Playing Safe at the Y
The safety of our children, members, guests and staff is our top priority and we take this responsibility very seriously. The Tampa Y provided 10 weeks of relief care for children of essential workers while schools were closed, 10 weeks of summer camp, and a week of eLearning Support. We are committed to making our youth sports programs just as safe as the emergency Youth Relief Care we offered at 11 of our YMCA centers. The Tampa Y staff are very experienced in keeping children and staff safe, especially during these uncertain times.
Youth Sports Safety Standards
We continue to work with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to implement procedures that ensure we provide a safe environment for everyone who enters our YMCAs. Each of our centers have strict safety measures in place for our members and guests, and have implemented the following standards in our sports programs:
- All staff and coaches will have a temperature check prior to games.
- Benches, bleachers and equipment will be disinfected between each game.
- Game lengths have been adjusted to allow for 15 minutes between games to allow for cleaning and safe crowd transitions.
- Pre and post-game team huddles will be conducted outdoors.
- Each participant will be limited to a pre-determined amount of spectators, who will be asked to help practice social distancing.
- Spectators are highly encouraged to wear masks or other PPE (requirements based on local city, county and state leadership orders).
Safety Standards for Kids' Day Out and Summer Camp
The Y has collaborated with the American Camp Association to create educational resources for camps, parents, and campers as well as state and local health departments. Also engaged in the process was an independent expert panel that included specialists in pediatric medicine, epidemiology, infectious disease management, biological safety and industrial hygiene. Click here to review the ACA camp operations guide we're following which include the following protocols:
- Before children and staff are checked in, their temperatures are taken. For the safety and well-being of others in camp, those running a temperature of 100.4+ degrees cannot attend.
- Staggered curb-side check-in.
- Lower ratio camp groups spread throughout the whole facility. Campers remain in their same groups throughout the week.
- Individual and spaced out activities to practice safe social distancing where possible when inside. Limited sharing of supplies.
- Ample access to hand washing and hand sanitizer stations, especially at check-in, before meals and after restroom use.
- Y staff intentionally teach and encourage good hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and follow a strict sick child/staff policy.
- Significant disinfecting of supplies and activity areas throughout the day.
- In Hillsborough County, all staff and members (ages 5+) are required to wear a face covering indoors while not exercising or participating in youth sports.
- In Pasco County, staff and members (ages 2+) are required to wear a face covering indoors while not exercising or participating in youth sports.
To learn more about face coverings, overall safety standards at the Tampa Y and frequently asked questions, check out what we're doing to stay healthy together.