Palestine YMCA 

Reopening Guidelines 


We are excited to begin reopening our facilities May 18th!  We want to keep our members safe and protected while they use our facilities. To ensure a healthy environment for all, we are following strict guidelines from the CDC and state authorities. On May 18th, we will begin reopening in phases, and will gradually get back to normal as quickly as we safely can. 

YMCA Current Changes in Our Facilities: 

  • Modified Facility Operating Hours with Controlled Health Screening Access:  

    • Front Entrance (Child Care Only): Monday-Friday 6:30am-6:00pm 

    • Back Entrance (Wellness , Group Exercise, Member Services transactions): Monday-Thursday 5:00am-10:00pm; Friday 5:00am-8:00pm; Saturday 8:00am-2:00pm 

    • Basketball gym hours will be 6:00pm-8:00pm Monday- Friday and 8:00am-2:00pm Saturday, with limited numbers.  

    • Facility use will only be for members during YMCA Phase I. Guests will not be permitted.  

  • COVID-19 Waivers, completed and signed, are required from every person coming into our Y (individual waivers for each adult and guardians signing on behalf of children entering in our Y facility). 


  • Child Watch entrance will be on the Hwy 256 Loop side of the Y building, limited to 1-hour per day and open 8:30am-11:30am as well as 4:00pm-7:00pm by reservation. Call 903-729-3139 or sign up at the Y back desk.  Children must be potty-trained, we will not change diapers or pull ups.  Admittance is limited by number of children and age (Current room capacity is 6 children). Also, all family members must pass the health screening upon entering the facility.   

  • All staff and members will have their temperature checked at facility entrances. 

  • Staff will be provided personal protective equipment (masks and gloves). 

  • Members must follow these rules for best practices: 

    • Social Distancing - Maintain 6 feet distance. 

    • Disinfect equipment before and after use. 

    • Wash hands before and after working out with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 

    • If members choose to wear a mask and gloves, they are responsible to provide their own. Our Y will not be supplying masks and gloves to members. 

  • Cardio Equipment: Only every other machine will be used & time may be limited. 

  • Group Exercise classes will continue virtually through YMCA Phase I, as well as in-person, at our facility. Numbers will be limited per class to allow for social distancing. 

  • Restrooms will be open. 

  • Coffee will be available in the back only. 

  • Increased signage throughout the building to encourage social distance, hand-washing and remind members to disinfect equipment. 

We will continue to review these guidelines regularly and communicate changes through email, our website and social media to meet federal, state and local guidelines. We will continue providing virtual resources for our members who are still sheltering at home. 

Dear YMCA Friends,  

The health of our members, staff, guests, volunteers and community is our mission. We have communicated with you throughout the past weeks that as a community service organization, the YMCA of Palestine, Texas would continue to serve our community to the best of our ability, as long as we do not put the health and wellness of our staff, members, and the community at risk. For the health and safety of our community, we have made the decision to temporarily close all gym, weight room and indoor group fitness facilities. These facilities are closed as of 9:00 p.m. on March 19th and will be closed until at least April 3rd.  

We are working to best serve our community through this time of need while adhering to the Texas Health and Human Services Covid-19 Guidance to Child Care Providers by providing emergency child care for first responders, health care workers, law enforcement officers, HHSC Child Care Licensing staff, and Department of Family and Protective Services staff; professionals providing services to children; children enrolled at the operation; and parents who have children enrolled and present at the operation.  

At that time, we will re-evaluate based on the information we have available. Senior/Active Older Adult, Youth Sports, Community Health and Wellness Programs are postponed until April 3rd pending further notice.  

In our history, we have always stepped up when there is a need and we will continue working to determine how we can support our community members during this difficult time. For the families in our community who have children that rely on the YMCA for a hot meal, we will still provide those on a daily basis for those attending Emergency Early Child Care. We acknowledge that the programs we run are important and contribute to making the community a better place.  

This is a very challenging and unsettling time for all of us. Therefore, if it is at all possible for you, we ask that you please continue your Y membership and program enrollment.  

We, as a community will get through this. When we do, we want to be in the best position possible to support you and your family. The Y is here to support your health and wellness as we navigate our new reality together. Our team is working to provide workouts for you and your family to do at home, and within the next few days, we will begin sharing links, tips, and ideas that include: 


● Les Mills Virtual Workouts with over 900 workouts to choose from within 13 different formats, designed for all ages and fitness levels  

● Les Mills Born to Move classes for kids of all ages 


Meanwhile, please take care of yourself, your family and those around you, while continuing to adhere to the preventative measures that are recommended by public health officials, such as limiting interaction, practicing social distancing, and avoiding gatherings of 10 or more. Visit the CDC website for more information. Thank you for being a loyal YMCA member and for your continued understanding during this difficult time.  

Our hearts go out to all who have been affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 and we continue to pray for the quick healing in our community. Given how quickly this situation is evolving, we will continue to provide updates on our website,, and via Facebook. Thank you for your patience and partnership as we work together under these unprecedented circumstances.  

Can I still be a member of the YMCA?  

Yes, you can still be a member of the YMCA. In fact, maintaining your membership helps our community during this time of uncertainty. We know your membership is rooted in the relationships you have built at the Y, we ask that you help us create a history that demonstrates how we came together and served those families who needed us most. Naturally, we will put your membership on hold if you wish, but if you want to join us in service to others, please keep your membership active.  



How can I stay active during the Y’s closure?  

The YMCA of Palestine Texas is offering FREE online fitness classes for members of all ages and fitness levels, including children! These online classes will be available through Les Mills

On Demand for 60 days.


Please stay tuned for our member communication coming out soon regarding how to access the following:  

• Les Mills On-Demand Workouts with over 900 workouts to choose from within 13 different formats, designed for all ages and fitness levels available for 60 days. These options will also be posted on our website at and Facebook pages. 

 Les Mills Born to Move classes for kids of all ages. These options will also be posted on our website at and Facebook pages. 

YMCA Temporary Changes Effective Thursday, March 19th, 2020 
As a healthy precaution to provide ongoing critical childcare services, the Palestine YMCA Child Care and Workout Facilities have been separated.  
Temporary Changes:
Back Entrance Closed: Exercise Gym Facility and Group Fitness Classes are Temporarily Cancelled
Front Entrance: Emergency Child Care Only  
Monday - Friday: 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Saturday: Closed
* Temporarily Closed
* T-ball and Tiny Tots registration extended to until further notice. 


At the Palestine YMCA, the safety and wellbeing of our members, staff, volunteers and our local community have always been and will always be our top priority.

We have been diligently monitoring the developments surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and have taken several proactive steps in order to best ensure we maintain a safe facility, including extra cleaning staff, multiple daily cleanings, and disinfecting of our facility, as well as monitoring our staff, members, and participants for potential illnesses, and remain in close contact with relevant governing agencies.

We understand this is a very concerning situation for our community. We are asking everyone to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and take their own measures to protect themselves, including frequently washing their hands with soap and water, covering their coughs and sneezes, staying home if they do not feel well, and not putting themselves in situations with large crowds or where they come in close contact with others.

We are treating this matter with the utmost concern. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates to our members and community as they are available.


Cindy Piersol

CEO Palestine YMCA