Niagara Region moving back to Red Zone

What this means for the YMCA of Niagara

On February 26, the Premier announced the transition of Niagara Region from the Grey (Lockdown) status to the Red (Control) status, effective March 1. We know people may be wondering if this means we will be reopening our YMCA of Niagara fitness facilities to in-person visits on March 1.

While the Red (Control) stage of the framework permits the operation of fitness facilities, there are specific restrictions and limits to attendance that must be in place. Our YMCA leadership team has reviewed these restrictions, and also assessed the messages from Public Health requesting people remain vigilant and cautious in preventing community transmission of the virus, especially as new variables are emerging with less understood variants.

At this time, we will not be resuming in-person programs at any of our YMCA of Niagara fitness facilities.

We will continue to monitor the situation locally, and apply three priorities to inform our decisions related to our Health, Fitness, and Aquatics operations:

  • Health and safety of our staff and members
  • Community interest in attending in-person programming
  • Financial viability as a responsible charity

Stay active with our Online Programs

Our Online Group Fitness Package has expanded and includes more than 40 fitness classes per week, plus a wide range of programs that can be accessed safely from the comfort of your home.

Please check the schedules and class descriptions online, and learn how to take part in your first trial class for FREE!

Online Personal Training

Whether you’re just getting started, looking to get active, or need a mental break, our  YMCA-certified Personal Trainers provide a customized plan, supervise your progress and motivate you to succeed. We now offer an Online Personal Training program that can be accessed safely from the comfort of your home.

Kid Fit 

To keep the children in your family active we have converted our popular YMCA Kid Fit program to a live experience.

This program is designed for children and youth aged 3 to 12 years. YMCA Kid Fit Online takes the best of all of our previous activity streams and combines them in a 30 or 45 minute class. Each class is action-packed and will include a mix of Cardio, Yoga and GameOn activities.

We will continue to apply a staged and informed approach to the resumption of in-person programs and services and we will continue to provide updates as local conditions unfold.

Membership Payments

We will pause taking future payments from HFA members while we are closed and memberships will be placed on HOLD. Once we reopen, adjustment can be made to accounts.

More Virtual Programming

We encourage you to participate in our virtual programming during this closure:

  • Please try our free online workouts led by YMCA certified fitness instructors
  • For members living with chronic disease or other health and wellness challenges, please visit our free YHealth portal for virtual health management programs instructed by professionals and YMCA certified fitness instructors
  • For your mental health, we offer a variety of free seminars from mental health professionals
  • Watch out for a variety of new child and youth virtual program offering (available in January)

Child Care

All YMCA of Niagara Child Care programs are currently operating.

The safety of our children, families and staff is our first priority, and we continue with our dedication to enhanced safety and cleaning practices. Children from grades one and older will be required to wear masks at child care.

Click here for more information.

EarlyON

YMCA of Niagara EarlyON programs and services will continue being delivered virtually. Follow our new Facebook page here.

Camp

Stay tuned for more information about April Break Camp!

Community Initiatives

Click here to learn more about our free online virtual community programs for all ages.

Employment & Immigrant Services

YMCA of Niagara Employment & Immigrant Services will continue operating virtually.

Here is a video showcasing the valuable services we offer our community.

#StrongerTogether

Our YMCA is meeting the challenges of COVID-19 head on.

If you value having organizations like the YMCA in your neighbourhood, please act now. The YMCA needs your support and engagement now more than ever. Read the Op-Ed story in the St. Catharines Standard for more information, and please consider financially supporting the YMCA of Niagara through this second lockdown.

If you are willing to direct a portion of your monthly fees to our organization please email us here.

Or if you wish to make a one time donation please visit click here. A tax receipt will be issued for your gift.

Stay safe, active and healthy. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times.