Last updated: 01.07.2020

As many of you will have already heard, the Victorian Government announced on Tuesday 30 June that the COVID-19 ‘hot zone’ areas in Victoria will be returning to Stage Three restrictions from 11.59pm Wednesday 1 July.

Our centre is not in one of the hot zones and will remain open. However, the surge in COVID-19 cases across the state is a reminder to us all that following the government’s health advice is vital to help stop the spread of the virus.

Please remember to practise good hygiene and make a conscious effort to social distance when you leave your home – this includes when you visit our centre.

The health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and the community remains our number one priority. To ensure you are kept safe at our centre, we have implemented a number of safety measures across YMCA-managed sites. These include increased hygiene and cleaning, COVID-19 training for staff, and signage and instructions to help with physical distancing.

Now more than ever, we must all work together to stop the spread of COVID-19 and help keep each other safe.

An online booking system is now available where you can choose the program/time you wish to attend and at the same time you can make payment to secure your place. You can also book and pay over the phone. See below for more information. Please be aware you must have a confirmed booking before visiting our centre.

Last updated: 23.06.2020

We are excited to announce that from Tuesday 23 June the Health Club and Group Fitness Classes at the Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre will be reopening in line with the Victorian Government’s easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
Our operating hours will also be extended to the following times until further notice:

  • Monday to Friday: 6am to 8pm
  • Saturday: 7am to 1pm
  • Sunday and Public Holidays: Closed

We are following Victorian Government’s health guidelines and there will be a restricted number of people allowed within a space at any given time. As all existing member accounts are currently on suspension and no membership fees are being charged, we kindly ask that everyone uses the facility on a pay per use basis and books via our online booking system. 
The following fees will apply to our programs and services from Tuesday, June 23:

  • Individual Gym Session (50mins): $8.00 - Book now
  • Group Fitness Class (45mins – maximum 10 participants): $14.00 - Book now
  • Older Adults Group Fitness Class (45mins): $7.50 - Book now
  • Lap Swimming Session (45mins): $6.80 - Book now

Other important changes are:

  • We’ll have spaces for a maximum of 20 people in the gym and 10 people in group fitness classes.
  • Individual Gym Sessions will run for 50 minutes with a 10-minute changeover and sanitisation period between each session. 
  • Group Fitness Classes will run for 45 minutes to allow for a 15-minute changeover and sanitisation period between each session.

So no one misses out, we have set up an online booking system where you can select a session time and pay immediately to secure your place. You can also book and pay over the phone by calling our centre on 03 9486 7200. Please note, you must have a booking before visiting the centre. 

All other programs and services that are not listed above will remain closed. Access to change rooms, showers and toilets will be available from Tuesday 23 June, however we will require all patrons to exit the facility within the one hour limit in line with our COVID-safe requirements so we ask that you factor this into your expectations. 
To ensure your safety and the safety of our staff, we are implementing a number of changes to make your return to our centre is as smooth as possible. Please read the below safety measures prior to attending the centre.

  • Staff Training
    All staff have completed the Department of Health COVID-safe training, as well as additional training provided by YMCA Victoria to ensure they are equipped with the knowledge to keep you safe. We have also provided additional training for specific roles to ensure all programs operate safely with social distancing requirements in place. 
  • Booking online

    To ensure we are following the government’s health guidelines, there will be a restricted number of people allowed within a space at any given time. So no one misses out, we have set up an online booking system where you can select a session time that suits you and pay immediately to secure your place. You can also book and pay over the phone by calling our centre on (03) 9486 7200.  
    At this time, membership payments will not resume. You will be given notice prior to your direct debits recommencing. 
    Please remember that our change rooms, lockers and showers are currently closed, so you will need to arrive prepared for your activity. This includes bringing a towel, water bottle and warm clothes.   

  • Temperature scanning on entry
    Please make sure you arrive 10 minutes early to your session so you have enough time to sign in and get your temperature checked. All staff and visitors will be scanned upon entry and anyone who displays a temperature of 38°C will be politely asked to leave.
  • Signage and instructions
    Once you are inside the centre, you will see signage and instructions on how staff and visitors can be COVID-safe. Hygiene signage and floor, seat and bench stickers will be displayed throughout the facility to help everyone with physical distancing requirements. 
  • Social distancing in centre
    A safe distance of 1.5 metres between people will be required throughout the centre and programs. All spaces within the centre have been measured and 4 metres squared restrictions per space will be enforced. Staff and visitors will be counted as they enter and exit spaces, and some seats and equipment have been removed to ensure social distancing is possible.
    Please remember that we must all play our part in helping stop the spread of COVID-19. If a visitor does not follow our COVID-safe practices, including social distancing requirements, they may politely be asked to leave the facility by a staff member.
  • Hygiene and cleaning
    When you arrive at the facility, the first thing you will notice is hand sanitiser at all entry and exit points, with the expectation that everyone (staff and visitors) sanitise their hands before entering. Hand sanitiser will be available throughout the centre and in bathrooms.  
    The entire facility will be cleaned every 24 hours and high touch points, such as doors, toilets and gym equipment, will be cleaned regularly throughout the day. Staff will also be wiping down gym equipment regularly and antibacterial wipes will be available for visitors to use before and after using equipment.
  • Our 8-step plan for a confirmed case
    Our staff have been trained to ensure that if there is a confirmed case at the centre, they have the tools and resources they need to close down safely. All visitors will have to sign in at reception when they attend their session, which allows us to contact trace those people who were at the centre. There will also be a contamination clean prior to reopening.  
    Please do not visit the centre if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, tiredness, cold, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath or headache. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention and be checked for COVID-19 at one of the testing stations across the state.