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The JCC has Reopened!

The health and safety of community is the JCC’s top priority. Every decision made regarding our Phase 2 reopening has been through the lens of the health and safety of our members and staff.

Our goal is to provide JCC fitness and wellness services in a safe and modified form in compliance with state, county and local guidelines and CDC recommendations, including mandatory masks, social distancing and sanitation practices, and extensive cleaning protocols.

The JCC has worked closely with long time partner, the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative, for continued guidance in our reopening plan.

When you walk through our doors, the JCC will look and feel a little different than pre-Covid 19, but we know you will welcome these changes as as we work together to make the JCC safe and enjoyable for the community.

We thank you for your patience and cooperation as we safely move forward together.

Welcome!


November 20, 2020 –  Modifications

In light of the recent Allegheny County Stay-at-Home Health Advisory

Effective November 20, 2020, the JCC will temporarily suspend:

  • Private swim lessons and group swim classes
  • Other small group indoor classes (even where social distance can be maintained)
  • In person teen and performing arts programs

The following services remain in effect and will, in all likelihood, continue as scheduled should the advisory extend to a mandate at a later date:

  • Child Care/Early Childhood Developmental Center
  • School Age Child Care – All Day at the J
  • Physical Therapy – PT at the JCC Powered by the JAA
  • JCC life sustaining services such as AgeWell Meals to Go and deliveries, blood drives, immunization clinics
  • Recently implemented Covid-19 testing through our partnership with the Squirrel Hill Health Center
  • Outdoor, capacity-limited “Pop In” exercise classes will continue, weather permitting, while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
  • The JCC will remain open for indoor individual exercise at this time unless otherwise mandated.

Overview

Operating Hours
as of October 5

Squirrel Hill:
Monday through Thursday: 6 am-8 pm
Friday: 6 am-6 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8 am-1 pm

South Hills:
Monday through Friday: 6 am-6 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8 am-1 pm

Flow Maps

Squirrel Hill Flow Map

South Hills Flow Map

Overview
  • Member Fitness Entrances:
    Squirrel Hill: Centerfit Entrance through the Forbes Avenue garage. Beginning Monday, November 30, access to the Kaufmann building will be only through the Forbes Avenue entrance.
    This change will be in effect during the renovation of the Centerfit entrance to enhance facility safety and security.
  • South Hills: Entrance remains the same
  • Members only (no guests)
  • Teens ages 13-15 must have a teen certification to work out in the Fitness Center.
  • One-time Mandatory Waiver must be signed the first time you enter the building. This will take place on an iPad as part of the screening.
  • Masks: Masks must be worn at all times by everyone age 2 and older, with the exception of those individuals with underlying health conditions.
  • Social Distancing is required.
  • Temperature Check and brief Health Screening upon entry
  • Hands-free Hand Sanitizer Stations have been added throughout our facilities.
  • Disinfecting Stations have been set up throughout the facilities.
  • Hands-Free Water Bottle Filling Stations: Water fountains have been limited to water filling stations only. Please bring your own water bottles.
  • Some Fitness areas will remain closed including Platinum locker rooms (Squirrel Hill), group exercise studios and spinning rooms.
  • Showers are not available.
  • Reservations through MINDBODY (click HERE for log-in and info) are required for Lap Swim.
  • Personal Training:
    Current clients can schedule with their Trainer.
    New clients – Please contact Laurie Wood (Squirrel Hill) or Elaine Cappucci (South Hills) to get started.
  • Credit card on file only; no cash transactions
  • Services that are not available:
    • Centerfit Platinum Locker Rooms
    • Pickleball
    • Open Gym Play
    • Towel service
    • Short Stop babysitting
    • Rentals and birthday parties

* We offer a robust schedule of virtual live and in person group exercise classes group exercise classes HERE

We are offering Pop In Fitness classes on site. View the schedule HERE

**If you need to pick up belongings from Centerfit Platinum, please email [email protected]

If you have a current COVID-19 diagnosis or you are experiencing any of the following symptoms which could be symptoms of COVID-19 (fever of greater than 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit, cough, chills, headache, shortness of breath, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, muscle pain), or you have had contact with a person that has been diagnosed with or suspected to have COVID-19 within the last 14 days, we encourage you to consult with a health professional and return to the JCC when cleared to do so.

