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The way we interact with each other is different these days, 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.

For the safety of everyone at the Y, we are following extensive safety protocols in our programs and facilities.

The YMCA of Central Kentucky frequently reviews new guidance from health officials and government leaders to determine if any changes need to be made to our established safety protocols.

Per the Governor's current executive order:

  1. Our facilities are limited to 50 percent of normal capacity.
  2. mask/face covering must be worn in all areas of the facility during all hours of operation. Only exception is when in the swimming pool. Required during group programming and exercise.

What does this mean for you? Check out our frequently asked questions and details on Y programs and services below. 

Hours of Operation 

Hours for C.M. Gatton Beaumont YMCA and Whitaker Family YMCA:

  • Monday-Friday: 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Hours for High Street YMCA, North Lexington Family YMCA, and Prevention Park YMCA:

  • Monday-Friday: 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

Hours for Frankfort YMCA at Kentucky State University Exum Center (Pool Only):

  • Monday-Friday: 6 a.m. - 10 a.m. and 4-7 p.m. 
  • Saturday: 8 a.m. - Noon
  • Sunday: Closed 

What the Y is Doing 

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for All Staff: All staff will be wearing appropriate PPE.
  • Contactless Check-in: Members will be asked to self-scan to allow for limited contact entry.
  • Designed for Social Distance: All open areas inside the Y have been evaluated and redesigned where necessary to help ensure social distancing between members. Signage will be placed prominently throughout the facility to drive awareness of this requirement.
  • Cleaning: In addition to sanitizing equipment by staff multiple times each day and the request of our members to wipe down equipment after use, the facility and equipment will be thoroughly deep cleaned and disinfected each day by using products and processes in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How We're Asking Members to Help Maintain Safety

  • Stay Home if You’re Sick: Members should stay home if they don’t feel well. The CDC and state public health officials encourage seniors and members of vulnerable populations, including those with underlying health conditions, to stay at home. If you are waiting for results from a COVID-19 test, please do not come to the Y. 
  • Bring a Towel, a Mask, and a Water Bottle: Members will be asked to bring their own water bottle and a workout towel (towel services will not be provided). Anyone in YMCA facilities (6+) must wear a face mask or covering at all times, even when exercising, with the lone exception being swimming.
  • Keep Your Distance: Please exercise on designated equipment only and respect all signage regarding social distancing. Strive to maintain at least six feet between you and others whenever possible.
  • Expect Reduced Capacity: Capacities have been set in our facility management software in accordance with current state guidelines. When you check in to the Y, your check-in will be added to the calculation of that YMCA's current capacity use. You can see how close to capacity the Y is by clicking here and viewing the current status for your location. At times of full capacity you will be asked to wait in a designated area until space is available. 
  • Remember to Wipe Down Equipment: Please help us reduce the risk of exposure by wiping down all equipment and weights with the provided cleaning materials.

Guidelines & FAQs

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Facility Guidelines and Procedures

What areas of the facility are open with restrictions?
  • Lobby
  • Locker Rooms
  • Wellness/Fitness Center
  • Indoor Pools (if applicable) 
  • Walking Track (if applicable)
  • Racquetball/Handball Court (if applicable)
  • Gymnasiums (if applicable) 
What areas and services of the Y are closed?

To ensure safety, a number of areas are temporarily closed and services/programs are suspended.

Closed Areas

  • Lobby and community seating areas. Some of our seating has been removed and other seating will be physically spaced.
  • Coffee stations
  • Saunas, steam rooms, and whirlpools
  • Outdoor playgrounds will be available for Y programs only
  • Youth Activity Centers will be available for Y programs only
  • Towel services (if applicable)
  • Lock services (if applicable) 
What should I bring to the Y?
  • Please bring a mask, workout towel, water bottle and lock to secure items if using locker room.
  • Everyone in the facility must wear a mask or face covering at all times, even when exercising, with the lone exception being swimming
How will the Y manage capacities?

Capacities have been set in our facility management software in accordance with current state guidelines. When you check in to the Y, your check-in will be added to the calculation of that YMCA's current capacity use. 

NEW: You will need to check out with member services when leaving the Y.

You can see how close to capacity the Y is by clicking here and viewing the current status for your location.

Do I have to wear a mask?

In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, state health and government orders, and support of community public health, anyone in YMCA facilities must wear a mask/face covering at all times, even when exercising, with the lone exception being swimming.

  • People with breathing issues that could be exacerbated by wearing a face covering or people who are “unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance” should also not wear a mask according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please notify staff at our front desk if this applies to you.
  • Deaf and hard of hearing people and any caregivers they may have who rely on lip-reading for communication may need to skip the mask in some situations, and “some individuals with developmental disabilities, sensory integration concerns or tactile sensitivities, certain mental health conditions, or limited cognitive ability may have a negative reaction to wearing a cloth face covering.” Please notify staff at our front desk if this applies to you.
  • Masks should not be worn while swimming in the pool.
  • Masks are required on the pool deck for those 6 years through adult.
  • Children in any of our programs 5 years-old and under do not need to wear masks. 
  • Children 6 years and older will be required to wear a mask while in Kids Corner. 
  • Anyone eating or drinking do not need to wear masks but need to keep proper social distancing from others while doing so. 
  • Should you forget a mask, the Y has a limited supply available.
What if I forget my mask or face covering? Do you have any available?

