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"What you have done is remarkable. And we are enormously grateful..."

We are thrilled to welcome you back for a phased reopening of the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan Health Club. The 4th floor Fitness Center is openand the Main Pool is open for adult lap swim. We've missed our community dearly and can’t wait to welcome you back to the building, with your health and safety as our highest priority. Please use this page as a comprehensive guide to reopening protocols and procedures to ensure your member experience is safe and smooth.

Workouts are by advance reservation only. You may do so via this page or via the JCC/Mindbody app, which can be downloaded via the Apple Store or Google Play. Masks must be worn at all times in the building (including in the Fitness Center and on the pool deck), and members must adhere to social distancing guidelines, as well as other health and safety protocols outlined herein.

HOURS OF OPERATION are 8 am-8 pm, with first pool entry time at 7:45 am.

The gymnasium, showers, steam room, massage services, and on-site group exercise classes also remain on pause until further notice. Limited basketball court access and personal training services are expected to resume soon.

Click here for the JCC's policy for dealing with suspected COVID-19 cases.



MEMBER RESERVATIONS

In accordance with government mandates, all members must make a timed reservation for a workout slot through the big blue button above, the JCC's Mindbody portal, or the JCC/Mindbody app, downloadable via the Apple Store or Google Play. Fitness reservations occur within 90 minute blocks separated by 30-minute closed periods for deep cleaning after members exit the floor.  Pool reservations are 45 minutes each.

As of now, slots may be reserved between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm, with first pool entry time at 7:45 am.

The reservation time you select represents the time you should arrive at the building. You will receive an email acknowledging your reservation. Please bring this confirmation with you via hard or digital copy (on your phone) as you may be required to show this upon entry. In the initial phase of reopening, drop-ins cannot be accommodated. Those who do not have a reservation will not have access to the building.

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HEALTH DECLARATION/WAIVER

Before your scheduled workout time, you will receive an email with a link to a health declaration in which you’ll be required to answer questions related to your health status, and acknowledge the risks associated with visiting the JCC.

You’ll need to complete this declaration before your arrival, on the day of your workout, and display the confirmation on your phone when you check in at the JCC.

This declaration must be completed and submitted every time a reservation is made

To view a sample declaration and waiver, click here

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ENTERING + EXITING THE BUILDING

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Arriving at the JCC

All Health Club members will enter through the JCC’s 76th Street door. Masks are required for entry and at all times in the building. Please bring a JCC ID (or other valid photo ID) and proof of your reservation, which can be displayed on your phone. Upon arrival, you’ll be asked to take a contactless temperature scan, then check in with a JCC Health Club ambassador, who will direct you to the the appropriate floor via the designated stairwell or elevator cars. 

Your reservation time represents the time you should arrive at the building. While you are welcome to arrive a few minutes earlier to ensure prompt entry, please note you will need to wait outside the building and adhere to social distancing guidelines. 

In the event of bad weather, if we have space to accommodate you, you will be able to proceed inside. Those that arrive past your scheduled reservation time may be subject to additional delays or asked to forfeit their reservation time.

All building visitors are subject to security screening as per usual.

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Health Declaration

Before your scheduled workout time, you will receive an email with a link to a health declaration in which you’ll be required to answer questions related to your health status, and acknowledge the risks associated with visiting the JCC.

You’ll need to complete this declaration before your arrival, on the day of your workout, and display the confirmation on your phone when you check in at the JCC.

This declaration must be completed and submitted every time a reservation is made

To view a sample declaration and waiver, click here

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Temperature Scan

Per government health and safety guidelines, we will check member and staff temperatures prior to allowing entrance to the JCC. Any individual with a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be allowed into the facility.

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Getting to the Health Club

Once you have received your temperature scan and checked in, you can proceed to the fitness center or pool. You will be directed by our JCC ambassadors and building signage to the nearby stairs or elevator(s). Please note that the JCC will be utilizing prescribed stairwells and elevators in the building to facilitate social distancing and reduce traffic crossover. Only one person or family unit/immediate contact circle will be allowed per elevator car.