We’re moving forward together! For questions, please call 412-521-8011 or email [email protected]

For updated information:

Health and Safety
Cleaning and Sanitizing
Protocols meet and exceed CDC guidelines
  • Cleaning agents used to sanitize the facilities and equipment, including new electrostatic sprayers, are EPA compliant to neutralize viruses including Covid-19.
  • High-touch areas will be disinfected frequently throughout the day.
  • The Fitness Center will be disinfected daily; members must clean equipment before and after their workout; staff will follow up after each use.
  • Disinfecting Stations have been set up throughout the facilities.
  • New electrostatic sprayers are being used.
  • Commercial cleaning and janitorial services will perform deep cleaning and disinfecting throughout the building daily.
  • HVAC adjustments and filter replacements have been installed following CDC guidance.
Health and Safety Protocols
  • Health Screenings will be given by a staff member when you enter the building. This will include a questionnaire and temperature check.
  • Social Distancing will be maintained. We have set up our spaces and activities so that you can maintain safe physical distances with practices and cues that include:
    -Public spaces and pathways are marked.
    -Equipment is spaced.
    -The number of visitors allowed in the building and in each open space has been adjusted in compliance with CDC regulations.
Sanitizing
  • Hands-free Hand Sanitizer Stations have been added throughout facilities.
  • Disinfecting Stations have been set up throughout the facilities.
  • Members are required to wipe down equipment after each use.
  • Hands-Free Water Bottle Filling Stations: Water fountains have been limited to water filling stations only. Please bring your own water bottles.

Fitness
Fitness
Facilities are available for Cardio, Weight Training and Personal Training (one on one).

Social distancing:

  • Fitness equipment has been reconfigured for social distancing.
  • Additional fitness areas have been created for social distancing and will be made available to accommodate overflow.
  • Separate areas have been created for one-on-one personal training.

Room capacities are in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Clean equipment: Members are required to wipe equipment before and after use. Disinfecting Stations have been set up throughout the facilities.

Towels: No towel service; please bring a towel.

Water: Water fountains are turned off; water bottle refill is on. Please bring your own water bottle.

Timed workouts: We ask that you work out no longer than 45 minutes in each area – pool, cardio, strength training.

Masks must be worn at all times by everyone age 2 and older, with the exception of those individuals with underlying health conditions.

Personal Training

  • Current clients can schedule with their Trainer.
  • New clients – Please contact Laurie Wood (Squirrel Hill) or Elaine Cappucci (South Hills) to get started.
  • We continue to offer Virtual Personal Training.

Bathrooms are available in the general locker rooms and on the Main Floor in Squirrel Hill and in the Lobby in the South Hills.

Fitness facilities are open for individuals age 16 years and older or 13 years and older who have passed their Teen Certification.

Aquatics
Aquatics

Lap Swim by Reservation only through MINDBODY for 45-minute sessions.

  • Log-in HERE
  • For more info, click HERE

PARTIAL REOPENING OF GENERAL LOCKER ROOMS

  • Available lockers will be spaced to provide for safe physical distancing. (To create a contact-free environment, lockers will remain open at all times and will not accommodate personal locks. Please do not bring or leave valuable belongings.)
  • Additional storage space available outside the locker rooms.
  • Locker room bathrooms will be open.
  • Showers will NOT be available.

Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled swim time.

Bathrooms are available in the general locker rooms and on the Main Floor in Squirrel Hill and in the Lobby in the South Hills.

Social distancing is enforced in the pool and on the pool deck.

Two swimmers per lane.

Reminder to Swimmers

Demand is high for the limited swim times.

If you can’t make the time that you reserved, please cancel so a fellow swimmer can have your lane. To cancel:

  • More than 24 hours before your reservation: Cancel on MINDBODY
  • Within 24 hours of your designated swim time, please call 412-697-3522 or email [email protected] during business hours.

FAQs

When can I reserve a swim time?

You can reserve up to 72 days before the swim time.

Please note: Members can only sign up for one  45-minute session per day.

What is the schedule for swim times?

All swim times will start 15 minutes after the hour and will run for 45 minutes.

On weekdays, sessions begin at 6:15 am and the last swim time begins at 5:15 pm.

Can I share a swim lane with a household member?

Yes. Both members of the household will need to sign up separately and notify the pool attendant/lifeguard upon check-in that they wish to be assigned the same lane.

Will you take walk-ins?

A 15-minute grace period will be extended for members who have reserved a lane. After that, a walk-in is free to take their lane for the remaining 30 minutes of the session.

Hello JCC Swimmer,

Member safety and well-being is the JCC’s Number 1 concern during this pandemic. We continue to monitor the evolving COVID 19 situation and have been following guidelines since we reopened in June. We will continue to rely on State, Local and National guidance. Below are the guidelines and protocols that JCC is following to maintain a safe swimming environment:

  1. Allegheny County indoor gathering rule of 25 people max.
  2. CDC  guidelines for Aquatics

CDC Aquatics Guidelines

  1. USA swimming guidelines

UUSA Swimming – Recommended Guidelines for Opening Pools Safely

  1. JCC facility protocols

jccpgh.org/reopening/

We understand in these unprecedented times that each individual needs to feel safe, stay healthy, and ultimately make decision based on their personal comfort level.  The JCC is committed to being here for you and the community and will continue to PLAN – IMPLEMENT – REVISE in all areas.

