COVID Updates

As we continue to navigate the pandemic, this will be your source of YMCA information regarding facility and program status.

UPDATE: May 27, 2021


In alignment with the recent CDC guidelines and Illinois Governor Pritzker lifting the mask mandate for fully vaccinated individuals, the YMCA of Rock River Valley is updating its mask policy. As of Thursday, May 27, members who are fully vaccinated (2 weeks after your final COVID-19 vaccination dose) will no longer be required to wear a mask upon entry to the Y and in common areas. 

Members who are fully vaccinated, but do not feel comfortable going mask-free for any reason, should continue to wear a mask. We will continue to have separate mask-required workout areas for those who choose to wear a mask and feel safer in that environment. 

Based on the CDC's guidelines, anyone who has not been fully vaccinated is required to wear a mask upon entering the Y and in common areas. It is still optional to wear a mask while exercising - even if you are not fully vaccinated.

*Please note, masks will continue to be required for all youth and in all child care settings at the Y. 

UPDATE: May 13, 2021
Our region's numbers continue to move in the right direction. The Governor announced that we can move into a bridge to Phase 5 on Friday, May 14.  Below we outline what this means for you while at the YMCA. All YMCA changes will take effect Monday, May 17 - unless otherwise noted.

Reservations - Starting May 17, we will no longer require reservations for cardio/strength areas, basketball, rock climbing and pickleball. We will keep reservations for the pool, group fitness and racquetball.

Nationwide Membership - We are reopening Nationwide Membership starting May 17 along with Stateline Family YMCA and Belvidere Family YMCA. This means you may soon use these other Ys in the area under your YMCA of Rock River Valley membership, and we will welcome their members into our facilities.

Health Screenings - Starting May 17, we will no longer take your temperature and ask the screening questions upon check-in. We do ask that if you are showing signs of sickness, to please stay home. We will continue to check temperatures in the Kids' Care area as we are following daycare guidelines, and our staff is often in close contact with the children.

Youth Policy - We now allow youth ages 14 and up to be in our facilities without a parent on-site. Youth must have a reservation and be participating in an activity.

Our hours of operation are:

SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA
Monday - Friday: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Northeast Family YMCA
Monday - Friday: 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Puri Family YMCA
Monday - Friday: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Sunday: Closed


Rock Climbing

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Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. and every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Reservations are not required starting May 17.

Lap Swim (Reserved)

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Lap Swim (Reserved)

Lap swimming and water walking is available at both SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA pools and the Northeast Family YMCA. 45-minute time slots. Up to four family members from the same household may share a lane with one reservation. Independent swimming for ages 16 and up. Ages 8-15 may lap swim with a parent on deck supervising. This is for active YMCA of Rock River Valley members only. Advanced reservations are required. 

Lap Swim (Drop-in)

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Lap Swim (Drop-in)

We now offer times throughout the day at both facilities for drop-in lap lanes. Reservations are not required for these lanes. Click the image to download available hours.

Family Swimming

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Family Swimming

Reserve a time for family swim in the zero-depth entry pool at the Northeast Family YMCA or in our warm water pool at the SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA. Four swimmers per household are allowed per one reservation. Swimmers ages 9 and under are required to be under the direct on-deck supervision of a parent or guardian. Swimmers ages 9 and under who cannot pass the swim test must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the water within arm's reach. The slide will be available for use on Sundays. Reservations are for 45 minutes. Swimmers do not have access to the lap lane area unless they reserve time in the lap lane area.

Swim Lessons


Swim Lessons

Summer swim lessons will be provided at five locations! Indoor at our Northeast and SwedishAmerican Riverfront locations, and outdoors at all three Rockford Park District Pools. Click to learn more.

Cardio/Weight Room


Cardio/Weight Room

Our wellness centers at the SwedishAmerican Riverfront, Northeast Family and Puri Family YMCAs are open. Starting May 17, we no longer require reservations for these areas. Masks are optional while exercising. We do have separate mask-required workout areas for those who choose that option.

Group Fitness

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Group Fitness

In-person group exercise classes are back! Reservations are required. We will continue to expand our on-demand library of classes for those who are not quite ready to join class in-person. Click reserve a class to secure your spot. Classes will be added as instructor availability and equipment allows.


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Game play is back at the Y. Starting May 17, reservations are no longer required. Up to 10 people per court are allowed and bring your own ball. Ages 13 and under must be accompanied by a parent. Due to the lack of social distancing while playing basketball, masks will be required at all times on the court and in the bleachers.

