UPDATE- November 20, 2020 

The Mattoon Area Family YMCA and Neal Center YMCA take the health and safety of our members, staff and community very seriously. In order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we have committed to following IDPH and DCEO approved safety guidelines in our facilities.

Our goal is to be able to continue to provide our community with opportunities for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, even through the pandemic. 

We will continue to follow safety guidelines that include:

  • Members sanitizing equipment before and after use
  • Frequent cleaning & sanitation by staff of equipment, touchpoints, locker rooms, restrooms and the facility.
  • Maintaining six feet of distance between fitness equipment and in fitness classes.
  • Members & staff are asked to stay home if exhibiting any symptoms.
  • Face coverings (masks) will be required to be worn while inside the facility by all.

At the Y, the safety of our members, staff and community are our first priority.  We are committed to supporting our community during this time of crisis by safely providing programs and services to promote a healthy mind, body and spirit for all.



Both wellness centers are open! We are currently limited to 25% capacity. Wellness Center attendants are on duty at all times in order to ensure compliance with cleaning and capacity requirements. Masks are required at all times- inside and outside the wellness center, including during physical activity. All equipment is properly spaced and our team will continue to clean constantly throughout the day. We’re proud that our members consistently tell us that they feel completely safe working out at the Y. For more information on our COVID-19 prevention strategies and policies, visit www.mattoonymca.org or www.nealcenterymca.org.


Aqua Aerobics classes, group swim lessons, swim team, and family swim are temporarily suspended due to government regulations. However, our pools remain open for individual aquatics activities! Lane reservations are still required and can be made up to 72 hours in advance. Two people from the same household may share a lane. Private swim lessons are also available and can be scheduled by contacting Austin Birch at (217) 234-9494 or abirch@mattoonymca.org, or by visiting www.mattoonymca.org.


In-person land and aqua classes (including small groups) are temporarily cancelled due to government regulations, but our new Virtual Y is always open! Members can use their barcode number to set up an account and workout with their favorite local instructors anytime, anywhere! We will also be offering some virtual classes LIVE at their regular times and days. Check our app for the full schedule, and please watch Facebook or check www.mattoonymca.org for more information.


Tracks are open at both locations. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.


While pick-up sports are prohibited by government regulations, our gyms are open for individual practice or workouts! Please remember to wear a mask.


Due to state regulations, the locker rooms at Mattoon are for pool users only, so please plan accordingly. If you need a change of clothes, we have some trendy, comfortable, and warm Y clothing for sale at the Welcome Desk! Individual locker rooms at Toledo will remain open.


We’re still going to wobble before we gobble! According to government regulations, masks are required for outdoor fitness activities, so one will be provided in your race packet. There will be no gathering in our lobby, so please plan to wait outside or in your car until the race starts. Contact the Race Director, Sarah Dowell, at (217) 234-9494 or sdowell@mattoonymca.org if you have questions.


We will be unable to hold Early Bird in person. However, we will be offering virtual versions of our group fitness classes on Thanksgiving morning! Make plans to workout with your friends and family and experience everything the Y has to offer on the new Virtual Y! Get all the details on the Facebook Event page for Early Bird.


Personal training is still available in our safe, clean environment! Make the most of this time and come out on the other side healthier and stronger than ever before! Our trainers would LOVE to schedule an appointment with you today! Personal training sessions can be done in-person or virtually! Visit www.mattoonymca.org and click on personal training to complete an interest form. A trainer will reach out to you to get your personalized program started!


Indoor sports (youth basketball, adult tennis, pickleball & basketball) are temporarily cancelled due to governmental restrictions. Be watching our Facebook page and www.mattoonymca.org for exciting announcements about spring sports as soon as we can move outside!



  • 5 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • 7 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday
  • 12-4 p.m. on Sunday


  • 5 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • 7 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday
  • 12-4 p.m. on Sunday


  • Lobby furniture and coffee station have been temporarily removed so that we can encourage social distancing and allow as many members as possible to access our facility.
  • Towel service will not be provided. Please bring your own towels.
  • Water fountains will be closed, but bottle fillers will be available.
  • Child Watch is temporarily closed.

As you know, these plans can change at any time, depending upon state and local health requirements. While we can’t predict how long the COVID-19 crisis will last, or whether it will be necessary to close facilities and programs again in the future, we are committed to doing whatever is necessary to ensure your safety. 

Please remember that all of this information is subject to change depending on regulations set forth by state agencies. We thank you for your patience and support as we work through these phases. We will keep you informed of any changes through Facebook, email, and the YMCA app. 

If you have any questions or concerns about these reopening phases, please call (217) 234-9494 in Mattoon or (217) 235-2500 in Toledo. We’re SO happy to welcome you back. Together, we’re a better us.


Immediate membership financial assistance is available to anyone who suffered a job loss or other loss of income during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the welcome desk for a temporary assistance application.


If you have questions about your membership, please contact Hannah Robinson, Membership Director, at hrobinson@nealcenterymca.org.


Make a charitable contribution to Membership for All through our annual Member Campaign. The Coronavirus has created enormous uncertainty in every sector, but most of all for those with fewer resources. You can play a vital role in helping us meet needs and help Coles and Cumberland County residents to heal and recover when this crisis is over.  Click HERE to make a donation.


We deeply appreciate your understanding and patience as we navigate the challenging circumstances related to the Coronavirus. We want you to know that the Y is here for you and our community as we have been for the last 175 years.

Keeping your membership active will allow the Y to remain focused on our efforts to help keep the community strong during this pandemic. We are working diligently on plans and partnerships to provide needed programs and services including summer childcare and online health and fitness offerings.

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