Masks required inside YMCA of Okanagan operated facilities

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In light of recent strong recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer around mask use in indoor public spaces, non-medical masks or face coverings to cover the mouth and nose will now be required to be worn when visiting all Y-operated health, fitness and aquatics facilities — including the Kelowna Family YMCA, H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre and the Downtown YMCA. 

The City of Kelowna recently announced its mask-wearing protocols in all city-operated facilities effective immediately. As a City of Kelowna partner operating two city-owned facilities, the YMCA of Okanagan’s pandemic management policies are closely aligned with those of the City.

“The health and safety of our Y community members remains our #1 priority,” expresses YMCA CEO Sharon Peterson. “We are in support of doing whatever we can to reduce the spread of this illness while also enabling our community members to remain active in a time when our personal health is paramount.” 

Masks will be required when entering YMCA of Okanagan facilities and programs and when moving through shared spaces like lobbies, hallways, changerooms and spectator areas. They will not be required while actively engaging in physical activity in the pool, fitness/conditioning rooms, gymnasium or multi-purpose rooms.  This applies to all staff, members, participants, and visitors except children 12 years and under and those with diverse abilities or medical conditions that prevent wearing a mask. 

Masks will be made available for facility users, who do not have a mask of their own, for a limited time. All users are reminded to stay home if feeling unwell. 

The YMCA of Okanagan continues to follow the lead of the Provincial Health Ministry and Interior Health to deal with the COVID-19 situation locally. This new requirement is in addition to safety protocols including physical distancing, directional signage, hand-sanitizing stations, plexiglass barriers and reduced room occupancies.

Learn more about our new mask-wearing protocol and other COVID-19 related health and safety guidelines.