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Exiting the Building

To exit the building after your workout, you’ll be directed back down the stairwell or the elevators, then out the same way you first entered—via our 76th Street door.

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FITNESS POLICIES + PROCEDURES

Masks/face coverings ARE REQUIRED in all areas of the fitness center.

  • Remain 6' apart from those around you.
  • Please come prepared to work out. Upon reopening, locker rooms will only be accessible for bathrooms and hand-washing. 
  • Lockers, showers, and steam rooms will not be available.
  • Wipe down equipment before and after use; wipes are available for your use throughout the fitness center.
  • Bring your own water bottle and utilize our touchless water refill stations. 
  • Please bring your own workout towel. Laundry service is unavailable at this time.
  • Members must bring their own personal fitness accessories (e.g. headphones) and may not share personal items with those outside of their immediate family unit.
  • Small bags will be permitted in the fitness center to carry your essentials. Hooks on the wall outside the fitness center are available for coats.
  • The common stretching area is currently unavailable; however, you may use the tables for a short stretch. Please limit your time and wipe down stretch tables before and after use.
  • Objects that are difficult to clean, sanitize, or disinfect will not be available upon reopening.
  • Adhere to your reservation time, and exit the facility promptly when your reservation time is finished and your workout is complete.
  • Please abide by JCC staff instructions at all times, and ask a staff member if you need help or guidance.
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Hours

Workout slots may be reserved between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm. Please consult the JCC/Mindbody reservation system online or via the app for reservation availability.

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Capacity

Upon reopening, the capacity of the 4th Floor Fitness Center will be a maximum of 45 members at one time.

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Reservations + Check-In

To work out in the fitness center, you must make a reservation for a 60-90 minute slot through the JCC's Mindbody portal, accessible via this page or he JCC/Mindbody app, downloadable at Apple Store or Google Play. You'll receive an email acknowledging your reservation. The reservation time you select represents the time you should arrive at the entrance to the building. You will receive an email acknowledging your reservation. Please bring a hard or digital copy (on your phone) of your reservation as you may be required to show this upon entry. In the initial phase of reopening, drop-ins cannot be accommodated. Those who do not have a reservation will not have access to the building.

Before your scheduled workout time, you will receive an email with a link to a health declaration/survey and waiver in which you’ll be required to answer questions related to your health status, and acknowledge the risks associated with visiting the JCC. You’ll need to complete this declaration before your arrival, on the day of your workout, and display the confirmation on your phone when you check in at the JCC. This declaration must be completed and submitted every time a reservation is made. To view a sample declaration and waiver, click here

Upon entering at our 76th Street door, you will check in and receive a quick, touchless temperature scan. Any individual with a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be allowed into the facility.

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Locker Room + Restrooms
  • Please come prepared to work out. Upon reopening, locker rooms will be available for access to bathrooms and sinks only. 
  • Wear a mask at all times and maintain a 6' distance from those around you.
  • Showers, lockers, the steam room, towel service, and amenities are not available.
  • Please refrain from loud cell phone calls or conversations. Camera use is strictly prohibited.
  • Restrooms (toilet/sink) for member use are also available on the 4th floor.
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Cleaning and Sanitizing

As the JCC begins a phased re-opening, we have adopted a set of protocols to best prepare the building, staff and members in response to COVID-19. The following guidelines address the cleaning, sanitization and disinfection of the facility, and are designed to ensure the health and safety of our staff and patrons. These guidelines are informed by the recommendations issued to date by governmental and public health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State and City Departments of Health. The Building Maintenance staff will receive all applicable training in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, with respect to reducing the risk and spread of COVID-19.