Personal Training

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Personal Training

We are offering in-person and virtual personal training at our SwedishAmerican Riverfront and Northeast Family YMCAs. You may use previously purchased sessions. Click here for rates and trainer information.


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Pickleball is available at the SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA and Northeast Family YMCA. A maximum of four players per court will be allowed. Starting May 17, reservations will not be required. Please bring your own sweat towel and water bottle. 



Please be assured that your safety is our number one priority. We’re following guidelines from the CDC, health experts and local officials to ensure our YMCA meets the highest standards of hygiene and safety.

What to Bring

You’ll need your membership card or phone with the YMCA app for check in, a mask, water bottle and a towel. Our water fountains will be available for filling bottles only. Additionally, we will not be offering towel service.

Wearing a Mask/Screening

Wearing a mask is optional when working out. As of May 27, 2021, fully vaccinated members do not need to wear a mask at the Y. Health screenings are no longer required at check-in. We ask that you self monitor and please stay home if you are feeling sick.

Cardio Center

You’ll notice that some of the equipment is not in service. This allows us to provide a safe distance between members using the equipment. YMCA staff will thoroughly clean the equipment after each use and rotate the use of the equipment to allow for full sanitation. We encourage you to wipe down the equipment before and after use for extra precaution. 


Masks are optional when working out. We still require masks to enter the building and when moving around. Below we outline when masks are required and when they are optional. We do have separate mask-required workout areas for those who choose that option.

Masks Required:
Check-in and Check-out
Moving Around the Facility
Kids' Care
Pool Deck
Locker Rooms
Basketball - due to lack of social distancing

Masks Optional:
Group Fitness Classes
While Exercising

To make a reservation, click the button below to access the schedule.

Find the specific activity you want. Filter by category: cardio & strength room, pool, racquet sports, group exercise. Click “Sign Up” next to the activity time you want. 

Choose “Create a Login” for our Group Ex Pro reservation system. You only have to do this the first time. You will login for the following reservations.

Enter your email address and click “Login.”

Click “Reserve a Spot.”

If the class is full, add your name to wait list. If someone cancels their reservation, you will get a notification that a spot has opened up. Reserve

We are noticing issues with Safari and Internet Explorer. Try using Chrome or Firefox. If you are still experiencing issues reserving your time online, then please feel free to call the SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA at 815-489-1252 or the Northeast Family YMCA at 815-885-6852. Make a Reservation

1) Go to our website: - or click the button below
2) Find the class you registered for and click Sign Up
3) It will say you are already registered and offer a cancel option
4) Click Cancel Click to Cancel

We have a temporary youth policy in place. Youth ages 0-9 may come to the Y for programs only. Youth ages 10-13 only under parent supervision. Ages 14 and over are allowed to be in the facility without an adult, but must have a reservation and be participating in an activity.

Kids' Care, our drop-in childcare, is now open again with limited hours. Reservations are not required. Children 2 and older must wear a mask. No shoes in the Kids' Care area and socks must be worn.

Northeast Family YMCA
Monday-Friday: 8am-12pm, 5pm-7pm
Saturday: 8am-12pm

SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA (beginning January 18)
Monday-Friday: 8am-12pm, 4pm-8pm
Saturday: 8am-12pm

The pools at the SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA and the Northeast Family YMCA are open for lap swimming, rec swim, water walking and individual water exercise.  Reservations are required for a 45-minute lap lane time slot. 
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The Women's, Men's and special needs locker rooms are available at both the Northeast Family and SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCAs for all members.

Pickleball is available on Court 3 at the SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA, and Racquetball is available on courts 4, 5 and 6. A maximum of 4 players per court will be allowed, and all players must be pre-registered for the time slot in order to access the building. There will be 45-minute time slots available.  Players must wear masks while in the building - including while playing on the court. 

We will be implementing a variety of safety precautions as we open the Y, but every individual will have to make his or her own personal decision on what is safest and best for their family. We will do everything we can to keep our members and staff safe, and we ask that you commit to participate by cleaning equipment and always adhering to facility protocols. 

We are asking all YMCA staff, members, volunteers and participants to stay home when ill (and to remain home for 24 hours after symptoms have disappeared if the illness is flu-like or gastrointestinal). We rely on each individual to self-assess their symptoms and illness. In an effort to prevent individuals who are symptomatic or who have been exposed from entering our facility, we will ask health screening questions at check-in. In instances where symptoms are observed, Y staff and members will be sent home. 


If you have questions about your membership status or you need assistance with registering for a service, contact us at or:

SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA: 815-489-1252
Northeast Family YMCA: 815-885-6852
Puri Family YMCA: 779-774-3675