YMCA North London has been closely following the government guidance around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As the situation has continued to change our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community.

We will be reopening our Fitness Centre on 25 July, following the government announcement and weeks of preparation. Our Hostel continues to remain fully operational as it has throughout the lockdown. However, at present our Harringay Club and childcare services remain closed.

Please find a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs):

Q. When will the Fitness Centre be reopening?

A. We are delighted to be able to reopen the Fitness Centre on Saturday 25 July in line with Government guidance with our usual weekend opening times, 8am to 7pm.

Q. What measures are the Fitness Centre taking in response to COVID-19?

A. Our team have been working tirelessly over the past few weeks to ensure the fitness centre is clean and safe ready for reopening. As well as introducing screens at reception, well-spaced equipment and sanitising stations, we will be frequently cleaning throughout the day to ensure the safety of members and staff. We request that members shower at home to minimise the use of changing rooms, and to use our contactless card system. To ensure social distancing is maintained we will be limiting class sizes, reducing equipment usage and have a one-way system and floor markers in place throughout the centre. 

Q. Do I need to book for a class?

A. Yes, all classes must be pre-booked one day in advance. Y-Total Members (used to be Gold Members) can book from opening until noon. Other bookings will be accepted after noon.

Q. Are classes socially distanced?

A. Yes, class size will be 20 people maximum, with floor markers for a 2m space per person.

Q. Are opening times and the class timetable the same?

A. Opening times remain the same, 6am to 9.30pm Mon-Fri, 8am to 7pm Sat/Sun. The class timetable is being revised and will have fewer classes due to new measures and summer holidays.

Q. What about mats and other equipment?

A. Please use your own mat if you can. We will have a range of cleaning solutions in place for the safe use of equipment. Please bring a wipe-down towel.

Q. Do I need to book for the gym?

A. No, we will aim to manage numbers upon arrival. Please be patient if you have to wait.

Q. Are the showers, loos, changing rooms, ad saunas in use?

A. Please shower at home if you can. Loos are available, as are the changing rooms, though we’d encourage you to avoid using them. Saunas are closed currently due to the current health situation.

Q. My membership is frozen, do I need to do anything to rejoin? 

A. Memberships were automatically frozen during the lockdown. Once the fitness centre reopens membership direct debits will be reactivated again. There is no need for you to do anything, you can just return to the fitness centre as you normally would.  

Q. Is the Fitness Centre crèche still running?  

A. The Fitness Centre crèche operates during school term time, so it will be closed over the summer holidays but will resume in September.

Q. When will the Harringay Club and Childcare re-open? 

A. Harringay Club is open from 2 September. At present our St. Aidans after school club is open. All other childcare services are closed until further notice. Please check our website and social media for updates. Rest assured we will re-open as soon as it is safe to do so.

Q. What measures are in place at the Harringay Club in response to COVID-19?


  • Deep cleaned building and equipment
  • Introduced one way system including social distancing floor markings and notices
  • Cleaning stations in each studio and gym space
  • New reception area layout
  • All children temperature checked before entering activities
  • Hand sanitisation stations mounted to walls
  • 15 minute cleaning time between each session
  • Parents encouraged to stay outside of the building after dropping off their children
  • PPE available on request

Q. Is the hostel open?

A. Yes, the hostel provides an essential service and is home to 154 residents and has remained fully functioning throughout the lockdown. We have introduced additional measures to keep residents and staff safe, see below.

Q. What measures are being taken to keep hostel residents safe?

A. We have increased cleaning and are providing government-issued advice for residents on how to keep themselves and others safe through practising good hygiene. We have introduced a visitor ban and where possible minimise contact between staff and residents to keep everyone safe.

Q. I’m a resident, what happens if I become ill?

A. The latest government advice is that anyone with a persistent dry cough or high temperature call 111 and self-isolate for 7 days. If you have these symptoms or have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 call 020 8340 2345 and notify a member of staff.

We will then assess the situation and make arrangements for you to move to either a private pod room or a 4th floor room where you will be asked to self-isolate to avoid spreading the illness to other residents.


If you have any other queries you wish to discuss with us, please do get in touch on petra.machanova@ymcanorthlondon.org.uk