JCC Spaces and Activities
Entering the Building
  • One-time Mandatory Waiver must be signed the first time you enter the building. This will take place on an iPad as part of the screening. 
  • Masks must be worn at all times by everyone age 2 and older, with the exception of those individuals with underlying health conditions.
  • Health Screening: Upon entry, all members and staff will be given a brief health screening and temperature check. 
  • Squirrel Hill:
    Members
    will enter the facility through Centerfit Garage on Forbes Avenue. Beginning Monday, November 30, access to the Kaufmann building will be only through the Forbes Avenue entrance.
    This change will be in effect during the renovation of the Centerfit entrance to enhance facility safety and security.
    All members will be screened in a single-file 6 feet apart. Please expect possible delays at peak times.
    Early Childhood Development Center only access is through the entrance on Darlington Road.
  • South Hills: Members will enter through the main entrance with the exception of Early Childhood Development Center drop-offs and pickups from the ECDC wing.
Fitness Areas
  • Masks must be worn at all times by everyone age 2 and older.
  • Set-up for Safe Social Distancing: 
    • Equipment has been moved to allow for 6-foot physical distancing.
    • 45-minute time slots will be allocated and staff will monitor use.
    • Members will be required to wipe down the equipment they have used. No exceptions.
  • Hands-Free Water Bottle Filling Stations: Water fountains have been limited to water filling stations only. Please bring your own water bottles.
  • Short Stop babysitting services will be unavailable until further notice.
  • Under current CDC guidelines, wet areas, which includes showers, will not be available.
Activities
  • Private Personal Training is available for one-on-one, in compliance with social distancing.
  • Choose from our robust schedule of virtual live and in person group exercise classes HERE
    We are offering Pop In fitness classes on site. View the schedule HERE
  • Indoor Pools – Lap Swim: Squirrel Hill and South Hills opened on Monday, June 18.  Minimal changing areas will be available.  All swimming lanes must be scheduled through MINDBODY (click HERE for log-in and info).
  • Private Basketball Personal Training: click HERE for info.

Early Childhood Development Center

On June 1, we reopened Early Childhood Development Center programs at both our Squirrel Hill and South Hills locations.

View ECDC Reopening FAQs HERE

November 19, 2020

Dear JCC Members and Friends,

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we watch with concern the spike of Covid-19 cases across the Commonwealth and the new advisory issued on November 18th by the Allegheny County Department of Health.

With more than 5 ½ months of resumed operations, we take great pride in the consistency of protocols the JCC put in place since June that have allowed us to operate safely and with minimal disruption to those services, including mandatory masks, social distancing and extensive cleaning and sanitation practices. Your continued cooperation, both inside our facilities and away from the JCC, offers the greatest likelihood that we can deliver services through this increasingly challenging period of a lengthy pandemic. Our professional staff continues to go above and beyond each day to serve you and ensure compliance with evolving orders from the PA Department of Health and internal guidance vetted through the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative. Your health and safety remains our #1 priority while continuing our mission of community service and sustained impact.

In light of the County’s advisory, we want to assure you that the following services remain in effect and will, in all likelihood, continue as scheduled should the current advisory extend to an order/mandate at a later date.

  • Child Care/Early Childhood Developmental Center
  • School Age Child Care – All Day at the J 
  • Physical Therapy – PT at the JCC Powered by the JAA
  • JCC life sustaining services – such as AgeWell Meals to go and deliveries, blood drives, immunization clinics
  • Recently implemented Covid-19 testing through our partnership with the Squirrel Hill Health Center
  • 10/27 Healing Partnership services 

We also recognize from our experience during the mandated closure last spring that many of you view individual exercise as essential to the quality of your health as nutrition and sleep.  In that regard, the JCC will remain open for indoor individual exercise and swim at this time unless otherwise mandated.  For those of you who are not comfortable coming to the JCC, we remind you that the JCC has created a wide array of over 50 live classes a week that members can enjoy in the comfort of their own homes. A link to these classes and all other virtual JCC health, wellness, educational and cultural offerings can be found here  jccpgh.org/jccpghvirtual-beyond-our-walls/ . The JCC will also continue “pop in,” capacity limited outdoor exercise classes, weather permitting, where we can continue to practice social distancing guidelines.

In deference to the County advisory, effective November 20th the JCC will temporarily suspend private swim lessons and group swim classes, other small group indoor classes (even where social distance can be maintained), in-person teen and performing arts programs. If you are currently registered for one of these programs, more detailed information will come your way over the coming day or two.

Finally, for those of you who access our Squirrel Hill Kaufmann Building, we have received final permits and approvals to begin a long-awaited renovation of our Centerfit entrance beginning this December. This project is supported by earmarked, private funds raised prior to the pandemic and advances physical security improvements to our facilities staged and implemented over the past three years at all JCC locations. Further information on this project and temporary changes to entrance protocols will be communicated prior to the start of the project.

If you have specific questions, please contact [email protected] who can respond to your individual need. We remind you that our COVID FAQ’s can be found  HERE

We thank you for your support and patience as we make this next chapter of JCC life one of resiliency and accomplishment.

Thank you,

Brian Schreiber, President & CEO
William S. Goodman, Board Chair

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