Masks Required at All Times

The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati is responding to requests by Ohio’s Governor DeWine and Kentucky’s Governor Beshear, to keep our communities open and safe during these difficult times.

Our YMCA and others have been actively lobbying to keep our facilities open providing health and wellness opportunities and community outreach, including COVID-19 testing, pandemic child care and food delivery. We do believe that with the COVID-19 cases increasing at an alarming rate, we need to step-up our efforts to keep our staff and our members safe.

To that end, effective Friday, November 20, 2020, at 5 p.m., the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati is required to make masks mandatory, at all times, while inside our facilities and when indoor fitness takes place. The only exception will be when members are in the pool; masks are required on the pool deck. We are complying with local, regional and national calls to do everything possible to stop the spread of COVID-19 through mask wearing, hand washing and social distancing.

As you can imagine, members and the community will likely have varying perspectives on the mask requirement. We fully respect individual opinions and thoughts on mask wearing. However, in light of the Governors’ requests, and our commitment to the health of each other, helping our communities get through this pandemic as safe as possible, and our strong determination to stay fully open and in service, we are moving in this direction.

As mandated by Kentucky, Campbell County and R.C. Durr YMCA’s are moving to 33% capacity in wellness centers and pools, beginning this Friday evening. Group exercise classes are prohibited in Kentucky. Members can reserve a spot in any of the Ohio branch group exercise classes or enjoy live and On Demand programming on Y virtual at

As with all changes, we will lean into this with grace and resolve to be fully compliant with the new practice. If you have any questions, or need further information, please email Thank you for your diligence and determination to keep our YMCAs and our community safe.

Chris Francis

Chief Operations Officer

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati