Addressing COVID-19

UPDATED 01/26/20 – Phase 4 Plan for the YMCA

UPDATED 11/19/20 – New Mitigation Plan for the YMCA


  • Track, Wellness Center, and Campus will remain open and operating at 25% capacity.
  • Due to that capacity, make sure you save a spot using our APP or calling the front desk.
  • Masks are required AT ALL TIMES throughout the building (even while working out).
  • Bathrooms ARE open, but locker rooms are closed.
  • More information coming on re-structured group exercise classes.
Monday-Friday ……. 5:00am-1:00pm & 2:00-7:00pm
Saturday …. 7:00am-4:30pm
Pre-registration suggested for use of weight room, cardio equipment, or indoor track.

UPDATED 8/24/20 – New Summer Hours for the YMCA

Child/Day Care


UPDATED 7/10/20 – New Summer Hours for the YMCA

The YMCA is rolling out new, expanded hours starting Monday, July 13th!
Please Remember
We are still only open for Members – No Guests at this time.
Members under the age of 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult.
Monday-Friday…….5am-Noon & 3-7pm
Saturday (beginning 7/18)….7am- Noon
No pre-registration required for use of weight room, cardio equipment, or indoor track.
SENIOR ONLY HOURS (for members 60+)
Wellness Center & Track
Senior Swim
Reserve your spot in SENIOR SWIM using our new mobile app or call us to make a group reservation at 309-692-7631.
No pre-registration required for use of weight room, cardio equipment, or indoor track.
Tues. & Thurs…………….2:30-3:30pm*
*100 swimmer capacity
**50 swimmer capacity
Reserve your spot using our new mobile app or call us to make a group or family reservation at 309-692-7631.
LAP SWIM HOURS – Long Course (50m)
Weekday Mornings……….5am-9:15am
Weekday Afternoons…….Noon-3:30pm
Reserve a lane using our new mobile app or call us to make a reservation at 309-692-7631.
LAP SWIM HOURS – Short Course (25y)
Tuesday & Thursday……..4-6:30pm
Reserve a lane using our new mobile app or call us to make a reservation at 309-692-7631.
We have over 40 classes available per week.
Reserve a spot in your favorite class using our new mobile app or call us to make a reservation at 309-692-7631.


The Greater Peoria Family YMCA will begin opening its outdoor pool for OPEN SWIM starting Monday, June 29. The YMCA has modified its Reopening Plan to include the limited opening of the pool, Wellness Center, and indoor track with strict health guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.


“We are happy to be opening our pool to our members again,” said Andy Thornton, CEO of the Greater Peoria Family YMCA. “We’ve been taking precautions all along to make sure that when we are allowed to welcome our members back, we can do so safely.”


Along with the pool opening there is a list of new developments at the Greater Peoria Family YMCA in PHASE 4 of Governor JB Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” plan.

New to the Y in Phase 4

  • OPEN SWIM – limited to 50 individuals, reserved in 1 hour blocks.
  • LAP SWIM – we have doubled our capacity for lanes. Now two (2) individuals may be assigned to a lane for lap swim and up to four (4) swimmers from the same household.
  • INDOOR GROUP EXERCISE – classes that have been available outside and online are now moving back indoors.
  • OUR WELLNESS CENTER IS OPEN – members can once again enjoy their favorite cardio equipment and our weight room.
  • INDOOR TRACK ACCESS – walking/running on our indoor track is back too.
  • OUTDOOR TRAILS – thanks to hard work and some great community partners new walking/hiking trails are now open (inquire at the front desk for trail head information).

Y Members should expect the following coming to the YMCA during Phase 4:

  • Online reservations are required for all activities (Aquatic Programming, Open Swim, Indoor Group Exercise, to access the Wellness Center and/or Indoor Track). Reservations are available 24 hours in advance by utilizing the same online system we have used for Outdoor Group Exercise – click here to see the schedule and to register.
  • OPEN SWIM – capacity is set for our pool at 50 individuals. You must reserve a spot for yourself and any members of your party. Individuals may register online by clicking here – to make multiple reservations we ask that you call our Membership Experience desk at 309-692-7631 between 7AM & 7PM, Monday-Friday.
  • The YMCA is only available to Y members at this time. No guests allowed. For information on membership please contact Alyssa Johnson at 309-692-7631 or stop in to see us.
  • Open Swim, Lap Swim, Wellness Center, and Track access are reserved in one hour blocks. Please avoid back-to-back booking to ensure we can serve as many members as possible.
  • Members must maintain social distancing throughout their visit to the YMCA & Y Pool.
  • Upon entry, Membership Staff will conduct temperature checks and ask COVID-19 screening questions – make sure to arrive early.
  • Members must wear a face-covering when entering/exiting the Y and when adequate social distancing is not possible.
  • Members visiting our Wellness Center will be provided with a spray bottle filled with sanitizer and a fresh microfiber towel. Members are asked to sanitize equipment before and after use.
  • Members are asked to come prepared to swim or workout. Locker rooms will not be available for changing. Bathroom access will be available and sanitized regularly.
  • No pool toys, inflatables, or floats allowed. Kickboards and fins are allowed.
  • Lifeguards and YMCA Staff will sanitize equipment, bathrooms, ladders, and other high-touch surfaces regularly.


