Mask Mandate

Effective: July 17, 2020


At all YMCA facilities in the Greater Toledo area (including Southeast Michigan – where branches are still closed per Gov. Whitmer’s order), masks are now required for everyone 6 years of age and older.

Wearing a mask is mandatory to enter the facility and covers most spaces and activities in the building.


Exceptions in YMCA facilities:

  • Any individual who cannot wear one because of a medical condition, mental health condition, or developmental disability
  • Anyone under the age of 6
  • In strenuous activities where it is not feasible:
    • Swimming
    • Working out in wellness centers (on cardio and strength equipment) and studios – as long as social distancing guidelines are met – at least 6 feet apart
    • Playing pick-up basketball and pickleball
  • While showering 

If you do not have a face covering, the YMCA will provide one. However, you are expected to bring your own.

If you refuse to wear a face covering inside, consider an outdoor class or track or one of our virtual workouts inside your home.


For More Information:

Effective Wednesday, July 8, 2020, an Ohio Department of Health order mandates facial coverings in public in all counties that are designated as a Red Alert Level 3 Public Health Emergency or Purple Alert 4 Public Health Emergency. (Wood County was Red on July 8, and Lucas County becomes Red, effective 6 p.m., July 17.)

And on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, the Toledo City Council passed an ordinance that requires face masks inside all public buildings. 

In a prime-time address on July 15, Ohio Governor Mike Dewine urged all Ohioans to take the coronavirus seriously and wear masks. He said the Buckeye State could soon face a COVID-19 crisis as troubling as in states like Florida, Texas and Arizona. (Just five days earlier, Ohio broke the record of daily case counts with 1,525 new cases.)