UPDATE- April 20, 2021 

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, except during exercise.

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 50% capacity. Wellness Center attendants are on duty at all times in order to ensure compliance with cleaning and capacity requirements. Masks are required when moving throughout the facility, but are not required during exercise. 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. 


Aqua Aerobics classes, group swim lessons, swim team, and family swim are operating at limited capacity. Reservations are strongly recommended for all classes. If you do not have a reservation, you must check-in at the Welcome Desk prior to attending a class, and spots are not guaranteed. Lane reservations are available for individual aquatics activities 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 clicking here.


In-person land and aqua classes (including small groups) will be offered beginning Wednesday, January 20, 2021. Classes are limited to 50% capacity. For those who do not wish to attend in-person classes, 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! Check our app for the full group fitness schedule, and please watch Facebook for more information.


Tracks are open at both locations. Please practice social distancing.


Our gyms are open for individual practice or workouts! 


Locker rooms are open and are cleaned frequently throughout the day. There is no towel service. 


Personal training is available in our safe, clean environment and online! 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! Click here for more information on personal training, or to complete an interest form. A trainer will reach out to you to get your personalized program started!


Indoor sports are currently being reintroduced under IDPH guidelines. Be watching our Facebook page for exciting announcements!



  • 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 will reopen on 5/10/21.

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 and speak to Wendy. 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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