Welcome Back to the South Shore YMCA

South Shore YMCA Branches to Reopen in Phase 3 – Monday, July 6!

We are so excited to welcome you back to the South Shore YMCA! Our Emilson YMCA in Hanover and Quincy YMCA facilities are planning to reopen for membership on Monday, July 6, the start of Phase 3 of Governor Baker’s Reopening Massachusetts plan.

  • Emilson YMCA
  • Quincy YMCA
  • ZoneWellness will not be reopening. Zone Members are welcome to our Emilson or Quincy branches.

Reopening With Care

We’ve prepared a safe environment to welcome you back, which means implementing new guidelines for facility and equipment use. As we reopen, some of the first changes you will experience are indicators for healthy physical distancing, the spacing of fitness equipment, ample access to hand sanitizer and sanitizer stations, and significant disinfecting of equipment and activity areas throughout the day. As well, we will deliberately phase in areas and amenities of low risk as we grow back to full capacity.

Massachusetts COVID-19 Reopening Standards for Wellness & Fitness Centers

Membership Activities Available by Reservation

We are excited to resume some of your favorite Y membership activities, and we’re doing it safely, in full compliance with national, state and local guidelines. To comply with state capacity and physical distancing regulations, an online reservation will be required for these activities each time you visit:

  • Group Exercise Classes – Inside and Outside
  • Indoor Lap Swimming
  • Outdoor Center Pools – Lap Swimming and Family Swim
  • Playroom

Schedules Step-by-Step Reservation Guide


To protect one another, every time you visit the Y, you be asked to self-certify that the following is true before entering our facilities:

  • I have not had a cough or fever for 14 days
  • I have been Covid-19 symptom-free for 14 days
  • I agree to maintain physical distancing wherever possible
  • I agree to clean any equipment I touch immediately after use
  • I agree to wear my own mask/mouth & nose covering during my visit
  • I will sanitize my hands upon arrival and during my visit

Reopening FAQs

When are the Quincy and Emilson YMCA branches opening?

On Monday, July 6, when Phase 3 of Governor Baker’s Reopening Massachusetts Plan begins.

Is ZoneWellness opening at the same time?

ZoneWellness in Norwell will not be reopening. Zone members are welcome to use Emilson or Quincy YMCA branches through the end of 2020 at their current ZoneWellness rate.

Will you have reduced hours?

Yes, but only slightly. To allow time for proper deep cleaning and nightly sanitization of our facilities, we will be open under a slightly reduced schedule. See our location pages at or for hours of operation.

Will I have to reserve/schedule a time to visit the Y?

Yes. Per state guidelines, online reservations are required for Group Exercise Classes, Lap Swimming, Individual Workouts/Fitness Floor and Playroom.

Will I have to wear a mask?

Yes, members will be required to wear a mask when you enter the building.  Some exceptions apply, such as swimming, children under 2 years old and certain medical conditions.

How will I sign/scan in?

Members will be asked to stand outside, 6 feet apart, as we quickly prescreen members with a Self-Certification process. Once you pass prescreening, you will be asked to sanitize your hands and scan your own card at the front desk.

Will you run group exercise classes once we enter Phase 3?

Yes, we will run a schedule of classes. All group exercise classes will be conducted in our field house / gymnasium, outside (weather permitting) or other spaces to allow for physical distancing. Our traditional fitness studios will be reserved for personal training and small group training. You must make a reservation to participate in group exercise classes at

What about physical distancing?

We have rearranged our equipment and facilities to allow for traffic flows and physical distancing wherever possible. We have made special accommodations for physical distancing during exercise and are taking numerous other safety precautions regarding COVID-19. We have displayed clear “RED MEANS STOP THE SPREAD” signage throughout the facility to help all members safely and easily navigate our new layouts, keeping a safe distance from one another. We are slowly opening parts of our Ys, in a limited capacity, as safely as possible.

What are your cleaning and sanitizing policies/procedures?

We have implemented new and enhanced cleaning programs and procedures, following all cleaning and sanitizing guidelines set forth by the CDC.

