Vancouver’s Downtown YWCA is taking steps it says will improve inclusion by implementing a new policy restricting nudity in open-concept shower areas.
The fitness center said this was a request from customers who wanted more privacy and more shower facilities, and is part of the YWCA’s approach to making sure everyone feels comfortable, regardless of their gender identity.
This policy applies to both men’s and women’s locker rooms. Minimal clothing, including swimsuits, is currently required in all open concept areas.
“We wanted to create a facility that was inclusive for everyone and where people felt comfortable and able to start their wellness journey. ‘We’ve been using this space,’ explained Fitness Director Sandy Reimer.
A sign outside the retractable shower reads, “As a courtesy to all guests, please use a separate stall on the first or second floor to undress and take a private shower.” I am.
Reimer said the move in a more progressive direction starts with the aforementioned renovations to allow private areas like shower stalls, and this policy builds on that.
“Our customers are very diverse, different generations, different religions, so we want to make sure we meet everyone’s needs,” she said.
YWCA members told City News they don’t have any major problems with the policy change.
“It’s a personal choice and I don’t care either way. But I always go to the private stalls,” Louise Dudley said.
“It’s a different world now. I think it’s better to accept everyone.”
“I’ve never seen anyone naked in an open shower,” added Hamish Kristan. “I don’t think it matters either way.”
Reimer said other gyms in the city that had already adopted similar policies in an effort to be more inclusive were consulted before the YWCA followed suit.