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New Face Covering Guidelines in Platte County as of February 8, 2021

YMCA of Greater Kansas City
February 5, 2021
Illustration of facemask

In response to updated guidelines from the Platte County Health Department, we will have updated face covering policies beginning Monday, February 8, 2021, at Platte County Community Center North and Platte County Community Center South. These changes have been approved by the Platte County Health Department.

What’s new?

Members actively engaged in high-intensity, cardiovascular activities on cardio equipment and in select group exercise classes may remove their face coverings only when social distancing of at least six feet can be guaranteed.

What stays the same?

Face coverings continue to be required at all other times for ages 5 and older. This includes while exercising and when on the pool deck, but not while swimming. 

When can I remove my mask? 

Here are some examples of high-intensity, cardiovascular activities when masks may be removed.

  • During use of cardiovascular equipment on the Wellness Floor. Wear face coverings until you get on the equipment. Put on face coverings again when use of the equipment is complete or when stepping away from the equipment. Wear face coverings when sanitizing the equipment before and after use.
  • During high-intensity group exercise classes only when social distancing of at least six feet can be guaranteed. Instructors will let you know if and when you may remove your face covering. Examples of high-intensity classes include Cardio Dance, Zumba, Body Pump, Spin Class and WERQ. Face coverings are required at all times for low-intensity classes, such as yoga, Tai Chi and Enhanced Fitness.
  • Personal training. Personal Training participants will follow face covering requirements for their area or activity. During Personal Training, you may remove your face covering while using cardiovascular equipment on the Wellness Floor as outlined above. You may also remove your face covering during high-intensity workouts in personal training spaces when social distancing of at least six feet can be guaranteed. Trainers will continue to be required to wear face coverings at all times during personal training sessions. 

Thank You!

Thanks for your continued support to maintain a safe environment at our Ys. For more information about guidelines at the Y, visit