City of Boston Proof of Vaccination Mandate Lifted, Effective Friday February 18, 2022
On February 18, Mayor Wu announced she was lifting the City of Boston’s “B-Together” policy because Boston had met 3 conditions: a 7-day community positivity rate below 5 percent, fewer than 200 Covid-19 related hospitalizations a day, and an intensive care bed occupancy rate of less than 95 percent. On Friday February 18, the city crossed all 3 of those thresholds. The YMCA Of Greater Boston throughout the pandemic has aligned with local city and state guidelines. It is our commitment to serve all throughout our community.
COVID Policy Frequently Asked Questions
1.Why have you decided to remove the proof of vaccination requirement?
Throughout the pandemic we have aligned with local city and state guidelines, and this is an example of continuing to do just that. At the YMCA of Greater Boston, we are committed to serving all and removing any barriers in order to do so.
2. Is the YMCA staff vaccinated?
Yes, the YMCA of Greater Boston has implemented a vaccine policy requiring staff to be fully vaccinated or submit to weekly testing in all 13 locations and program centers.
3. Do I still need to wear a mask if I am vaccinated?
Face masks are required for all Y staff when indoors.
Face masks are strongly encouraged for all members and participants in consideration for your fellow Y members.
All swimming activities will allow for the removal of the face mask once in the water.
4. What is the Y going to do with the vaccination dates and information I provided during the period that B Together was in effect?
5. When does this go into effect?
We are implementing immediately (February 22, 2022). Our technology will be updated overnight on 2/22/22. Meaning beginning on Wednesday February 23, proof of vaccination is not required by our system to check in. In the meantime our Welcome Center teams are prepped to review the stop notice quickly and allow you on your way.
6. I felt comfortable coming with a vaccination policy, now I am concerned. What are you doing to ensure a safe environment?
The YMCA of Greater Boston continues to monitor COVID-19 trends and follow guidance from the CDC, local health agencies and public officials to update our policies, practices and procedures to ensure the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene and make appropriate accommodations for physical/social distancing. We work cooperatively with local health agencies and the Massachusetts Contact Tracing Collaborative to report COVID-19 incidents. The key measures we take to ensure a safe environment include:
- Installation of large air purifiers/filtration systems to supplement existing building mechanical systems for increased filtration beyond the minimum standards for buildings
- Mask requirement when indoors for all Y staff at every one of our 13 branches
- Safety Self-Screenings for Members, Program Participants and Team Members
- Newly Configured spaces at our Y’s to ensure physical distancing
- When the weather makes it possible, we open windows to increase air turnover to improve air quality
- Increased Cleaning & Disinfecting Protocols
- Following local health agencies and MA Contact Tracing Collaborative guidance in the event of a COVID-19 exposure
- Created a YMCA of Greater Boston Safety Team dedicated to reviewing data and consulting with health and safety officials to make consistent improvements to our safety protocols
- Outdoor group exercise classes and youth sports classes
- Virtual access to critical programs on our YMCA Go platform to promote and maintain health
- Active and frequent communication to keep you informed and safe
Other Online Resources
- Massachusetts testing sites
- Massachusetts Vaccine sites
- Boston Test and Vaccine
- Boston Medical Center Vaccine info: https://www.BMC.org/getvaccinated
- YMCA of Greater Boston vaccine partners and clinics found here: https://www.massgeneralbrigham.org/covid19/vaccine