Should you forget a mask, the Y has a limited supply available. Please ask upon entry. 

I put my membership on hold, how do I reactivate it?

Ready to come off hold? Please know that the YMCA will draft your dues within 24-48 hours of the reactivation of your membership. To come off hold, please complete our online release form. If you have any questions about, or changes to your membership, email or call your local Y with questions.

Can I bring a guest or visit from another Y?

We are allowing guests of YMCA of Central Kentucky members only at this time. Nationwide membership reciprocity is not permitted at this time.

Are you offering alternatives for members during these restrictions?

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have created a robust virtual experience loaded with fitness content for our members of all ages and abilities to use at home. Visit our Virtual YMCA page for live streamed classes and on-demand workouts to get your blood pumping and your body moving at home!


Are pools open?

Indoor pools are open at the following locations: C.M. Gatton Beaumont YMCA, High Street YMCA, Frankfort Downtown YMCA, North Lexington Family YMCA, and Whitaker Family YMCA.

The outdoor pool at the C.M. Gatton Beaumont YMCA and outdoor splash pad at the Whitaker Family YMCA are both closed for the season.

Indoor pool hours are listed below:

C.M. Gatton Beaumont YMCA 
Indoor Multi-Use Pool  
Monday-Friday, 5:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 6 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Indoor Warm Water Pool
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 5:30-9 a.m., Noon - 1 p.m. - Reserved for Individual Water Exercise
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 2-7:30 p.m. - Open Swim
Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30-9 a.m., 10 a.m. - Noon and 1-2 p.m. - Reserved for Individual Water Exercise  
Tuesday and Thursday, 2-4 p.m. and 7-7:30 p.m. - Open Swim 
Saturdays, 6 a.m.-5:30 p.m. - Open Swim 
Sundays, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. - Open Swim 
Warm Water Pool has a max capacity of 15 swimmers at a time

High Street YMCA 
Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. and 3-6:50 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

North Lexington Family YMCA 
Monday, 5:30 a.m. - Noon and 4-6 p.m.
Tuesday, 5:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 2-5 p.m.
Wednesday, 5:30 - 11 a.m. and 2-6 p.m.
Thursday, 5:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 2-5 p.m.
Friday, 5:30 - 11 a.m. and 4-7 p.m.

Whitaker Family YMCA
Indoor Pool
Lap Swim: Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-7:45 p.m. (lap lane availability may vary based on programming in lap lanes; check schedule for number of lanes available)
Play Area: Monday-Thursday,10 a.m.-2:50 p.m. and 4-7:45 p.m. (4-7 p.m. big slide open); Friday, 10 a.m.-7:45p.m. (4-7 p.m. big slide open);
Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. (big slide open)

Frankfort YMCA at Kentucky State University Exum Center Pool
Monday-Friday, 6-10 a.m. and 4-7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. - Noon

Is lap swimming available?
  • Yes. Lap swimming is available at the C.M. Gatton Beaumont YMCA, Whitaker Family YMCA, Frankfort YMCA at KSU Exum Center, High Street YMCA, and North Lexington Family YMCA.
  • Please be courteous and limit your swim time to one-hour, when others are waiting.
  • Lap lanes are single swimmer only. Two swimmers max per lane for household members that self-identify as family. During busier swim times, swimmers may experience some wait time for the next available lane.
What changes can I expect in the pool area?
  • Consistent cleaning of high-touch points - railings, ladders, door handles, and seating areas.
  • Pool seating will be spaced 6 feet apart.
  • Adhere to social distancing - at least six feet apart from others not in your household at all times.
  • Wash/sanitize hands before entering aquatics area.
  • Clean off your seating area/table before and after use (supplies available on site).
  • Reservations will not be required. The Y will follow pool capacity requirements for each area, which may require waiting until other members leave the pool before you will be able to enter the pool area.
Are swim lessons available?

Group swim lessons and private swim lessons have resumed with limited capacities per class. To find a class, visit our program registration page.

Are you offering any water exercise classes?

Yes. These classes have resumed with reduced capacity. To view class schedules, visit our schedules page.

Locker Rooms

Will the locker rooms be available?

Yes, the following protocols will be put in place:

  • There will be reduced locker availability to ensure 6 feet of distance between lockers.
  • Toilet area will be open for use.
  • Sinks will be open for use.
  • Showers will be open for use.
  • Mask/face covering must be worn while in the locker room (only exception is while showering)

Basketball Gymnasium/Racquetball/Pickleball

Will the basketball gyms be open?

C.M. Gatton Beaumont YMCA, High Street YMCA, North Lexington Family YMCA and Whitaker Family YMCA basketball gymnasiums are open. Child care has priority Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. as scheduled.

