Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Y Brisbane actively plans to manage the implications of this virus for our fitness and recreation centres, schools, childcare, OSHC’s and other community centres and facilities. You can be assured we have been preparing and are putting in place measures to help control the spread of the disease.

Last Updated: 30 March 2020

We will be updating this page as new information comes in. We are working with our Council partners and the State Government, with all actions taken in accordance to the decisions made by the Australian Government Department of Health and Queensland Health.

As directed by the Australian Government, our community centres (Springfield Lakes, the Space North Lakes, the Ridge Acacia Ridge) have closed as of midnight on Wednesday, 25 March 2020.

Our fitness centres, gymnasiums and aquatics centres have been closed as of 12pm Monday, 23 March 2020. We'll be monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will be updating our closure period according to instructions from Queensland Health and the Government.

At this point, the majority of our other services remain open in line with current directives from the government, including Family Day Care, Early Learning, OSHC, Hospitality and Camping. 

Some of our OSHC centres must close over the April school holidays. This is a direct result of COVID-19, which has left our service with a low number of enrolments, which unfortunately means the service is unviable. Centres which close over the April school holidays are Darling Heights OSHC, Edens Landing OSHC, Flagstone OSHC, Hilder Road OSHC, Musgrave Hill OSHC, Peak Crossing OSHC, Park Ridge OSHC, St Paul's OSHC, and Westside OSHC.


Early Learning Centres & Family Day Care centres:

  • Acacia Ridge Early Learning Centre
  • Strathpine Early Learning Centre
  • Sunshine Coast University Hospital Early Learning Centre
  • YMCA Family Day Care Brisbane
  • YMCA Family Day Care Gold Coast


  • George Williams Hotel


  • North Pine


YMCA Helensvale OSHC20 March 2020Temporary closure due to case of COVID-19. Will re-open on 6 April 2020.
YMCA Camp Leslie20 March 2020Temporary closure due to business downturn.
YMCA Camp Warrawee20 March 2020Temporary closure due to business downturn, may re-open for Vacation Care.
Old Petrie Town Markets22 March 2020Due the restriction on 500 people in outdoor spaces.
Fitness and Aquatics Centres23 March 2020Under the direction of the Federal Gov-ernment as a non-essential service and to reduce the spread of infection.
Recreation facilities (gymnastics)23 March 2020Under the direction of the Federal Gov-ernment as a non-essential service and to reduce the spread of infection.
Springfield Lakes Community Centre26 March 2020Under the direction of the Federal Gov-ernment as a non-essential service and to reduce the spread of infection.
The Space North Lakes26 March 2020Under the direction of the Federal Gov-ernment as a non-essential service and to reduce the spread of infection.
The Ridge Acacia Ridge26 March 2020Under the direction of the Federal Gov-ernment as a non-essential service and to reduce the spread of infection.

For our facilities that remain open, there will be a limit of one person per four square metres in indoor spaces, and maximum of 100 people in an indoor space. Each venue will monitor the number of people present to ensure the limit is enforced. We will assist and encourage staff, guests, parents, and students to practice social distancing where possible. During this time, we are continuing with rigid hygiene practices and have increased cleaning of services.

Outdoor events at some of our venues, which potentially attract more than 500 participants, have been cancelled.

What is the Y doing to reduce the risk?

The Y is closely monitoring the situation and adhering to Australian and Queensland Government advice in relation to Novel Coronavirus.

We are in the process of placing additional hand sanitising stations and infection control signage throughout our centres, for your convenience.

The Y is also following its regular health and safety practices regarding cleaning of equipment, bathrooms and change rooms and our food handling procedures. This includes regular cleaning of equipment and toys. We will also be undertaking additional cleaning and disinfecting of high contact surfaces.

In the instance of a confirmed case at one of our centres, we will need to close for a period to allow QLD Health to assess the situation and to perform contact tracing as required to identify people and students who may have come in contact with the COVID-19 virus.

Specialised cleaning of the facility will take place if necessary before re-opening.

What do I need to do?

To protect our patrons, students and staff, we ask that members and students who in the past 2 weeks have travelled internationally, or who may have been in contact with a person who has COVID-19 not attend our centres, services, programs or pools until 14 days have lapsed from their date of departure from the overseas country. Please contact your centre or service if this applies to you.

As per usual health and wellness guidance, we ask members, students and visitors who are unwell with respiratory illness should seek medical advice and remain at home until symptoms resolve.

We also ask that all members, students and visitors take the precautions advised by the public health experts including:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – dispose of tissue immediately and wash hands.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough (stay more than 1.5 meters away).

Further Updates

We will continue to provide updates via our social media pages including Facebook and Instagram. We will update this information as circumstances change on our websites and via emails.

Where can I get more information?

More information about Novel Coronavirus can be found at the following websites:

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