COVID-19 Update | YMCA of Greater Saint John Set to Transition to Yellow Phase

Effective March 8, 2021, the Saint John Region (Zone 2) will have transitioned back to the Yellow Phase of the GNB COVID-19 Recovery Plan. Provided that our zone successfully transitions from Orange to Yellow, the YMCA of Greater Saint John will be implementing the following changes to keep you, our members, staff, and community safe and healthy.

Yellow Phase & Membership Protocols

Members are expected to self-screen for COVID-19 at home prior to entering any of our facilities. There will no longer be a screening desk. Please stay home if you are experiencing two or more COVID-19 symptoms.

Members must have their access cards or government-issued photo IDs to scan or sign in for contact tracing. You must also have a mask or full-face shield to enter the premises.

Members must still wear masks at all times, including in public spaces such as hallways, change rooms, and lobbies.

Masks may be removed while you are actively working out in your workout station or at your piece of equipment. Masks must be worn when moving between areas.

Your mask must be approved as per GNB Mask guidelines or be a full face shield and it must cover your mouth and nose. You will not be permitted entry into the Y without a mask.

Members must practice and maintain at least 2 metres/6 feet of physical distance between themselves and other members at all times.

Members of your Steady 15 Bubble will be permitted to participate in “bubble” programs with you (e.g. multiple individuals may participate in Bubble Gym or an Aquatics program at the Saint John Regional Y if they are in one another’s Steady 15 bubble but do not have the same address). You do not have to wear masks or maintain physical distancing in the immediate vicinity of someone who is in your bubble.

As a member, it is your responsibility, to be honest and careful about maintaining your Steady 15 Bubble to do your part in protecting public health. Also, please be mindful and respectful of your proximity to others and general hygiene practices to help prevent the spread of illness.

Our change rooms and showers will be open for use at the Saint John Regional Y and the Irving Oil Field House. You are expected to respect physical distancing, wear masks at all times when not in the showers, and sanitize all commonly used surfaces (e.g. locks, benches, shower stalls).

Seating will be available in the lobby at the Saint John Regional Y; however, staff and members will be required to sanitize all common surfaces before and after each use.

The lobby at the Irving Oil Field House will remain closed for the time being.

Members must exit the building by 2:00 PM for daily deep-cleaning so that we can sanitize our spaces. We ask that you factor enough time in your visits to change and exit the building in a timely manner. If you are using the lockers in our change rooms, they must be empty between 2:00 PM and 2:30 PM.

Program & Service Updates

Members must continue to wear masks at all times except when actively working out. You must wear your mask when travelling between pieces of equipment and workout areas. You must also sanitize all common surfaces and equipment before and after each use.

At the Saint John Regional Y, all lanes on the track will be open but members will need to wear masks as there is not enough room to maintain safe physical distancing without them (i.e. maintain 2 metres/6 feet of distance).

The track at the Irving Oil Field House will continue to accommodate users with alternating lanes for physical distancing. Masks are not required unless you are passing another member.

All and aquatics programs will resume with capacities reflective of the physical distancing requirements of the current COVID-19 recovery phase. Lane Swim is the only program that will require advance sign-up online and two people are permitted to use each lane. The rest of our aquatics programs are drop-in. Please be sure to check out our app and website for more information.

As a friendly reminder, all aquatics participants are required to shower prior to entering the pool.

Swim lessons will be restarting Sunday, March 14. There will be two sessions: (1) March 14 to May 2; (2) May 9 to June 19.

  • All participants who were registered for the winter session in January will be automatically rolled over to the March 14 start date. If you are not interested in participating, please email Amanda, Aquatics Coordinator, ( by Tuesday, March 9.
  • Swim lesson registration will open for all members on Wednesday, March 10.

All Sports & Recreation and Group Fitness programs will resume with capacities reflective of the physical distancing requirements of the current COVID-19 recovery phase. These programs require advance sign-up online. Please be sure to check out our app and website for more information.

Child Minding will not be returning during the Yellow Phase. We will keep you informed as soon as possible if and when we are able to resume this service.

YMCA Child Care is an essential service and all of our locations will remain open during the Yellow Phase. Any new guidelines set out by the Department of Education and early childhood developments will be communicated directly to our families.

Newcomer Connections will continue to serve its clients with a blended delivery of online and in-person programs and services.

User groups at the Irving Oil Field House are required by the government to operate with their own operational plans, which are separate from those of the YMCA. For example, members of these groups (e.g. sports teams) may not be required to wear masks when in play, which is permitted in their operational plan but is different from that of the Fitness Centre at the Field House (where masks are required).

You can rest assured that the Y, our user groups, and the government work together to ensure the health and safety of everyone in our community.