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OCTOBER 8, 2020

With the newest Department of Health Emergency Order #3 effective atarting on October 8, 2020, we wanted to reach out to let you know how that may, or may not impact you at the Y. The order limits occupancy to 25% of a room’s capacity. In most cases use of the Y has remained under this limit; however, we have had to adjust just a few class sizes within reservations to accommodate the Order. You can view the new capacities at the Y HERE. The order is in place until November 6, 2020.

It is evident we are in crisis mode in our state. The Y’s focus on social responsibility means that we must do all that we can to be part of the solution, and not part of the problem. WE NEED YOUR HELP. We do our part daily with increased cleaning protocols and added supplies, we promote social distancing, our entire team wear masks to protect you and each other and we have many hand sanitizing stations to help you be safe. PLEASE, HELP US STAY OPEN and stay safe. Thank you to everyone who has helped the Y to date. Your membership, your grace in following the best practices for our re-opening and your encouragement have all been appreciated. For those who have stepped away, please know the Y hears you and we are taking action.

NOW IS A TIME FOR PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. Follow the governor’s order. Do not put the Y in a position to make the decision to limit your access if you choose not to wear a mask. Please help the Y remain open and do the following each and every time you visit the Y:

Wear a mask when:


  • Walking anywhere in the Y. Entering, exiting, hallways, locker rooms, setting up or tearing down your equipment

  • Remember to wear the mask correctly

  • When you are on the circuits, lifting, stretching or cleaning

  • Walking on the track or in a group on the track

  • When using the gym for basketball, pickleball, socializing or twirling • When using the soccer or ice arenas

  • When you are within 6 feet of anyone in the Y, standing and talking with your friends or staff

  • When walking to and from the pools or whirlpool

  • When engaged in cardio exercise and within 6 feet of another person for greater than 15 minutes

  • If you remove your mask temporarily to take a breath, step away from others and please have your mask immediately available to wear it as much as possible.

With regards to those who have a legitimate exception or are unwilling: you must always adhere to social distancing guidelines. You must always remain at least 6 feet away from others at the Y. You are not protecting others when you cannot/will not wear a mask.

If someone is wearing a mask, that is not an invitation to come into their safe space. If we want to move past the pandemic and have a safe space to continue to positively impact our minds, our bodies and our spirit; we must recognize our actions impact others. Be a part of the safest community where we have each other’s best interests at heart.

Be well, stay safe and we look forward to seeing you at the Y.


AUGUST 1, 2020

Per Governor Evers' Executive Order 82, declaring a public health emergency, and corresponding Emergency Order 1 requiring face coverings in the state of Wisconsin, the Oshkosh Community YMCA will begin requiring face coverings for individuals inside our facilities beginning Saturday, August 1, 2020.

Effective Saturday, August 1, the Oshkosh Y is requiring face coverings for everyone inside our facilities except:

  • Children under the age of 5

  • Individuals who have trouble breathing, especially during accelerated physical exertion activities

  • Those with medical conditions that prevent wearing of a face covering

  • Those who have mental health conditions, sensory sensitivities or developmental disabilities

  • While swimming, using aquatics facilities, or showering

  • On-duty lifeguards

  • While eating or drinking

  • When an individual is speaking while leading an activity as long as they remain 6 feet from others 

We encourage, but do not require, those outside our facilities (athletic fields, parking lots, etc.) to:

  • Wear face coverings except children under the age of 5

  • Maintain an appropriate distance, six feet or more, from all other parties

  • Limit contact to infrequent or incidental movement within fitness activities


  • Masks will be required while indoors in our youth programs for all participants ages 5 and older. Our instructors, teachers and coaches will help children know when it is okay to remove their masks during appropriate activities.

  • School Age Staff and youth (ages 5+) are required to wear face coverings unless in an activity outdoors where physical distancing is possible.

Thank you for your ongoing cooperation.
For more information, please review the State of WI FAQ HERE