wipes available throughout our Wellness Center
  • Enjoy your workout!
  • Wipe down equipment when finished using provided disinfectant wipes
  • Follow the directional signage to exit—being mindful to maintain distance from other members—and depart to your vehicle  
  • Thanks for coming to the Y and we’ll see you soon!




See what members like you can expect at each of our branches offering Indoor Fitness at our Wellness Centers:




Visit gscymca.org/whattoexpect and learn more about what the Y is doing and what all members and participants will do to help ensure a safe experience for all. Together, we’re a better us.


As we continue to reopen our doors in conjunction with the phases of New Jersey’s Restart and Recovery Plan, please be assured that your safety – and the safety of all our members, program participants, staff and volunteers – is our number one priority. We’re following guidelines from health experts and local officials to ensure that our facilities meet the highest standards for hygiene and safety, and we have modified our policies and programs to facilitate safe physical/social distancing practices.


Note: The information on this page is subject to change at any time as new information and resources become available.





Q: At which branches can members enjoy indoor fitness in the Y’s Wellness Centers?

A: All Greater Somerset County YMCA Wellness Centers are open for socially-distanced use of cardio equipment, free weights, strength straining and more. Branches with Wellness Centers include Hillsborough YMCA, Somerset Hills YMCA and Somerville YMCA

Q: When is the Y open for members?

A: Our Wellness Centers at Hillsborough YMCA, Somerset Hills YMCA and Somerville YMCA are open daily for members! Below are our new modified hours of operation:

  • Monday to Friday 5:00am - 8:00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 7:00am - 1:00pm

Q: Is there a limit to how many people may be in the Y building?

A: Yes, each part of our YMCA facilities are operating under a temporary revised maximum occupancy as mandated by state and local officials.

Q: Do I have to make an appointment before visiting the Y?

A: At this time, members looking to utilize our aquatics facilities for lap swimming and/or our indoor group exercise classes must book an appointment at least one hour in advance. This is in order to accommodate as many members as possible within mandated maximum capacities. Members make their appointment by visiting: https://gscymca.org/appointments

Q: Why ages 13-15 with a parent?

A: For the health and safety of all, the Y presently requires all 13-15-year-olds utilize the Wellness Center with a parent accompanying them for the duration of their visit. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation as we work to reopen our facilities to as many members as possible within current state and local official guidelines.

Q: I have a 19-year-old child on our family membership. Can my 13-15-year-old visit the Wellness Center with them?

A: Yes. Any legal adult age 18+ that is an active member on your family's membership unit may accompany your 13-15-year-old to the Wellness Center.

Q: How long may I stay at the Y during my visit?

A: Members may work out in the Wellness Center for as long as they like.

Q: Are locker rooms open?

A: Locker rooms have reopened at Bridgewater YMCA, Somerset Hills YMCA, and Somerville YMCA for lap swimming members ONLY at this time. State-mandated capacity limits currently prohibit the Y from reopening locker rooms to all members. At select branches, a limited number of cubbies/storage for belongings in the Wellness Center are available. Members should enter the Y ready to work out in appropriate fitness attire and carry their belongings in a small gym bag that stays with them.

Q: Are restrooms open?

A: Yes, but restrooms are NOT to serve as changing areas.

Q: Are water fountains available?

A: Yes, but only for the purpose of refilling reusable water bottles.

Q: Is Kidz Korner babysitting open?

A: No. To comply with mandated maximum occupancies, we have reserved all facility access to members visiting to utilize our Wellness Centers and aquatics facilities for personal fitness purposes.

Q: Why are some services not available?

A: We’ve been carefully planning to reopen our facilities and reactivate key programs in the safest manner possible so you can access the services and support you miss and need the most. Some services like café/vending machine/coffee service will not be available until local health officials deem them safe to resume. Similarly, locker rooms, showers, and saunas will be temporarily unavailable and members will notice seating removed from common areas. These efforts are for the health and safety of all. 

Q: What safety measures is the Y taking to help protect members from COVID-19?

A: As we welcome the community back to the Y, we want to assure you that safety remains our top priority. Where there are no guarantees, the YMCA has put in place measures to keep staff and members safe. We have taken all steps recommended by state and local officials to ensure the safety of our members, program participants, volunteers and staff. This means things will look and feel a little different. When you come back to the Y, this is what you can expect: 

  • All members and staff will be screened before being allowed to enter the facilities
  • All staff will wear PPE and members are required to wear face masks/coverings as well
  • Hand sanitization stations are located throughout the building
  • Equipment is limited and signage is on the equipment and floors to distinguish 6 foot social distancing
  • Enhanced cleaning of equipment and spaces with higher frequency, please be patient if your workout has a short delay for cleaning

Learn more about what to expect when you visit the Y! Visit gscymca.org/whattoexpect 




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The Y will continue to offer live virtual fitness options for our members in addition to an ever-increasing lineup of in-person offerings at our branches—including outdoor group exercise! It’s all included with your Y membership. Your Y. Your way. We’re in this together!