COVID-19 Updates

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All YMCA facilities are closed effective Tuesday, March 17th.

Y's Kids Emergency Care for first responders, EMS, medical staff and pharmacy/grocery workers begins Monday, March 23rd. Please click HERE to register.

Our Early learning centers at Downtown and Barkley will remain open


Dear Y Community,


Over the past 24 hours, the State of Washington has taken significant steps to keep the public safe as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) begins to spread. Early Sunday evening, Governor Inslee ordered the closure of all bars, nightclubs, restaurants (except takeout/delivery), entertainment venues, gyms and other establishments. 


As a result of this action, the Whatcom Family YMCA will be closed effective Tuesday, March 17th. 


During this closure, we will be conducting a deep cleaning and disinfecting of all our branches prior to reopening. We will be ready to re-open when it is safe to do so. The state has said this will be a two-week closure; however we do not know how this will play out in the coming weeks.





All Y members are encouraged to access YMCA360: Your Virtual YMCA at no cost to stay healthy at home. More classes will be added soon!

Active Older Adults are encouraged to check out the Tivity Health SilverSneakers On-Demand virtual workouts. You will recognize similar exercises that you perform in class!

Stay connected to classes, programs, and your fellow Y members on Facebook and Instagram





Even though our Y buildings may be temporarily closed, we will not stop serving our community. Right now, we are actively working with our community partners for the Y to provide new ways to meet some of the needs that emerge from this situation.  


The YMCA is a nonprofit organization that relies on your membership to provide services in our community. The pandemic will no doubt have a financial impact on many in our community, including the Y. We face a new challenge, and we ask that you join us in our work. 


We ask that you continue to pay your membership fee and consider it a contribution toward the community response to the coronavirus. If you are willing and able to keep your membership active, we are asking for your consideration in doing so. 

If you would like to make adjustments to your membership, please complete this form, membership choices form

For those already registered for a program, youth or adult, your fees will be credited automatically to the next session of the program. If you would prefer to receive a credit for future use, please complete this program credit form.





It has been a dizzying week of change for all of us. We recognize that these actions are necessary to help prevent the spread of this virus. We also know the programs we run are important for our members and participants, and they contribute to making the community a better place. 


The coronavirus has created enormous uncertainty; however, how we manage it is in our control. Join us in creating a history that demonstrates how we came together and served those who needed us most.


With gratitude,

Bill Ziels
Executive Director, Whatcom Family YMCA


For as long as we're able, the Y will be here. Please continue to visit our website for most up-to-date information.

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