  • We have thoroughly cleaned and sanitized our facilities in preparation for your arrival.
  • Clear GREEN MEANS CLEAN signage will be visible throughout the branch to show you where increased cleaning and sanitization stations are located throughout the building.
  • With enhanced cleaning protocols, you will see staff cleaning constantly each day.
  • Members play an important role in keeping each other safe. Members must clean equipment before and after use, and be sure to wash/sanitize hands before each workout and throughout your visit.
  • Our Y will be professionally cleaned and sanitized each evening.
  • Air flow buildings through filtered HVAC systems introduces fresh air to the building all day/night

Can I bring a guest?

Unfortunately, no. Because facility access is limited, guests will not be allowed during this time. This includes Nationwide Reciprocity. Everyone is welcome to join the Y, however!

Are you accepting new memberships?

Absolutely! We will be accepting new memberships and our “Membership for All” program allows members to pay based on their current income situation.

What if I have been laid off from work?

Our “Membership for All” program allows members to potentially pay a reduced rate based on your current income situation.

What areas/amenities will be open?

  • Wellness/Strength Equipment – Spaced apart for physical distancing. Limited Capacity, by reservation only
  • Indoor Pools / Lap Swimming – One person per lane only by reservation
  • Outdoor Center Pools – Limited Capacity, by reservation only
  • Group Exercise – Available with limited schedule, limited group sizes and physical distancing in place. Held in gymnasium/field house and outdoors where possible. Reservation required.
  • Locker Rooms – Limited Capacity
  • Playroom – Limited Capacity. Reservation required.
  • Tennis – Private or Small Group by reservation
  • Personal Training & Pilates – Private or Small Group with reservation
  • Some Programs – TBA. Some programs may open with limited group size.
  • Gymnasium / Field House – Open with very limited free time. Primarily used for group exercise and day camp.
  • Spaulding Rehabilitation

When we reach Phase 3, what areas will remain closed?

These areas may be closed or repurposed when we reopen, but as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, we hope to bring things back soon.

  • Gymnasiums, field house and turf areas may not open for group sports. Gymnasiums are reserved for group exercise and camp as needed.
  • Whirlpools, saunas and steam rooms are closed until Phase 4.
  • Youth programs and other paid programs (group swim lessons, sports, Kids’ Night Out, Family Play Zone etc.) are not available at this time, but we are working to bring them back soon.
  • Other areas of your Y may be closed to adhere with physical distancing guidelines. These areas will be marked with clear signage.
  • SkyTrail indoor ropes course is reserved for camp and will not be available at this time.
  • Cafés will not reopen at this time.

Can I bring my children?

Yes. Children 2-6 years old are welcome at the Playroom. We have rearranged our Playroom spaces to keep children safe during their time. Reservations are required.

When will paid programs resume?

The Y will slowly reintroduce paid programs and other program needs based on guidance from our local Board of Health and what we feel we can accomplish safely. We will keep members informed every step of the way.

What happens if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19?

We are prepared for this. We will follow the steps mapped out by the Board of Health and will close the Y to perform a deep cleaning and inform members. We will reopen when allowed to do so by the Board of Health.




Kids need the connections and outdoor activity of camp now more than ever. So, we are pleased to reopen our Day Camps for the 2020 season on June 29, following all safety guidelines from the state and CDC while creating a fun camp experience for your child. And, We have extended our day camp hours to 5pm to accommodate working families. Our day camp capacity is limited this year in order to properly implement physical distancing and other restrictions, so reserve your space now by registering at


Our Camps Burgess for boys and Hayward for girls offer acres of outdoor spaces to spread out and enjoy the experience of camp with plenty of physical distance between smaller groups. Our overnight camps are currently at full capacity, but please contact our Vice President of Camping Services, Bruce Netherwood, with questions and waitlist information.

    Bruce Netherwood, VP of Camping Services,


Throughout the pandemic, we have proudly served as emergency childcare centers for essential employees, medical workers and first responders. On June 29 we resumed our traditional early learning center operations, reopening our South Shore YMCA Early Learning Center in Hanover, and our State Street Early Learning Center located at our Quincy YMCA. Unfortunately, we will not reopen our North Quincy location, but will consolidate its operations with our existing Quincy location.

    Kristine Swan, Vice President of Youth Development,


Although not all Y programs will open on Day 1, we are confident that as guidelines evolve and restrictions are lifted, we will reintroduce your favorite programs as soon as possible.