Exciting news! All of our branches are open!

As a community, we must remain diligent with the three C's: Clean, Cover, and Contain, in order to continue to meet the health data markers that indicate transition into each new reopening phase.

We are following Federal, State, and Local Health and Safety Guidelines to help us all stay safe upon reopening. You can rest assured that we are taking these precautions seriously as we invite our members back into our buildings! BFYMCA has developed steps (phases) to reopening which will be revised based on the progress we've made in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19.

This pandemic has taught us a lot about being flexible. Please be patient with us as plans are developed, guidance changes, and so do our plans. Health and safety is our priority! This page will be updated as frequently as necessary.

Facility Hours:

  • Bennington Rec Center: Monday, Wednesday, Friday > 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM | Tuesday, Thursday > 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM | Saturday > 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Closed Sunday

    • Pool use by reservation only. Reserve your 45-minute slot by calling (802) 442-1053.

    • TAKE NOTICE: Per the Town of Bennington, the Bennington Recreation Center will be CLOSED August 17 - September 9, 2020 to complete the annual pool cleaning and support the construction project.

  • Pittsfield: Monday - Friday, 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM & Saturday/Sunday, 6:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Northern Berkshire: Monday - Friday, 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM | Closed Weekends


Review the updated Member Code of Conduct and Waiver of Liability. Facility access requires a signed Waiver of Liability and Membership Agreement available here: https://bfymca.org/membership/required-forms-membership-program-participation.

Lead with the Y Core Values: Caring, Honesty, Respect & Responsibility

Expect Reduced Capacity

RESPECT: I will be respectful of my fellow members by only reserving pool time that I can commit to while also leaving spots for fellow swimmers.

  • Members will scan their barcode to check in upon entering and scan their barcode to check out upon exit. Depending on the traffic throughout the building, you may be asked to check in and out of the fitness and pool areas.
  • The building is restricted to 40% capacity with additional guidance to limit the number of people in one space.
  • Visit Pool Rules
  • Active members allowed. No day/guest passes, complimentary or partnership guests. Silver Sneakers card holders may use the facility by following the same processes as our members.
  • Our Massachusetts Child Care program will be open to registered families for ages up through 12 years old.
  • YMCA Nationwide Membership is on hold at this time.

Keep Your Distance

CARING: I will care for myself and others by practicing social distancing of 6 feet whenever possible.

  • Respect all signs regarding social distancing and foot traffic direction.
  • Stay at least six feet away from others wherever possible.
  • Look for floor markers for proper placement in shared fitness spaces, transition areas and Welcome Center.
  • Massachusetts: Ladies Locker Room accessible for bathroom-use only by all men and women during Step 1. Changing stalls available.
  • Vermont: Locker rooms open. Bathroom available in fitness center.
  • Register for outdoor fitness classes.
  • Group fitness classes will be by reservation only. No drop ins.
  • All key-coded doors will have new codes that can be requested from the front desk by members.
  • Pittsfield Men's Health Club (MHC) locks have been changed and a new key system in place. MHC is closed in Step 1.
  • While the lockers are closed, we are asking all members to visit the branch to collect items from their lockers. We will be cleaning all lockers prior to reopening locker rooms.
  • Saunas and steam rooms are closed.
  • Some Cardio and Nautilus machines will be clearly marked out of use to maintain proper social distancing.
  • In Pittsfield, members will enter through the main facility door and child care families will check in through the entrance to the left with the original YMCA building sign above.

Wipe Down Equipment

RESPONSIBILITY: I will be responsible by wiping down all equipment before and after use.

  • Y staff will follow a strict cleaning and disinfecting schedule 24 hours per day.
  • Members can access the cleaning materials provided.
  • Members must wipe equipment before and after your workout.
  • Allow yourself more time than usual to enter and exit the facility.
  • In the fitness center, you will see a system to indicate what machines are clean and ready to use and what is not to be used.
  • Fitness attendants will clean machines in-between uses.
  • Free weights and bars/plates will become available soon.

  • Free weight area limited to three people at a time. (PB- 1 RB Court & Loft) (NB- 2 Old Group Ex rooms) First come, first served. Masks must worn at all times. Maintain 6 feet social distance from others. Utilize cleaning supplies to clean weights and machines before and after use. Basket for dirty rags to toss when leaving the area. Return used, cleaned weights to their proper location. Fitness Attendant/Staff will do a disinfectant spray of all Free Weights every 30- minutes.

  • No Y swim or workout accessories will be loaned to members in Step 1 - yoga mats, kettle bells, work out balls, etc.

Bring Your Mask

RESPONSIBILITY: I will be responsible by wearing a mask or face covering when I am in common areas.

  • The Y requests that members wear their masks in transition areas (ie: halls, stairwells, Welcome Center, in-between machines in fitness center, etc.) Additionally, areas of the fitness center require masks.
  • Staff are required to wear masks.
  • Children in our Child Care program are required to follow guidance from EEC about masks.
  • Limit the items you carry into the facility.
  • Bring your water. Water fountains are closed.
  • No towel service.

Stay Home if You're Sick

HONESTY: I will be honest about how I feel and keep others safe by staying home when I am not feeling well.

  • Our staff, members, and children participating in Child Care are encouraged to stay home if they're sick.
  • Prior to entering the facility for the first time, you will be asked to sign a waiver of liability and membership agreement.
  • Upon entering the facility for each shift, Y staff will be asked questions about their current health status and exposure to COVID-19.

Wash Your Hands

CARING: I will care for myself and others by washing or sanitizing my hands often and for at least 20 seconds.

  • We are reducing touch points to reduce cross-contamination.
  • We are moving toward a paperless environment, therefore most forms you may have filled out in the past are either digital or have been eliminated altogether.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Hand washing and +60% Ethanol hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the building identified with signage for easy access and use.
  • Put a credit card or bank draft information on file in Daxko.
  • Log in to your Daxko account to update your information on file with us.