As of May 18th, 2020 gyms and workout studios have the go-ahead from the governor of Texas to re-open to the public…provided they practice social distancing and other guidelines.

We talked to Bill Coon, CEO of the El Paso Family YMCAs.

If you can’t watch that, or if you just want the highlights, here’s what we learned:

  • The El Paso YMCA will only let in 25% of their total capacity.
  • Members are asked to wear a mask into the Y when they visit. They may remove the mask when the begin exercising.
  • Plastic gloves, which will be provided, are to be worn whenever touching gym equipment such as weights or exercise machines.
  • Employees will be required to wear gloves and masks to protect members.
  • The pool is not yet open. June 1st is the go-date for both indoor and outdoor pool facilities.
  • Racquetball courts are open. A maximum of 3 players are allowed on a court at one time.
  • Basketball courts are open but pick-up games are not allowed. You can practice shooting or play H-O-R-S-E but nothing that would bring you into physical contact with other players is permitted.
  • Classes are being held. Yoga, spinning, aerobics, etc. will be held but with smaller groups. Classes will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis for the time being.
  • Summer camps for kids are still up in the air. Bill Coon says that the YMCA is awaiting further instruction from Governor Abbott about if and when the Y’s camps will be happening.

If you have any other questions you can call the YMCA main office at 915-532 9622. Their website is elpasoymca.org.