September News: Reopening Indoors Sept. 8

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We’re thrilled that Gov. Roy Cooper has given gyms permission to reopen, and we can’t wait to see you again! As we work to resume operations, your safety is our top concern.

On Tuesday, Sept. 8, indoor fitness centers at the Asheville Y, Black Mountain Y, Corpening Memorial Y, Hendersonville Family Y, and Reuter Family Y will open with limited capacity, meeting or exceeding all local, state and national public health guidelines.

It will be a joy to welcome you back, but we recognize that the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 isn’t over. When you come back inside, things will look and feel different at first. Many services will remain limited for now. To protect the health and well-being of staff and members, we have these safeguards in place:

• Comprehensive staff safety trainings

• Frequent cleaning and disinfection

• Health screenings

• Mandatory face coverings for ages 5+

• Plexiglass shields at workstations

• Physical distancing measures

• Upgraded air filtration

• Touchless check-in

• Limited class sizes and occupancy

• Access by reservation only for swimming and group exercise

To keep our building occupancy low while remaining accessible to those in high-risk groups, we will continue our virtual and outdoor fitness offerings.

More services and locations will come online in the coming weeks. When our regular operations were forced to pause, we repurposed our facilities and staff to respond to the urgent and critical needs of our community. Over the past 24 weeks, our facilities and equipment have either been idle, restructured or used in ways we could have never imagined – for food prep, childcare, supply drive storage, and more.

During this time, our workforce has also been reduced by 60%. We’re working as fast as we can to prepare our facilities and people to serve you safely. We’re eager to see you and grateful for your understanding and support as we take a little extra time to do this right.

Please follow us on Facebook for updates and consult our Reopening Guide to plan your visit.

Thank you for staying with us. We've missed you, and we hope to see you again soon!


Virtual learning has presented enormous challenges for local schools, parents and students. The Y is partnering with them to provide educational support for hundreds of K-5 students at learning hubs across the region.

“I’m so thankful to have a familiar, safe, and good-feeling place that my baby can go to during these hard times,” said one parent.

A new school year is always a challenge, and children and families need even more support in the remote learning environment. You can help them succeed in several ways:

Join our childcare team or refer potential staff

Volunteer at our virtual learning hubs

Donate to fund programs for those most in need


In addition to a full-day program at sites in Buncombe, Henderson, and McDowell counties, the Y is offering half-day enrichment programs at the Asheville Y and Reuter Family Y.

Each weekday afternoon CAMP US gives K-5 students help with assignments, healthy snacks, recreation, and fun activities in a safe, clean environment. Learn more and register.


Local demand for free, fresh food has continued to increase throughout the pandemic. Partnerships have made it possible for the Y’s Community Health team to serve more than 80,000 meals since March, including more than 26,000 in July alone. And thanks to your donations of both food and money, we’ve distributed over 200,000 pounds of healthy food and produce during that time.

The need continues. Click here to find our complete food market schedule and click here to donate.


Regular exercise is one component of a healthy lifestyle that can help reduce stress and prevent illness. While we would love to see you at the Y when we reopen for indoor fitness, we have a variety of at-home exercise and virtual program options for you to try!

We continue to offer our Facebook live group exercise classes. Find the latest schedule here. For a more personal experience, we offer virtual (and in-person) personal and small group training.

Our online offerings don't stop at exercise. We also offer virtual nutrition coaching as well as free virtual diabetes prevention classes for both English and Spanish speakers. Click here to find our entire menu of virtual options.


Stuck at your desk for long hours, working from home or back in the office? Try the Figure Four Chair Stretch to open your hips and relieve pain.

Sit up tall on the edge of your chair, then cross your ankle over your thigh. Take a deep breath and lean over until your feel the stretch sensation in your hip.

Hold for up to one minute and then stretch the other side.

Feeling stiff at the end of the workday? Try Virtual YMCA or outdoor group fitness class like strength training or yoga, or go for a swim.

You have the power to change how your body feels!


Civic engagement and social responsibility go hand in hand. The Y works to unite individuals from all walks of life to participate in and work for positive social change through nonpartisan efforts around a range of social issues. Here are three ways you can make a difference for yourself and others in our community:

1. Know and follow the three Ws: Wear a face covering. Wait at least six feet apart and avoid close contact. Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.

2. Make sure western North Carolina is accurately represented by completing the Census. Every person counted – or not counted – affects 10 years of federal funds, political representation, public infrastructure, and private investment. Complete the Census today!

3. One in four eligible Americans aren’t registered to vote. Make sure your voice is heard. It only takes two minutes to click here and get #VoteReady!