The following guidelines and more will be maintained:

  • Hospital grade disinfectants and proven methodology will be used to sanitize the building.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers and disinfectant wipes will be visible throughout the building. The dispensers will be monitored throughout the day to ensure they are fully stocked and available for all visitors and guests
  • All HVAC vents have been cleaned/filters changed as recommended by ASHRAE
  • Masks and gloves will be used by all building maintenance staff
  • Walls, rails, interior and exterior panels & buttons of our elevators will be cleaned every 30 min
  • Stairway rails, door handles, and push bars will be cleaned four times a day

The following will occur in the Fitness Center:

  • Hand sanitizer and wipe station stock will be checked continuously
  • All high-touch areas (e.g. door handles, weights) will be sanitized between sessions
  • Gym surfaces will be deep cleaned/disinfected throughout the day 
  • HVAC vents will be cleaned as needed
  • Members will be asked to wipe down all machines and equipment before and after use
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Air Quality

We are following all CDC guidelines with respect to air quality in our building as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. A key method to reducing the spread of the virus is to bring more outside air into the building. Bringing fresh air into the facility and flushing the existing air out prevents particles that carry the virus from lingering in the air and settling in the building. Therefore, our new air handling guidelines include:

  • Increased ventilation rates in all public spaces
  • Increased percentage of outdoor air that circulates into the system to its maximum
  • As we have repaired and replaced VAV and VFD controllers to allow for better situation flexibility in building.

In order to achieve these new standards, we have made the following changes to our air handling systems:

  • Increased the rating of our building’s air filtration system
  • Upgraded to MERV 13 air filters in all major air handlers
  • Maintain system controls to control relative humidity below 60%.
  • Installed UV disinfection in all major handlers
  • Purchased portable UV disinfection machines that will be used on the 4th floor and to disinfect entire nursery rooms.
  • Purchased standalone HEPA filtration units for high traffic or risk areas.
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First Aid

JCC Health Club staff will wear gloves and additional protection, as needed, when administering first aid.

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Drinking Water

Members will need to bring their own water bottles and utilize our touchless refill stations. 

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Guest Policy

At this time we will be accommodating Members only.  No guests will be allowed, and guest passes will not be honored.

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Age Requirement

Children under the age of 13 may not use the fitness facilities.

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Towels

Members must bring their own towel. The JCC will not provide towels and laundry service is unavailable at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

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AQUATICS POLICIES + PROCEDURES

  • Masks are REQUIRED at all times in the building and on the pool deck -- everywhere other than in the water.
  • Members must maintain appropriate 6 feet social distances in all areas of the building as well as on the pool deck.
  • Please come prepared to swim with your bathing suit under street clothes. Locker rooms will only be accessible for bathrooms and hand-washing, and for a quick, post-swim change. Lockers, showers, steam rooms, hairdryers and amenities will not be available. 
  • The family changing room is not in use as a changing space at this time and showers are closed.
  • The pool deck shower may be utilized for a pre/post-swim rinse. 
  • Members should bring their own towel. Laundry service is unavailable at this time.
  • Bring your own water bottle; you may utilize our touchless water refill station on the pool deck. 
  • Bring your own swim cap (required), goggles and other personal swim accessories, which may not be shared outside of your family unit.
  • Once you’re on the pool deck, you’ll receive a lane assignment and be directed to a specific bin (corresponding to your lane) for your things.
  • Please note that certain aquatics equipment may be unavailable at this time, including pieces that are difficult to clean and disinfect.  
  • Adhere to your reservation time, and please exit the pool deckpromptly when your reservation time is finished and your swim is complete.
  • Please abide by JCC staff instructions at all times, and ask a staff member if you need help or guidance.
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Hours

The pool will open daily at 7:45 am. Please consult the JCC Mindbody reservation system online or via the app for reservation availability.

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Capacity

Reservations will be limited to 5 swimmers per swim session (1 swimmer per lane). Please note our Training Pool is currently undergoing maintenance and will not be in operation for this phase of reopening. We will keep you posted.

