COVID-19 Information

Health, Fitness & Aquatics Facility

February 24, 2022

On February 14, 2022, the Provincial Government made an announcement regarding further easing of public health measures, including lifting vaccine requirements for indoor recreational and fitness settings.

Starting March 1, members and visitors will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination to enter our facility.  Members are still required to scan their membership card upon entry. Visitors are still required to show government issued photo ID to enter the facility.

Capacity limits in our Health, Fitness & Aquatics facility will remain in place until further notice to ensure physical distancing can be maintained. Some programs and classes will continue to require booking in advance. Find our schedule here — programs marked with an asterisk (*) are drop-in, otherwise activities require booking in Active Net.

The health, safety, and well-being of our staff, volunteers, members, visitors and community is always our top priority.

We will continue to keep you up-to-date as we move forward. Thank you for your patience and understanding, and for your continued support.

Child Care and Licensed Child Care Camps

We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Ontario and we are following all Provincial orders. We’re also working closely with our Public Health unit to ensure the safety of all our staff and families that attend our child care or camps.

In response to past Province-wide shutdowns, Emergency Child Care has been made available for frontline working parents with school age children who qualify through the appropriate County Children’s Services at select YMCA Child Care locations. Once we receive County approval, we forward families a link to register. More information will be emailed to our school age families if Emergency Child Care is made available again. 

The Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario has directed all licensed child care programs to develop, implement and ensure compliance with a COVID-19 Immunization Disclosure and Testing policy. All current employees, volunteers, students in educational placements or any person who provides child care or other services within a YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce child care setting must provide proof of full vaccination or provide proof of vaccination exemption under the Ontario Human Rights Code; if unvaccinated, individuals must provide proof that they have completed an educational session approved by the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce and proof of negative results from regular rapid antigen testing prior to attending work. 

Successful candidates for new positions must show proof of being fully vaccinated with two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine plus 14 days or provide proof of vaccination exemption under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Since our Child Care Day Camp programs are operated in our Licensed Child Care Centres, there is no requirement for children to be vaccinated to attend these Day Camps.

Community Initiatives, Employment Services, and Settlement Services

Our Resource Centres in Owen Sound and Hanover are open to the public, no appointment needed. Staff are also available in Meaford, Markdale, Flesherton, Dundalk and Durham. Call 519-371-9222 to book an appointment for any of these locations.

We will continue to offer remote services by phone, text, email and virtually for those who prefer this option.

As of December 1, 2021, all YMCA employees, volunteers, program partners and student/learners in Community Initiatives, Employment Services and Settlement Services are required to be fully vaccinated (i.e. to have received both their first and second doses of a COVID-19 vaccine plus 14 days) or provide proof of vaccination exemption under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

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