UPDATE: Pools, Outdoor Fitness, Personal Training, more are OPEN!

July 8, 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 pools for lap swimming, personal training, outdoor fitness, child care, and summer camp! 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

AQUATICS: LAP SWIMMING

Greater Somerset County YMCA is excited to welcome members ages 16+ back to our indoor pools for lap swimming at Hillsborough YMCA, Somerset Hills YMCA and Somerville YMCA. By appointment onlyCheck our online schedules for daily lap swim hours and visit gscymca.org/appointments to book your lap swimming time!

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:

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.

SPORTS & RECREATION: OUTDOOR GYMNASTICS CLASSES

Greater Somerset County YMCA is excited to welcome youth members and participants back to the Y for outdoor gymnastics classes at Bridgewater YMCA. Being held outside at our beautiful Bridgewater YMCA green space, gymnasts work with Head Coach Rachel on basic conditioning, stretching, and skills development. Our Pre-Team and Levels 1-3 will combine on our spacious grounds for socially distant programming. Click here to view current classes and register today

WELLNESS: LIVE VIRTUAL CLASSES

Greater Somerset County YMCA adult members ages 18+ will virtually “check-in” to the Y to participate in all YMCA LIVE Group Exercise classes. Check our online schedules and join us online! Use your YMCA key fob number to virtually check in at gscymca.org/checkin and register for our live virtual classes with your favorite Y instructors.

WELLNESS: OUTDOOR GROUP EXERCISE

Greater Somerset County YMCA is offering Outdoor Group Exercise classes for adult members ages 18+ 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. Before visiting the Y for your class, use your YMCA key fob number to virtually check in at gscymca.org/outdoor and register for your class.

WELLNESS: PERSONAL TRAINING

Greater Somerset County YMCA is excited to offer individualized Personal Training sessions for adult members ages 18+ at Hillsborough YMCA, Somerset Hills YMCA, and Somerville YMCA. Our nationally certified personal trainers are ready to create an individualized program that will meet your specific needs and goals. By appointment only. Use your YMCA key fob number to virtually check in at gscymca.org/appointments and schedule your personal training session.

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!

 

 


STILL TO COME…

POOLS: BRIDGEWATER YMCA LAP SWIMMING

We are thrilled to reopen our indoor pools for lap swimming at this time at Hillsborough YMCA, Somerset Hills YMCA and Somerville YMCA. We are awaiting approval from local officials to do the same at Bridgewater YMCA. We look forward to communicating with members when approval is granted.

POOLS: AQUA EX, YOUTH, FAMILY, SWIM LESSONS

For all Greater Somerset County YMCA branches, capacity, distancing, and cleaning requirements prevent our aqua exercise classes, youth swim, family swim, and swim lessons from resuming at this time. We will keep members informed as new information is received and additional branches and aquatics program areas are permitted to resume.

INDOOR WELLNESS

Governor Murphy's Executive Order No. 104 remains in effect. We are eagerly awaiting any announcement permitting our indoor Wellness Center to reopen. Our Y leadership teams remain in constant contact with state and local officials and we will be ready for you when the time comes!

 

 


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. Learn more about what members can expect when visiting the Y at gscymca.org/whattoexpect.

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 2, 2020 - Personal Training @ Hillsborough YMCA, Somerset Hills YMCA, and Somerville YMCA
  • July 6, 2020 - Summer Camp @ Bridgewater YMCA, Hillsborough YMCA, Somerset Hills YMCA, and Somerville YMCA 
  • July 8, 2020 - Pools and Lap Swimming @ 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

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 safety and well-being of everyone in our community – especially our most vulnerable neighbors – is our top priority. 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. Learn more about what members can expect when visiting the Y at gscymca.org/whattoexpect.

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.
  • Make a Gift – In crisis, the Y is here for all. As our families are recalled to work, we recognize the profound economic impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had and continues to make on those who depend on the Y for quality child care. The Y offers financial assistance to qualifying members. Your gift today helps provide summer camp, early education, and more to support neighbors in need. Learn more and give today.