  • See schedules on website/mobile app for the most up-to-date days/hours availability


  • Must wear a mask/face covering at all times.
  • Please social distance 6 ft apart.
  • Must bring own equipment (basketball/soccer ball/volleyball, etc.).
  • Please follow any capacity guidelines set forth by the Y you are attending.
  • It is recommended that you wash your hands before and after gym time.
  • Please follow all other guidelines for the basketball gym.
Are racquetball courts open?

The High Street YMCA racquetball courts are now open for individual use only. Call 859-254-9622 up to four days in advance; reservations can be up to two hours at a time.

Will Pickleball be offered?

Yes. Pickleball has resumed with reduced capacity. Please refer to our schedules online or in the app to view available class offerings.

Fitness/Wellness Centers

What changes can I expect on the fitness center floor?
  • Equipment will be spaced, marked or alternated to meet physical distancing requirements. 
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols are occurring. 
  • Cleaning stations of disinfectant spray and wipes will be available to encourage cleaning of equipment before and after use. 
  • We've invested in electrostatic disinfectant sprayers to clean equipment multiple times each day.
Will the cardio equipment be available?

Yes, cardio equipment will be available and marked with signage to meet physical distancing requirements. A mask/face covering must be worn while exercising. 

Will free weights, weight machines, and other strength training equipment be available?

Yes, members can use strength training equipment. We ask that all members wipe down the equipment before and after use. A mask/face covering must be worn during exercise.

What are you doing to clean the cardio and strength training equipment?

Fitness center staff will circulate and sanitize machines and equipment with electrostatic disinfectant sprayers after member use regularly throughout all hours of operation. We are also asking members to clean their own equipment before and after each use. 

Will personal, group training, and Pilates Reformer be available?

Individual and buddy personal training and Pilates Reformer has resumed. Group personal training is not available at this time. 

Are walking tracks open?

Yes, the walking tracks at C.M. Gatton Beaumont YMCA, High Street YMCA, Prevention Park YMCA, and Whitaker Family YMCA are open. Physical distancing and mask/face covering requirements are expected.

Group Exercise Classes

Will group exercise classes be offered?

Group programming including group fitness classes, water fitness classes, and swim teams have resumed with reduced capacity. In addition, pickleball and racquetball have also resumed. Please refer to our schedules online or in the app to view available class offerings.

Can I hang out and socialize after my workout?
  • While we understand that connecting with others is an integral part of the Y experience, we also have to balance that with our need to be safe. 
  • We have removed community seating areas outside of studios. 
  • Members are more than welcome to continue visiting outside the Y at a safe distance.
Are you offering group exercise classes virtually?

Yes, we are offering classes each week via our Virtual YMCA. You will need your member barcode to check-in to view the schedule and get links at home workout classes. 

Kids & Teens

What programs and/or areas are available to youth?

Youth are free to access our pools and fitness centers (if age requirements are met). Family events offered will include social distancing and cleaning protocols. 

Will outdoor playgrounds be open?

Our outdoor playgrounds are temporarily closed at this time to members. These are being used for child care programs only; weather permitting.  

Is Kids Corner open and what should I expect?

Kids Corner is open with the following hours and policies/guidelines.

C.M. Gatton Beaumont YMCA
Monday - Saturday, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Whitaker Family YMCA
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - Noon (Cleaning Break: 9:30-9:45 a.m.)
Monday-Thursday, 4:30-7:30 p.m. (Cleaning Break: 5:45-6 p.m.)
Saturday, 7:45 a.m. - Noon (Cleaning Break: 9:45-10 a.m.)

High Street YMCA, North Lexington Family YMCA, and Prevention Park YMCA Kids Corner is temporarily closed until further notice. 


  • Children may only come for one time slot a day.
  • Please plan to arrive a few minutes early if you need to make any changes to your account such as taking your membership off hold, adding a new child or getting scan tags for kids.
  • We will take your child(ren)'s temperatures at check-in (must be lower than 100.4 to be able to enter Kids Corner and have no COVID-19 symptoms)
  • Parents will not be able to leave the following in Kids Corner or in the drop-off/pick-up area: diaper bags, strollers, blankets, etc. from home.
  • We ask parents to bring diapers/wipes and a change of clothes in a clearly labeled large clear plastic bag.
  • No food, bottles, etc. allowed.
  • Policies are subject to change at any time.

Youth Sports

Will there be youth winter basketball leagues?

Youth basketball leagues will be returning at several of our YMCA locations beginning Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Leagues will be played on weekends. Day and times by location are listed below: 

C.M. Gatton Beaumont YMCA 
Fridays, 6:15 - 8:30 p.m. through Feb. 19 
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Feb. 20 

High Street YMCA 
Sundays, 1- 4:45 p.m. through Feb. 21 
(YMCA facility closed to members on this day

Whitaker Family YMCA 
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. through Feb. 20 


What general health and safety guidelines will be followed?

Please be ensured that the safety of our participants, volunteer coaches, employees, spectators and members in our facilities is our top priority. You can view our return to play guidelines by location by clicking on the links below.

C.M. Gatton Beaumont YMCA

High Street YMCA

Whitaker Family YMCA