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Reservations

Members may book up to 3 swim reservations per week. Swim reservations will be 45 minute sessions (total time from building entry to pool deck exit) which is followed by a 15 minute closed period for deep cleaning. Those wishing to swim must make a reservation through the JCC's MindBody portal, accessible via this page or he JCC/Mindbody app, downloadable at Apple Store or Google Play. Once you make your reservation, you will receive an email acknowledgement. You will also be sent a health declaration in advance of your reservation; please complete this before your arrival at the building, on the day of your swim. It is strongly encouraged that you have a reservation before coming to the JCC, as those without a reservation will not be able to swim, as spaces are very limited.

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Check-In

Please arrive at our 76th Street door ready to swim with your bathing suit under street clothes and a bag for your personal belongings. You will be asked to show your ID, a completed/confirmed health declaration on your phone, and then you will receive a quick, touchless temperature scan. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees F or higher will be asked to leave the building. You’ll then take the elevator directly to the 6th floor, where you'll enter through the family changing room. (Note this area will not be in use as a shower/changing area)

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Locker Room + Restrooms

Locker room access will be limited to a quick post-swim change and for bathroom/sink use. We are asking you to shorten your time in the locker room before/after your workout to help uphold the highest standards of safety for the community. Showers, steam rooms, lockers, towels and amenities such as hairdryers are currently unavailable. Please utilize the pool deck shower for your pre/post-swim rinse.

In addition, while in locker rooms, you must wear a mask at all times and maintain a 6' distance from those around you.

Please refrain from loud cell phone calls or conversations. Camera use is strictly prohibited.

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Exiting the Pool Deck

To exit the pool deck, you’ll take the stairs from the deck to the 5th floor locker rooms. You’ll leave the 5th floor via our designated elevators or stairwell B, then head out of the building the way you entered, via the 76th St door.

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Cleaning And Sanitizing

As the JCC begins a phased re-opening, we have adopted a set of protocols to best prepare the building, staff and members in response to COVID-19;The following guidelines address the cleaning, sanitization and disinfection of the facility, and are designed to ensure the health and safety of our staff and patrons. These guidelines are informed by the recommendations issued to date by governmental and public health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State and City Departments of Health. The Building Maintenance staff will receive all applicable training in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, with respect to reducing the risk and spread of COVID-19.

The following guidelines and more will be maintained:

  • Hospital Grade Disinfectants and proven methodology will be used to sanitize the building.
  • Hand Sanitizer dispensers and disinfectant wipes will be visible throughout the building. The dispensers will be monitored throughout the day to ensure they are fully stocked and available for all visitors and guests.
  • All HVAC vents have been cleaned/filters changed as recommended by ASHRAE
  • Masks and gloves shall be used by all building maintenance staff
  • Walls, rails, interior and exterior panels & buttons of our elevators will be cleaned every 30 min
  • Stairway rails, door handles, and push bars will be cleaned 4x a day

The following will occur in the Pool area:

  • All high touch areas (e.g. handrails, pool equipment) will be sanitized between sessions.
  • The pool area will be sanitized throughout the day
  • We will deep-clean/disinfect all locker surfaces overnight.
  • We will clean with UV-C light overnight
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Air Quality

We are following all CDC guidelines with respect to air quality in our building as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. A key method to reducing the spread of the virus is to bring more outside air into the building. Bringing fresh air into the facility and flushing the existing air out prevents particles that carry the virus from lingering in the air and settling in the building. Therefore, our new air handling guidelines include:

  • Increased ventilation rates in all public spaces
  • Increased percentage of outdoor air that circulates into the system to its maximum
  • As we have repaired and replaced VAV & VFD controllers to allow for better situation flexibility in building.

