YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina

Supporting Urgent Health Needs

Beginning August 19th the Y will allow access to indoor wellness areas for the purpose of serving active members as prescribed or directed by a medical or health care provider.

Published 08.18.20

Beginning Wednesday, August 19th, the YMCA’s indoor fitness center is open for the purpose of serving members as prescribed or directed by a medical professional, in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 151, and meeting all requirements of the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

For more than 133 years, the Y has served as a nonprofit leader and partner in community health, delivering evidence-based health programs and interventions that benefit vulnerable populations and those managing the life-altering effects of chronic disease. We believe serving this population is now more important than ever.

During the pandemic, NC YMCAs have partnered with health experts and developed operational plans that meet or exceed requirements and recommendations of the CDC and NC DHHS. Therefore, we are confident in our YMCA's capacity to open our indoor fitness centers safely for this purpose. For so many in our community, exercise therapy is a key to recovery, disease management and prevention. We’re grateful to the NC DHHS for recognizing this critical need and providing necessary guidelines in which to do so safely.

The YMCA will ask participant to show written prescription upon first visit and record the medical provider’s name and contact information in the member’s account. Access to indoor facilities does not apply to family members or other people on the membership.

Following the guidelines provided by the NC DHHS, access to facilities is limited. Areas and offerings may be limited.

Online reservations are required before arriving to the YMCA and social distancing must be observed while using our faciliteis. You can make an online reservation 24 hours prior to start time through our mobile app or on our website. Click the link below to view our current schedule and reservation times for medically prescribed fitness.

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Before You Come to the YMCA

Click here to sign our new membership waiver prior to coming to the YMCA to save yourself some time.


Who is considered a “medical professional?”

The NC DHHS defines medical professionals as licensed physicians, licensed physician’s assistants or nurse practitioners, licensed nurses, licensed chiropractors, licensed dieticians, licensed respiratory care therapists, licensed psychologists, licensed clinical mental health counselors, licensed occupational therapists, licensed physical therapists, licensed recreational therapists, and licensed massage therapists.

This definition does not include personal trainers, unlicensed masseurs or body work therapists, or other unlicensed persons that may provide advice about health.

Am I required to disclose my disability or medical reason for prescribed exercise?

We respect our members’ right to privacy. While a written prescription is required, the member or medical provider is not required to disclose the reason, medical information or disability.

Am I required to wear a mask?

Masks are required at all times except when exercising.

Does this really mean the Y is fully open for business?

No. It is our intent to provide access to members who need our support urgently for their physician-directed care, in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order and meeting or exceeding all recommendations and requirements of the CDC, NC DHHS and local health departments.

Specific branches of the Y offer an outdoor gym, outdoor exercise classes and pool availability.

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