Pool: 5a-6:30p
Phone-in Registration for OPEN SWIM: 7a-7p
Wellness Center: 7a-Noon & 3p-7p
Indoor Track: 7a-Noon & 3p-7p
Group Fitness: see the schedule
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Updated 5/28/20: On June 1st @ 7am the Greater Peoria Family YMCA will begin a phased reopening to members in accordance with Governor J.B. Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” plan.

On June 1st the Greater Peoria Family YMCA will enter Phase 1 of our Reopening Plan.

The Greater Peoria Family YMCA’s priority is to provide wellness facilities, programs and services in a safe and effective manner.  WIth this in mind, the YMCA’s reopening plan prioritizes the health and well-being of our members, staff, and the communities we serve – taking into account CDC guidelines and the recommendations of state and local government authorities. 

To ensure all decisions are informed by the most up-to-date and relevant public health information, the Y has commissioned a COVID-19 Reopening Task Force composed of the following professionals:
      • Anne Dierker –  Clinic Admin. UnityPoint
      • Kathy Schaeffer – Stellar Systems
      • Rev. Lyall Sutton –  Bethany Baptist Church
      • Greg Tudor, M.D. –  OSF Saint Francis
      • Nancy Wright – R.N. retired
      • Ellen Corbin – YMCA Dir. of Accounting/HR
      • Ryan Hinnen – YMCA Sr. Director of Mission Advancement
      • Alyssa Johnson – YMCA Director of Member Experience
      • Paul Larson – YMCA Sr. Programming Director
      • Andy Thornton – YMCA President/CEO

This team provides unique domain knowledge and guidance, unbiased perspectives, and critical thinking as the Y implements their Reopening plan.

The Y’s phased opening plan actualizes the following assumptions for operations as they relate to the global coronavirus pandemic and its local implications on public health:
      • Phases are not time-based and entering into a subsequent phase will rely on guidance from the CDC, Governor’s executive orders, the Peoria City County Health Department, as well as the Y’s confidence in enforcing compliance with all COVID preventative measures; phases may be modified and revised as guidance changes.
      • Social or physical distancing means maintaining a minimum distance of at least six feet between individuals and preventing large gatherings.
      • Meeting health and community needs will be balanced and focused on preventing the spread of COVID-19

Please note: the “phases” referred to in this plan are not intended to align with the phased reopening plans of state or local governments.  The Y’s phases refer only to its own internal reopening process.

Phase One reintroduces our community to utilizing the YMCA under new COVID-19 restrictions per the “RECOVERY” phase of the Governor’s “Restore Illinois” executive order.  The YMCA’s Phase One limits activities to only outdoor Group Exercise classes and indoor individual workouts under the supervision of YMCA Member Experience staff.

The YMCA will implement social and physical distancing practices in all operations during this phase by controlling the number of members who participate in group exercise outdoors through the use of advanced sign up for a limited schedule.  Virtual classes will be contnue to be available through a new private Facebook group for Members Only.  To request access to the group, click here.

Outdoor class sizes will be determined by the physical space available – members may be required to bring their own equipment specific to the class.  YMCA staff will be monitoring and enforcing social and physical distancing protocol and policies.

Summer Camp/Emergency Child care is available during this time.

Phase 2: To Be Determined based upon the guidelines set forth by the CDC, Governor’s executive orders, the Peoria City County Health Department, as well as the Y’s “COVID-19 Reopening Task Force”. More detailed information about Phase 2 will be released by June 15th, 2020.



The Greater Peoria Family YMCA will also continue to be engaged in a variety of community outreach initiatives including:
  • Senior Citizen Support – if you know of someone who may need help getting their groceries or prescriptions we may be able to help – please call 309-692-7631.
  • Meals for School Age Children – we are working with local school districts to provide healthy breakfast and lunch to children in our community who need them – this service is available at the YMCA, Monday – Friday, from 10am – 12:30pm.
  • Childcare – We are providing childcare to the children of first responders/medical/essential staff.  Details and registration are below.

Summer Camp/Childcare Information

The Greater Peoria Family YMCA will be providing childcare services to school age children (ages 5-12). This service is open to the public and will be available M-F, 6am-6pm.
      • Cost is $27/day for members & $37/day for non-members
      • Ages 5-12 only
      • If your child is sick or not feeling well, please keep them home. It will not only increase their chances of getting better sooner, it will decrease the chance of spreading germs.
      • Financial Assistance is Available
      • Space is limited


What about the pool?

Unfortunately the pool will not be opening during the YMCA’s Phase 1 Reopening.  We are prepping the pool for use this summer and anticipate being able to open when our region (2) moves into the next phase of the Governor’s plan.
According to the “Restore Illinois” plan, all outdoor recreation is allowed during the “Revitalization” phase.  To move to this phase from the “Recovery” phase the following must be in place:

Cases & Capacity: The determination of moving from [RECOVERY] to [REVITALIZATION] will be driven by the COVID-19 positivity rate in each region and measures of maintaining regional hospital surge capacity.  This data will be tracked from the time a region enters [RECOVER], onwards.
    • At or under 20 percent positivity rate and increasing no more than 10 percentage points over a 14 day period, AND
    • No overall increase (i.e. stability or decrease) in hospital admissions for COVID-19 like illness for 28 days, AND
    • Available surge capacity of at least 14 percent of ICU beds, medical and surgical beds, and ventilators

Testing: Testing available in region regardless of symptoms or risk factors
Tracing: Begin contract tracing and monitoring within 24 hours of diagnosis for more than 90% of cases in region

To review the entire “RESTORE ILLINOIS” plan please click here.

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