In order to achieve these new standards, we have made the following changes to our air handling systems:

  • Increased the rating of our building’s air filtration system
  • Upgraded to MERV 13 air filters in all major air handlers
  • Maintained system controls to control relative humidity below 60%
  • Installed UV disinfection in all major handlers
  • Purchased portable UV disinfection machines that will be used on the 6th floor to disinfect entire nursery rooms.
  • Purchased standalone HEPA filtration units for high traffic or risk areas.
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First Aid

JCC Health Club staff will wear gloves and additional protection, as needed, when administering first aid. All first aid will be administered at the lifeguard station on the pool deck.

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Drinking Water

You'll need to bring your own refillable water bottles; a footpad-operated water dispenser may be utilized on the pool deck.

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Guest Policy

At this time we will be accommodating Health Club/Pool Members only. No guests will be allowed, and guest passes will not be honored.

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Age Requirement

Upon reopening, pool reservations are limited to adult lap swimming. Children over the age of 13 who can swim laps independently and abide by the JCC’s health and safety standards may be eligible to make reservations. Please contact cstapleston@mmjccm.org to request.

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Towels

Members must bring their own towel. Towel and laundry service is unavailable at this time.

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Swim Lessons

Currently, the JCC Main Pool is open for adult lap swim only. Private swim lessons are expected to resume this fall. More information forthcoming soon. In the meantime, you can email privateswim@mmjccm.org with general questions.

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Removal of Personal Items and Trash
  • Members are responsible for cleaning up their seating area prior to leaving, and taking everything with them when they leave.
  • Trash receptacles are available around the pool deck for easy access.
  • No "lost and found" will be maintained; clothing and personal items left behind will be disposed of in the trash.
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TESTIMONIALS


"Jane and I will certainly stick with JCC through thick and thin. We had a refreshing restorative swim yesterday morning."

-- Peter S.


"The reopening of the pool has been a tremendous gift, and I'm grateful for that. And your staff has been just terrific -- careful, welcoming and deeply well organized."

-- Karyn F.


"Yesterday we headed over to the JCC for our first workout at the fitness center since the pandemic hit. We were among the New Yorkers who were being extremely careful about going out, possibly overly careful but due to our age (both over 60) and some underlying health issues, we felt it was better to take extra care. We did have a little trepidation about going to the JCC but hoped that the guidelines that were being followed and the precautions that were being put in place would ease our minds. While we'd been working out in our apartment we were so eager to get back to the gym!

Well, it turns out our expectations were completely exceeded! From the moment we entered the side door and headed up to the fitness center, we were made to feel safe and secure and so warmly welcomed by every staff member we encountered. Major kudos to all! What a wonderful job you have all done. We will definitely be back soon!

Please give our thanks to the rest of the staff as well. We are so appreciative."

-- Mike & Sue R.


"Part of the joy and relief in the experience of all of us seeing each other again at the JCC echoes what those of us who lived through NYC in the days post 9/11 remember. Enormous gratitude to see the people who walk along the edges of our lives step back into them, whole. We have all lost people, lost touch, and lost our sense of security during these last several months. There are people we will never see again, and have no way to know why. Did they move away? Did they retreat from some activities? Did they die?

To see each one of you -- each one of US -- that beautiful word -- grounds us in the community that all of you at JCC have so vigorously fought to keep, expand and elevate. We are so grateful."

-- Anne W.


"There are so many things I love about the JCC. One is the diversity of the community, starting with age diversity. In the pool and men’s locker room (I am only qualified to speak about the men’s), there are people so young they need help putting on their diapers and people so old they sometimes need help putting on their pants. Although much closer in age to the latter than the former, l am still able to get my own pants on and even to help some of the people older than me with theirs.

Anyway, just some thoughts, but I really just wanted to say thank you to the entire JCC staff. We know how much vision, dedication, and just plain sweat it has taken to get the JCC where it is today. We’ve each visited a half dozen times since the reopening. What you have done is remarkable. And we are enormously grateful."

-- Jim G.

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REOPENING VIDEOS


Staying Safe at the JCC, with Sara Berg


"Our First Workout Since the Pandemic Hit"


The JCC Main Pool is Open


The JCC Fitness Center is Open

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