Updated Mask and Travel Policies

To: YMCA Members, Participants & Staff

From:  Sharon Jones, Executive Director

Date:  November 18, 2020

Re:  Travel Mandate per PA Department of Health

        Strengthened Masking Order

        Effective November 20, 2020


In recent weeks, the number of COVID-19 cases in our area have been increasing, sharply.  At the Y, we have been working diligently to press through challenges resulting from COVID-19 while continuing to offer safe and quality programs and services.  We are committed to doing our part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and comply with orders targeted at reducing the spread of the virus.

 I received notice of the new travel mandate and strengthened mask order for Pennsylvania, which takes place beginning November 20, 2020.  The Blair Regional YMCA will comply with these mandates and I wanted to make sure that you were aware of specifics of the travel order and strengthened masking order. 

Effective November 17, when we received notice of the new orders, we began communicating this information.  We acknowledge the challenges of having only 2 days to communicate to all involved with the Y and then enforce this order. Full compliance, most likely, will not happen overnight and ask for your cooperation and patience as we work to meet the requirements of the orders.  

In addition, we need your help if we are to continue offering a safe environment and one that helps stop the spread of COVID-19.  Please help provide a safe environment at the Y by:

  • Following the travel mandate handed down by the PA Department of Health
  • Wear a face covering at all times as the order details.
  • Please cover both the nose and mouth with your face covering
  • Practice social distancing
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Continue to practice handwashing on a regular basis
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes

I want to thank each of you for trusting us to be your organization of choice for your wellness, fitness, childcare, aquatics, programming, membership and social needs.  In addition, thank you for all you have done and continue to do, to support our Y and our childcare program.

We are all feeling the stress from these challenging times but I know that if we all do our individual part to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we will collectively, reach new heights in this fight. 

I wish you, your family and your loved ones a safe and joyous holiday season.



Please see below, the requirements per the PA Department of Health:

Travel Order

Pennsylvanians visiting other states are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their return to the commonwealth or to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania.

This order, which takes effect on Friday, November 20, does not apply to people who commute to and from another state for work or medical treatment. 


Strengthened Masking Order

Dr. Levine first issued a masking order on April 15. The order signed today strengthens this initial order with these inclusions:

  • Masks are required to be worn indoors and outdoors if you are away from your home.
  • When outdoors, a mask must be worn if you are not able to remain physically distant (at least 6 feet away) from someone not in your household the entire time you are outdoors.
  • When indoors, masks will now be required even if you are physically distant from members not in your household. This means that even if you are able to be 6 feet apart, you will need to wear a mask while inside if with people other than members of your household. 
  • This order applies to every indoor facility, including homes, retail establishments, gyms, doctors’ offices, public transportation, and anywhere food is prepared, packaged or served.


In requesting further clarification on the strengthened mask order, the following FAQs were sent:

  • Does the Order require individuals to wear masks when participating in indoor physical activity?
    Yes, a person must wear a face covering when participating in indoor physical activity where another person or persons who are not members of the individual's household are present in the same space, irrespective of physical distance. Face coverings need not be worn if the person meets one of the exceptions in Section 3 of the Order. (See below)
  • Does the Order apply to athletes and sports activities?
    Everyone who participates in sport activities including coaches, athletes (including cheerleaders), and spectators must wear a face covering, such as a mask, unless they fall under an exception in Section 3 of the Order (See below).
  • Indoors: Coaches, athletes (including cheerleaders), and spectators must wear face coverings, when indoors and where another person or persons who are not members of the individual's household are present in the same space, irrespective of physical distance. This includes while actively engaged in workouts, competition, and on the sidelines, etc.
  • Outdoors: Coaches, athletes (including cheerleaders), and spectators must wear face coverings if they cannot maintain sustained physical distance from persons outside of their household. This includes while actively engaged in workouts, competition, and on the sidelines, in the dugout, etc. If sustained six-foot distancing can be maintained, face coverings may be removed when outdoors.


  1. The following are exceptions to the face covering requirement
    • Individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition, including those with respiratory issues that impede breathing, mental health condition, or disability.
    • Individuals for who wearing a mask while working would create an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
    • Individuals who would be unable to remove a mask without assistance
    • Individuals who are under two years of age
    • Individuals who are communication or seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired or has another a disability, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication