The safety of our staff, members, volunteers and guests is a top priority at the Y. While we make every effort to keep the Y open and programs running to serve our community, we may cancel programs or classes, delay opening, or close any of our facilities because of severe weather, unsafe driving conditions, or power outages. Operating decisions are based on a multitude of factors that may include weather alerts, school delays and closures, guidance from local and/or state government, road conditions, and the ability of Y staff to operate our facilities and programming safely.

Please ensure your personal information is up-to-date in your YMCA account so that we may contact you in the event of program changes or facility delays/closures.

Depending on the conditions, please be aware of the following:

Fitness Centers and Locker Rooms: These areas will remain open as long as the facility is open.

Classes and Programs: Any changes will be communicated with members and participants. For changes to the group exercise schedule, please visit our website or the YMCA of Central Kentucky app. Classes are updated in real-time with cancellations and changes to instructors. Kids Corner and scheduled programming decisions will be made at the discretion of the Y based on capacity to safely run the program/area in our facilities.

Pool Closures
Our pools can close for any of the following reasons:

  • Visible lightning or audible thunder
    • We are committed to making the pool environment safe for all. Please note that in the event of inclement weather, the pools (indoor and outdoor) will be closed and the pool deck cleared for at least 30 minutes after the last observation of thunder or lightning.
  • Severe weather conditions (heavy wind, heavy rain, fog, etc.)
    • Heavy rain can make it difficult to see the bottom of an outdoor pool or beneath the surface. If heavy rain causes bottom obstruction, pools will be cleared, and swimming halted until the rain lets up. Wind can also cause safety hazards. If wind is observably strong or gusty and causes bottom obstruction due to rippling, swimmers will be cleared from pools until the bottom is visible.
  • Outside temperature drops below 45 degrees*
  • Power outage
  • Water contamination
  • Unbalanced water chemistry
  • Staff trainings or maintenance needs
  • Aquatic emergencies

* Outdoor pool only 

School’s Day Out (SDO): If local schools are closed, School’s Day Out may be made available at the YMCA. This decision will be made at the discretion of the Y based on capacity to safely run the program in our facilities and with staff to maintain our ratios as licensed childcare centers. If SDO is available, the Y will communicate date, location, and how to register.

Full-Service Childcare Centers (Center for Children and Crayon Club): The centers may delay opening, close early or be closed for the day due to inclement weather. The decision will be made based on the safety of the children and staff and ability to maintain ratios. Enrolled families will be notified through text and email from the center’s family communication app and through YMCA social media and email.

We make all announcements as soon as possible through the local news (facility closure or delay only), social media (Facebook and Instagram), the YMCA’s website, and via emails and mobile app push notifications. For sports games and practices, families will be alerted via PlayerSpace.