Updated COVID-19 guidelines at YMCA of Greater Saint John

September 21, 2021 – SAINT JOHN, NB – As per the Province of New Brunswick regulations, proof of vaccinations for those 12 years of age and older, and wearing of masks is required at all YMCA of Greater Saint John facilities. This is effective at 5 a.m. on Sept. 22.

To access member services and programs at any YMCA of Greater Saint John facility, proof of your vaccination or medical exemption, is required. As well, face masks are required at all times inside the building and may only be removed when actively working out at your workout location in the fitness centre.

Proof of vaccinations and wearing of masks applies to all Members and visitors to the YMCA of Greater Saint John.

Memberships

Beginning on Sept. 22, we ask that our members bring their membership card, along with proof of vaccination and government issued ID, to be verified by our Welcome Desk staff. Members will have the option to consent to the YMCA noting on your membership that your vaccination status was verified, so that you will not be required to produce your vaccination proof each time you access the Wellness Facility, as long as your membership remains active. Your membership card will then give you access to the Facility gate. Alternatively, if you do not wish for this information to be recorded on your membership, you may bring your proof of vaccination and government issued ID to be verified at each visit. We will not maintain a copy of your proof of vaccination.

To be considered fully vaccinated it must be two weeks post your second dose shot before you will be allowed to use the facilities. Should you require your membership to be put on hold until that time, please reach out to our membership services team.

Guardians who are accompanying youth members to programs must be fully vaccinated and wear a face mask to be permitted entry.

We will recommend that all members keep a copy of their vaccination status on them as they could be required to produce proof by a government inspector.

You must wear a mask at all times in the building in the lobby, locker rooms, hallways, and elevators until you reach your workout area where you may remove your mask to work out, but must reapply to change machines, move locations, etc.

Non-members & Visitors

Non-members and visitors to the facility will be required to show proof of vaccination along with a piece of government issued ID each time they enter. Failure to produce both documents will result in you being denied entry.

Masks are required at all times in our facilities.

Child Care/After School

Parents will be required to show proof of vaccination before entering our child care locations. If not vaccinated, then they will not be able to enter and our staff team will bring their child to them. All parents are required to wear a mask while on site.

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All user groups and renters will be provided with our policy to ensure they are following the government regulation.  Groups will screen their own people.  Community visitors will need to carry vaccination records at all times and show proof to be allowed on site.

You must wear a mask at all times in the building in the lobby, locker rooms and hallways until you reach your workout area where you may remove your mask to work out, but must reapply to change machines, move locations, etc.

What is acceptable for proof of vaccination?

  • MyHealthNB record
  • Immunization record from an RHA clinic, pharmacy or Public Health
  • Photo or copy of an immunization record
  • Proof of vaccination from another jurisdiction

Medical exemptions

Please note that individuals who cannot receive a vaccine because of a medical exemption will be required to show proof of exemption signed by a health care provider along with government issued ID. This applies to members and non-members who are medically exempt.

Thank you for your cooperation

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our goal has been, and continues to be, to meet or exceed public health requirements to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19 and its variants. This includes additional sanitization and cleaning, hand sanitizing stations, and encouraging social distancing for infection prevention.

As one of the largest child care providers in New Brunswick and the provider of programs and services for children, youth, and other vulnerable populations that are not able to be vaccinated at this time, it is our duty to do all we can to provide safe and healthy spaces for all.

We ask that you be patient as there may be slightly longer delays in entering the facility while our staff verify vaccination records.

As always, we also ask that you are mindful and respectful of each other and of Y staff during this time and we thank you for your continued support as we work through this transition together.

Thank you to everyone for your continued commitment to the YMCA and to keeping our communities safe.