YWCA New Britain COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

UPDATED July 7, 2020

The YWCA New Britain Fitness Center reopened on Monday, July 6. We are taking a series of health and safety precautions to protect our members and staff. Here's what you can expect during your visit:

New Hours
The Fitness Center will be open Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Entering and Exiting
You will come in through the front doors and say hello to Jessica Spears at the front desk, who will take your temperature and ask you a few questions. Then you will follow the signs down the hall into the Fitness Center. Please wear a mask until you get to your equipment. To exit, you will go through the side doors near the Fitness Center hallway. Don't forget to use our hand sanitizer dispenser before entering and exiting!

Social Distancing
The Fitness Center is divided into five areas, each of which has cardio equipment, a bench, weights, and more. We've also marked spots on the gym floor to help you keep your distance while working out. Please try to keep this distance from your fellow members in the gym.

Online Scheduling
Members are required to reserve space in the Fitness Center and group exercise classes using our online scheduling tool. Space is limited to five members per 30 minute slot in the Fitness Center. Reserve your space here.

Group Exercise Classes
Group exercise classes will resume Monday, July 12, with one class per day in the small gym. Other classes will remain virtual. The weekly in-person schedule is as follows:
Mondays, 7:00 p.m. - Yoga for All with Heather (8 slots)
Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m. - Strength Training for All with Tabatha (8 slots)
Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. - Spin for All with Heather (4 slots)
Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. - Pound for All with Tabatha (8 slots)

Please bring only your keys, cell phone, and water bottle into the facility - no bags or other clothing. You can fill up your water bottle, but cannot drink directly from the water fountain. For group exercise classes, please bring your own mat.

Locker Rooms
At this time, locker rooms are closed. There are designated bathrooms in the fitness hallway for members.

Thank you for taking the time to read through these new guidelines. You can learn more in this video where Membership & Wellness Director Heather Labbe explains the guidelines in more detail. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Heather by phone at 860-225-4681 x226 or email at hlabbe@ywcanewbritain.org.

We appreciate your patience as we adapt to these new changes and thank you for sticking with us while we were closed. We look forward to seeing you soon.

UPDATED April 2, 2020

en Español

Dear Families and Staff:

The YWCA Childcare Programs opened this week with the assistance of School Nurses provided by the School District. Each day, anyone entering the building (adult and child) have had temperatures checked. Children and staff are checked three times a day.

Childcare is provided for essential employees as defined by the State of Connecticut. Individuals who are not currently working or are working from home are encouraged not to send their children to care during the COVID-19 crisis.

Individuals with a fever of more than 100 degrees will be turned away and not allowed to remain the building. Children experiencing symptoms consistent with respiratory illness during the day will be isolated and parents contacted for immediate pick up.

Those (adults and children) with a fever, cough or shortness of breath, even if they have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 should stay home and away from others until 72 hours after the fever is gone, symptoms have improved, and it has been at least 7 days after symptoms started.

If an adult or child has been identified as a close contact or as a household contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19, please alert the YWCA. Individuals will be asked to stay home for 14 days after the last exposure.

If an adult who has been working at or dropping off at the YWCA, or a child served at the YWCA is diagnosed with a presumptive or confirmed case of COVID-19, please inform the YWCA immediately. Individuals may not return to the YWCA without physician approval and release from quarantine (a minimum of 14 days).

We appreciate your cooperation with these guidelines put in place to keep children and adults healthy and safe. Please contact the YWCA if you have any questions about any of these guidelines.


Tracey Madden-Hennessey
Executive Director

Estimadas familias y miembros del personal:

Los Programas de cuidado infantil de la YWCA abrieron esta semana con la asistencia de la Escuela de Enfermeras proporcionada por el Distrito Escolar. Todos los días, a cualquiera que entre al edificio (adulto o niño) se le verifica la temperatura. A los niños y miembros del personal se les verifica tres veces al día.

El cuidado infantil se brinda para empleados esenciales según lo define el Estado de Connecticut. Se anima a las personas que no están trabajando actualmente o que están trabajando desde casa a no enviar a sus niños al cuidado infantil durante la crisis del COVID-19.

