UPDATE: What is OPEN, what to expect when you visit the Y!

June 24, 2020

WELCOME BACK TO THE Y! 

We’re excited to announce that Greater Somerset County YMCA has begun to reopen our facilities and reactivate key programs including child care, summer camp, and outdoor group exercise! We’re thrilled these key program areas are resuming as COVID-19 restrictions ease and New Jersey progresses along its Restart and Recovery Plan.

 


WHAT’S OPEN RIGHT NOW AT THE Y

CHILD CARE: EARLY EDUCATION

Our Early Education Centers at Hillsborough YMCA, Somerset Hills YMCA, and Somerville YMCA have reopened to serve the youngest in our Y family! At the Y, parents can rest assured that the nation’s largest nonprofit child care provider is here to support your family, nurture your child’s potential, and help strengthen our community as we work to reopen, together! Learn more about child care at Y, supporting working families today and always and what parents can expect each day when leaving their children in the care of our Y staff.

WELLNESS: OUTDOOR GROUP EXERCISE

Greater Somerset County YMCA is hosting Outdoor Group Exercise classes for members at Bridgewater YMCA, Hillsborough YMCA, Somerset Hills YMCA, and Somerville YMCA. Check our online schedules and join us at the Y getting fit outside in the fresh air. We can’t wait to see you! Curious what to expect at Outdoor Group Exercise classes? See for yourself: Watch and see what Y members can expect and make the most of your visit to the Y.

WELLNESS: LIVE VIRTUAL CLASSES

Starting Monday, July 6th, Greater Somerset County YMCA members will virtually “check-in” to the Y to participate in all YMCA LIVE Group Exercise classes. Members will use the barcode number found on the back of the key fob they typically use when checking in at our branches. It’s easy! Visit gscymca.org/checkin to learn how!

WELLNESS: VIRTUAL PERSONAL TRAINING

Our expert personal trainers come to YOU through our Y’s Virtual Personal Training program. Trainers help you achieve your personal wellness goals through real-time feedback on form and progress. Learn more and get connected with a trainer ready to custom-tailor a fitness strategy that works for you!

 


STARTING MONDAY, JULY 6, 2020...

CHILD CARE: SUMMER CAMP

Ready. Set. Summer (again)! Our camp directors have been hard at work reimagining our summer camp program to create a safe, fun, and memorable summer for our campers. Curious what camp will look like this summer? Spoiler alert: It’ll feel like the familiar, fun, and exciting summer day camp experience you’ve come to expect from the Y! Visit each camp location below for the most up to date information:

 


STILL TO COME…

INDOOR WELLNESS & AQUATICS

Governor Murphy's Executive Order No. 104 remains in effect. We are eagerly awaiting any announcement permitting our indoor Wellness and Aquatics facilities to reopen, including our Wellness Center and indoor pools. Please know our Y leadership teams remain in constant contact with state and local officials. 

 


AT THE Y, SAFETY FIRST

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.

STAY INFORMED

We promise to continue to keep you updated regarding the status of our facilities and programming via our website, email, and My Y Alerts text messaging. Thank you for your continued patience, membership, and support of our Y. We’re so happy to welcome you back!

TOGETHER, WE’RE A BETTER US.





FAQs

We understand that you may have additional questions and are happy to answer a few of them right here: 

 

Q: What is open? What in-person programs and services can Y members participate in at this time?

A: New Jersey’s Restart and Recovery Plan has entered Stage Two! Governor Murphy’s recent executive orders have permitted the following Y programs and services to resume on the following dates:

  • June 8, 2020 - Outdoor Group Exercise Classes @ Bridgewater YMCA, Hillsborough YMCA, Somerset Hills YMCA, and Somerville YMCA (all with local health department approval)
  • June 15, 2020 - Child Care @ Hillsborough YMCA, Somerset Hills YMCA, and Somerville YMCA
  • July 6, 2020 - Summer Camp @ Bridgewater YMCA, Hillsborough YMCA, Somerset Hills YMCA, and Somerville YMCA 
Q: What virtual programs and services can Y members participate in at this time?

A: We invite you to join us in whatever manner you are most comfortable. If that’s virtually, we have the following live and on-demand options for members to stay healthy and connected even while staying safe:

  • YMCA LIVE - Enjoy some of your favorite group exercise classes from our Y’s own instructors LIVE from the comfort of your home or anywhere
  • Healthy at Home - Our on-demand fitness options for all ages and abilities
  • Virtual Personal Training - Our expert personal trainers help you achieve your personal wellness goals through real-time feedback on form and progress 
  • Virtual Camp-at-Home with the Y - Camp-At-Home combines the Y’s fun and sense of adventure of camp with the safety of staying at home – or anywhere with an internet connection!
Q: As the Y reopens according to NJ’s Restart and Recovery Plan stages, will things be back to ‘normal’ again right away? If not, when?

A: For everyone’s safety, the Y will have new guidelines and processes in place as we reopen programming and facilities in stages, in accordance with New Jersey’s Restart and Recovery Plan. 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. The way we’ll interact with each other will be different, but at the Y, you’ll always be able to connect with people, improve your health and wellness, nurture your children’s potential and help strengthen our community. The safety and well-being of everyone in our community – especially our most vulnerable neighbors – is our top priority. 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.

Q: What has the Y done to prepare to reopen?

A: 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. Our skilled facilities teams at each of our branches, in conjunction with our outside cleaning companies, engaged in a thorough sanitizing deep clean of our facilities from top to bottom using hospital-grade disinfectants. Select other minor maintenance projects at our Ys have been coordinated or executed by our facilities directors at each branch. Our pools are still being maintained on a daily basis. The pool decks and locker rooms have been power washed. Staff are being educated and trained in new safety processes and procedures. Signage and markers are in place throughout our facilities to help support appropriate social distancing measures. You can be assured that your safety – and the safety of all our members, program participants, staff and volunteers – is our number one priority. As reopening dates are announced, we will be ready for you! 

Q: How can I stay informed?

A: We will continue to keep our members updated regarding the status of our facilities and programming via our website, email, and My Y Alerts text messaging. 

Q: How can I help?

A: As a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community, Greater Somerset County YMCA empowers everyone, no matter who they are or where they’re from, by ensuring access to resources, relationships and opportunities for all to learn, grow and thrive. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Y is needed now more than ever. Here’s how you can support the Y’s efforts in caring for community:

  • Curb Hunger – During these challenging times, local families and seniors are facing food insecurity. Donate food to local food banks. Collection bins are located at Hillsborough, Somerset Hills and Somerville YMCAs. Additionally, you can help stock the Little Food Pantries located at Hillsborough and Somerville YMCAs.
  • Volunteer - At the Y, you can always find a way to make a positive impact in our community: you can volunteer on our board, coach or mentor kids, teach a class, welcome members and visitors, help collect and distribute food to support the most vulnerable in our communities, and more. Where there’s a Y, there’s a way. Learn more.