Las personas con una fiebre superior a 100 grados serán retiradas y no se les permitirá permanecer en el edificio. Los niños que experimenten durante el día síntomas coherentes con enfermedad respiratoria serán aislados y se contactará a los padres para que los recojan de inmediato.

Aquellos (adultos o niños) con fiebre, tos o dificultad respiratoria, incluso si no han sido diagnosticados con COVID-19, deben permanecer en casa y alejados de los demás hasta 72 horas después de pasada la fiebre, hasta que mejoren los síntomas y hayan transcurrido 7 días desde el inicio de dichos síntomas.

Si un adulto o un niño ha sido identificado como un contacto cercano o como un contacto del hogar de una persona con COVID-19, avise a la YWCA. Se le pedirá a las personas que permanezcan en casa por 14 días a partir de la última exposición.

Si un adulto que ha estado trabajando o trayendo personas a la YWCA, o un menor atendido en la YWCA, es diagnosticado con un presunto o confirmado caso de COVID-19, infórmelo inmediatamente a la YWCA. Las personas no pueden regresar a la YWCA sin aprobación médica y sin el alta de la cuarentena (un mínimo de 14 días).

Apreciamos su cooperación con estas pautas establecidas para mantener saludables y seguros a niños y adultos.

Contacte a la YWCA si tiene alguna pregunta referente a estas pautas.

Tracey Madden-Hennessey
Directora Ejecutiva

UPDATED March 25, 2020

Dear Families:

I am pleased to share that the YWCA reopened for limited services on Monday, March 30, for childcare. In keeping with the Governor’s direct order to stay safe, services will be available to essential workers and first responders ONLY. We are urging other families to stay at home and continue to isolate.

We are thankful to the Consolidated School District of New Britain and to the New Britain Department of Public Health for assisting us in making these arrangements.

As is typical for us during days when schools are not in session, parents must supply children with a lunch. The YWCA will have breakfast and snacks available for children.

In an abundance of caution to keep children and adults healthy and safe, the following procedures are being put in place:

  • All adults and children will enter the building through the community room door. The front doors will remain closed. Directions will be posted on the exterior of the building.

  • Upon entering the building, all adults and children must submit to a temperature check conducted by nursing professionals who will be on hand daily to assist us. This is essential to ensuring that everyone entering the building is healthy and stays healthy. Adults and children who exhibit a temperature of 100 degrees and/or exhibit other symptoms consistent with respiratory illness will not be allowed to stay. Nurses will be using “no hands thermometers to monitor children’s temperature throughout the day.

  • Adults will be asked if they have traveled recently (including to impacted areas like New York City); have someone in their family who has been diagnosed with COVID19; or have individuals at home over age 60 or with health issues that make them vulnerable.

  • All adults will be asked to assist their child to thoroughly wash their hands prior to entering the building.

  • Adults going beyond the community room will also be required to thoroughly wash hands.

  • To limit the number of adults walking throughout the building, we will be asking par- ents of preschool and school age children to remain in the lobby area. Staff will walk children to their rooms. Exceptions will only be made for children under age 3 or children having difficulty transitioning.

  • Given anticipated lower participation rates, a limited number of classrooms will be available. Children may not be in a classroom with their regularly assigned teacher.

  • To prevent the spread of illness, preschool and school age children will be assigned to groups smaller than our typical classroom size. A ratio of 1 teacher to 6 children and 12 children per classroom will be observed.

  • Classrooms assigned to infant/toddler, preschool, and school age children will be in separate parts of the building to increase social isolation.

  • Gross motor activities will be minimized; only one group at a time may use gym or playground spaces.

  • Should a child show signs of illness, parents will be contacted for immediate pick up. An isolation room to be staffed by an adult is being set up. It is located next to the childcare back door. Parents will be asked to come to the rear entrance of childcare on Glen Street (with circular drive up) for child pick up.

We appreciate your cooperation and consideration of other adults and children during these very uncertain times. If you have any questions regarding these procedures or our reopening, please feel free to contact the YWCA at (860) 225-4681.


Tracey Madden-Hennessey
Executive Director